PLEASE JOIN US ON JULY 15TH FOR A FREE COMMUNITY DINNER AT 5:00PM, FOLLOWED BY A PHOTO PRESENTATION AT 7:00PM, OF A TRIP THAT WAS TAKEN TO THE HOLY LAND IN FEBRUARY OF THIS YEAR.
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!!
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
Fellowship Celebration to follow 3:00pm at the Freedom Church
on Oak Ridge Road. Any questions, please speak to Grant Rupp or Mark Fanslau.
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!
Free Ziti Dinner and a Movie – Saturday, March 25th. Dinner will begin at 4:30pm followed by a showing of “FENCES” at 6:00pm.
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?
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!!
SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY – February 12th, 2017. More than 80 containers of soup were donated to help support our Crossroads Community Food Pantry. A free will offering was collected for the soup and $775.00 was raised. Thank you to everyone who helped make this fundraiser a success!