Welcome to Faith Lutheran Church
(Serving the Community Since 1947)
We invite you to gather with us to participate in worship, fellowship, and service to our neighbors.
|Sunday mornings at Faith
9:00am – Sunday School and Adult Forum
10:30am – Worship
11:30am – Fellowship
Tuesday, 7:00pm – SonRise Bible Study
Our Food Pantry is open the 3rd Saturday of the month, 9:00-11:00am and in emergencies.
Join us on our journey to learn about and do God’s work in the Avon community and the world. We will celebrate with you, laugh with you, cry with you and grow with you. All part of the life of a child of God.
Faith’s welcome mat is always out.
From the Pastor
The other week when I was on the phone with a friend, we were discussing the current election cycle. I told my friend that I can’t wait for the three political ads per commercial break to end post November 8th. She thought I was kidding but then I turned on the TV and waited for the next commercial break. There were only two ads but the following break had three. Even though it can be annoying, it’s a great reminder to vote and engage in civic affairs throughout the upcoming month. As people of faith, we confess that God is at work in the world, and it’s the call of the church to engage with God’s work and serve our neighbors. Engagement takes various forms: education about candidates’ platforms, helping register voters, holding conversations about policies that will help or hinder people, and taking the time to fill out an absentee ballot or to go to the polls. As people of faith with diverse opinions as to who will best serve our communities, districts, states, and country, we don’t endorse candidates, but as people of faith, we are called to look out and care for our neighbors. That’s why prayerful discernment needs to happen. Who are the candidates who will best represent those who have been disenfranchised, work for peace and justice in our communities, and will care for the least? What policies best match what’s best for the country and reflect your faith? During the 2013 Churchwide Assembly, the ELCA passed a resolution to address the grave issue of voter suppression. This decision affirmed that members, congregations and synods of this church be encouraged to promote a “public life worthy of the name” by speaking out as an advocate, engaging in local efforts, such as voter registration and supporting legislation to guarantee the right to vote for all citizens. The right to vote on an equal basis is a fundamental requirement for a just society.” – from ELCAvotes Civic Engagement and Voter Education Guide. As we approach Election Day on November 8th, I pray you engage in faithful conversations about how to best serve the world through our elected officials, pray for candidates, and do your part and vote. You can confirm your voter registration or register to vote at www.indianavoters.com. Registration ends October 11th so do it soon!
The ELCA has developed some great resources (Civic Engagement and Voter Education Guide, a Bible Study, fact sheets) at their website: https://www.elca.org/Our-Work/Publicly-Engaged-Church/ELCAVotes
A prayer for the upcoming month: Almighty God, you have given us this good land as our heritage. Make us always remember your generosity and constantly do your will. Bless our land with honest industry, truthful education, and an honorable way of life. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil course of action. Make us who come from many nations with many different languages a united people. Defend our liberties and give those whom we have entrusted with the authority of government the spirit of wisdom, that there might be justice and peace in our land. When times are prosperous, let our hearts be thankful; and in troubled times, do not let our trust in you fail. We ask all this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
- Pastor Emily