Free Community Fall Festival October 21st 3:00pm

Please join us on October 21st at 3:00pm for our 2nd annual Fall Festival.  There will be food, music, fellowship and lots of fun activities for the whole family.  We will be also showing in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the Martin Luther movie “The Idea that Changed the World”  Holy Faith members, please bring a side or dessert to share everything else will be provided by church.  If you have any questions, please call 973-697-6060.

HOMELIGHT BIBLE STUDY

 

It’s that time again! Time to “kickoff” our Homelight Bible Study Fellowship gatherings for the fall. What better way to do it than with a potluck on Sunday, September 24th at 12 pm (after Bible study and Sunday school). Bring your best dish and invite a friend! Any ideas for books are welcome. We will have a discussion on the suggested books and decide what we’d like to order so we can get the books in quickly and begin our studies in early October. Please pray for a great time of food, fun and fellowship as well as God’s blessings on our studies this year. Gatherings are held on Tuesdays at 7 pm at the Bredefeld home, at 7:15 pm on Tuesdays at the Kleindienst home and at 1:30pm on Wednesdays at the MacDermid home. Come “grow” with us!

SUNDAY SCHOOL – 2017

A new year of Sunday School at Holy Faith will begin on September 17th at 10:45am.  Please join us as we dig deep into the word of God, growing in faith and than sharing that faith with others! If you would like to register your child, or if you have any questions, please call the church office at 973-697-6060.

Journey Through The Holy Land

JOURNEY THROUGH THE HOLY LANDSeptember 16th we will have a dinner at 5:00pm and picture slide presentation 7:00pm.  A number of traditional recipes were brought back from the trip to Israel and the plan is to have a “Jewish Potluck”.   Everyone is invited!!  It should be a fun & informative evening.

COMMUNITY BLOCK PARTY – JUNE 17TH

BLOCK PARTY!!  HOLY FAITH INVITES EVERYONE IN THE COMMUNITY TO OUR 2ND ANNUAL START-OF-SUMMER BLOCK PARTY!!

WHEN:  SATURDAY, JUNE 17TH

TIME: 4:00PM – 8:00PM

WHERE: HOLY FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH * 104 PARADISE ROAD * OAK RIDGE, NJ * 973-697-6060

FREE FOOD, BEVERAGES,MUSIC,GAMES,ACTIVITIES,CAMPFIRE!!

FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY – Please join us 8-)  
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FAITH IN ACTION

Faith In Action Sunday May 21st

Please be a part of FIA on Sunday May, 21st. Sign-up will begin at

Church on May 7th. Anyone can sign-up online at

 www.faithinactionofthehighlands.weebly.com

Fellowship Celebration to follow 3:00pm at the Freedom Church

on Oak Ridge Road. Any questions, please speak to Grant Rupp or Mark Fanslau.

The Pastor’s Part . . . May/June, 2017

As I look back upon Easter joy and carrying that rejoicing forward into our lives sharing Jesus, a poem written by Barbara Janis comes to heart.  I share it with you with her permission:

You Could Say

You could say……..
I wasn’t there when the cross was made,
I didn’t join the wooden beams,
I didn’t force the iron spikes,
Or drive them past his mother’s screams…
I didn’t braid the thorn spined crown,
Or place it on His head,
I didn’t yell “Crucify, Crucify!”
Or stand by idly as He Bled!
I wasn’t the one who painted the sign,
That mocked His sacred name,
You’ll have to look somewhere else,
To find the ones to blame!
I wasn’t there to deny Him thrice,
Or then run away and hide,
I didn’t take the sharp edged sword,
And thrust it in His side!
I didn’t hear His final words,
As thunder ripped the sky,
I didn’t see His mother’s face,
Or watch her as she cried!
You could say ” It wasn’t me,”
But that would be a lie…
It was for each and everyone of us
That He was crucified!!!!
Our sin brought Him to this world,
Inside a virgin’s womb,
Our sin hung Him on the cross,
And sealed Him in the tomb!!
God’s love was so much stronger
Than our reckless hate,
He didn’t end on the cross
But pushed open deaths dark gate!!
He Arose Praise God to ignite our souls,
And in its brilliant flame,
All the dark places in our hearts,
Were cleansed and freed of blame!!!
So let the Joyous news ring out,
His Glory to Proclaim!!!
Rejoice, He has our salvation won,
There is power in His Name!
So let the Joyous news ring out,
Things will never be the same,
Rejoice, rejoice because He said,
He’s coming back again!!

Rejoice, salvation is won!  Our hearts burn within us like those disciples walking to Emmaus in last Sunday’s Gospel.  Let the Joyous news of our Risen Savior ring out in what we say and do!  And remember, He’s coming back again to bring us to be forever with Him!  Alleluia, Christ is risen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Message from Pastor Craig

 

With March comes Ash Wednesday and Lent.  Each year someone will ask, “Where does Lent come from anyway?”  Lent gets its name from an old English word meaning spring, the time when the days lengthen, thus “lent.”  The earliest Christians observed the 40 hours in which Jesus lay in the tomb with special devotions and prayers.  Later the period was increased to two weeks and then finally to the 40-day period (Sundays are not included because they are in Lent and not of Lent because they always celebrate the reality of Easter) to which we have become accustomed.  Since the 5th century, Christians have observed this period of preparation leading up to the celebration of Easter.

 

Interesting also about Lent is the observation I read recently that this 40-day period of Lent represents a tithe (10%) of our calendar year.  Just as the biblical tithe of produce or income was expected to be devoted to God in thanks and praise, so also it seems appropriate that a tithe of our year, our time, be set aside to focus on the saving work of our Lord Jesus Christ.  But the challenge for we moderns is that time has become our new currency and there’s just too little of it.  For hurried and harried folks like you and me, it just might be easier to give money than our time.  Often times Lent is simply forgotten:  midweek soup suppers and worship is sparsely attended, Lenten devotions are ignored, prayer simply falls by the wayside.  We find it hard to fit Lent into our busy schedules.

 

But without the spiritual discipline of Lent we pay the price.  Just as we are poorer when we don’t put our goods into the service of our Lord, we are equally impoverished if we don’t place our time into God’s hands.  No wonder our world is spiritually falling apart.  Our disregard for Lent is simply a symptom.

 

But it doesn’t have to be that way for us.  With Lent we have opportunity to walk with our Lord: to gather in Lenten soup fellowship, to worship with fellow pilgrims along the Lenten way, to worship our loving Father who sent His Son for us, to daily devote (ion) time to prayer.  We can take the time to drink deeply of the grace of God in Christ, who bore our sins on his shoulders even to the cross.  Lent is our time to grow in faith.  If not Lent, when?

 

FREE COMMUNITY DINNER & BOWLING

A good time was had by all on February 18th!!  At 4:00pm a classic hot dog & beans dinner was served followed by a fun time of bowling at Sparta Lanes.  Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time and talent to this event!!