2017 Year in Review

It's been an incredible year at Faith Lutheran! Below you can watch a video of some of the highlights how Faith has lived out of five priorities of nurturing children, creating inspiring worship, equipping people with faith for daily living, making people feel like they belong, and serving the needs of the world.

John Reed
Faith members Rise Against Hunger

Pastor Ben says the Rise Against Hunger project on May 7 was a big success.

About 70 church members took part, working in the Parish Hall to prepare some 10,000 meals that will be shipped to poor people overseas.

"This is just what Jesus said we should do," Pastor Ben said, quoting the Gospel of John: “Feed my lambs. Tend my sheep. Feed my sheep.”

Amazingly, it only took about 90 minutes to prepare the thousands of meals.

Rise Against Hunger is a non-profit based in North Carolina. It has been working for about 20 years to end hunger worldwide. Its leaders say nearly 800 million people around the globe don’t get the food they need to live healthy lives.

John Reed
Oroville Evacuation Relief: A Call for Musicians

Dear Members of Faith Lutheran,
As the winter storms fill Lake Oroville and so many of our community are forced to flee their homes, we find our hope in Christ who calms the waters. And we remember, that we as the church are called to be Christ's body and to participate in providing that peace in the midst of fear.

We have offered Faith Lutheran's building to the county as an evacuation site, have checked in with our members in affected areas, and have been in contact with the existing shelters as to what help they need. At the moment, the Red Cross at the Silver Dollar Fair Grounds says that the best way that we can help would be to lift spirits through the blessing of music.

And so, we are putting out a call for musicians! Whether you play an instrument or sing, if you are able to spend some time today and possibly tomorrow sharing uplifting music with refugees at the Silver Dollar Fair Grounds, please contact [Raquel Krach][1]. You can either round up a group of your friends and go down as a band, or, let Raquel know that you're interested, what type of music you can provide, and what time you're free, and she'll connect you with other folks who match your gifts and availability.

Blessings to you all, you are the salt of the earth and the light of the world.

Pastor Ben

[1]: http://raquel@massaorganics.com

John Reed
Songleader Paul Vasile arrives to educate and inspire!

From now until Lent, Faith Lutheran will be focusing on singing! Thanks to generous donations to a fund dedicated to special music, we’ve invited church musical consultant Paul Vasile to spend five weeks with Faith Lutheran giving us tools and training to encourage every member of our congregation to use their God-given voice.

John Reed
Faith hosts Safe Space

Safe Space is an organization made up entirely of volunteers who aim to see that as many people as possible have a warm place to stay during Chico’s cold months.

About eight to 10 churches take turns providing space for people to sleep at night for a week or two between Dec. 1 and the end of February. 

John Reed
Instruments for Africa!

Faith Lutheran Church and our sister ELCA churches in Northern California have a chance to support a music education program at our Lutheran seminary in Tanzania in East Africa. We are collecting old and used musical instruments to send to Mwika and urge you to look through your closets and attics for brass and other instruments to help music teachers help their students!

John Reed
God's Work, Our Hands Contest Open for Voting!

Online voting is now underway for the God's Work, Our Hands contest for the Sierra Pacific Synod, and will continue through December 15.

The 2016 GWOH entries are summarized in the form of written narratives submitted by each participating church. This year's entries include projects by Christ the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of San Jose, Lutheran Church of the Incarnation in Davis, and our own FLC in partnership with Bethel AME here in Chico!

John Reed
God's Work, Our Hands Set for September 11

On Sunday September 11th, in lieu of worshipping together in church, we will be worshipping by using our hands to join in doing God’s work together.  

This year we will be joining members of Bethel AME Church located at the corner of 9th and Linden Streets in Chapmantown to help them with grounds work and maintenance of their church. 

John Reed
Pastor Ben Colahan to be Installed Saturday

Pastor Ben Colahan, most recently of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Brooklyn, New York has accepted a call to be pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Chico as of July 1. His formal installation will be held on Saturday, August 13 at 11:00a.m. The public is invited to attend, but an RSVP is requested for the catered luncheon to follow immediately after the installation.

John Reed
Pastor Ben Colahan Accepts Call to Faith Lutheran

As you may have heard, Pastor Ben Colahan has formally accepted a call as Faith Lutheran's next regularly-called pastor (click READ MORE to see his letter of acceptance). His first worship service as our presiding minister will be Sunday, July 3 at 9:30AM. Please join us in welcoming Pastor Ben!

A potluck lunch will follow after the service.

John Reed
Pastor John R. Gives Rwanda Update

Special guest Pastor John Rutsindintwarane gave the sermon at Faith Lutheran during worship on June 12, 2016. Following the service, he presented an update on recent activities in the villages of Kagitumba and Matimba, as well as in areas of western Rwanda.

John Reed
Special Meeting Scheduled June 19 for New Pastor Call and Vote

To all God’s beloved, who are called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 

This is how Paul addressed the Romans. This is how I wish to address my wonderful Faith Family at this exciting time. On behalf of the Call Committee and the Council, I want to invite all of you celebrate as we move forward in this interim time.

After much hard work and interviewing, the Call Committee voted unanimously to present Pastor Ben Colahan as a candidate to the council and we as a council then voted unanimously to bring his name forward to you.

According to Synod guidelines we then need to notify you and set a special congregational meeting. Our only agenda item will be to discuss and vote for this candidate and if approved by a 2/3 vote, send the call to him.

So I have the honor, now, to be notifying you! The date has been set for Sunday June 19, immediately after our service