Outreach Opportunities

Help us reach out to our neighbors in need with Christ's love & a Faith that works in real life!

RAHAB Ministries
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Soup Ministry
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Bus Stop, Soup Stop
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OASIS
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Community Garden
Community Garden
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RAHAB Ministries
RAHAB Ministries
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Boy Scouts
Boy Scouts

Boy Scout Troop #390
The Troop meets weekly at Faith on Tuesday evenings. It is composed of over 30 boys of Junior and Senior High School age. The group has received numerous awards for excellence. While there are several adult leaders, Boy Scouts is about learning leadership as well as camping/survival skills.
 

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Cub Scouts
Cub Scouts Pack #3390

Cub Scout Pack #3390
This Pack sponsored by Faith is composed of Boys primarily from St. Hilary and Herberick Elementary Schools. There are approximately 70 boys in the Pack. The Pack is subdivided into Dens that meet weekly with the Pack meeting once per month. There is a high degree of parental involvment required.

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12 Step Groups
12 Step Groups

12 Step Groups
These groups are designed to help individuals overcome addictive behaviors or needs that are counterproductive for the self and others. Faith enables two Alcoholics Anonymous groups and one Al-Anon group to meet weekly.

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Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity
This is a national organization that buildings quality housing for those whose income makes it impossible to acquire such housing by any other means. Faith has been part of a six church consortium that has built a number of homes in recent years.

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The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army

We support the Angel Tree Program.  Please watch for details closer to the holiday season.

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OPEN M
Opportunity Parish Ecumenical Neighborhood Ministries

OPEN M is a ministry of faith, health and hope in Akron that is supported by many Covenant Churches, of which Faith Lutheran Church is one. OPEN M’s ministries include: Community Works Connection, Family Development, Food Programs and a Medical and Dental Clinic, as well as special outreach activities at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Faith Lutheran Church supports Open M through financial contributions, with volunteers and also through donations to the emergency food pantry - including fresh produce from our community garden and an on-going commitment to providing instant pudding and gelatin - holiday food baskets, for which we provide boxed cereal, and of blankets made by Faith’s Busy Fingers ministry. 

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Summit County Children Services
Summit County Children Services
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Faith Preschool
Faith Preschool

Faith Preschool
Our Pre-school is a wholly owned and operated Christian preschool for 3-5 year olds. Currently, the preschool has 150 children enrolled. Depending upon the program, classes meet two, three or five days per week. The program is supported by tuition and the congregation and is open to the community

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Busy Fingers and Open M
Busy Fingers and Open M

One of the notable ministries provided by the Faith unit of WELCA is "Busy Fingers".  These women meet weekly to make blankets which are then distributed through the Open M. Busy Fingers has been providing this ministry for over 20 years.

 

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ELCA
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

Mission & Vision

Our mission
Together in Jesus Christ we are freed by grace to live faithfully, witness boldly and serve joyfully.

Our vision
A world experiencing the difference God’s grace and love in Christ makes for all people and creation.

Our values
Our values are grounded in faith, in our biblical and Lutheran confessional sources and our love of God and neighbor. They speak to the way this church lives and practices our faith, and they will guide how we journey forward in Christ as church together.

Forgiveness and reconciliation – We are reconciled to God by God’s forgiving mercy. Forgiveness and reconciliation flow from what God has made us to be in Jesus Christ and what God is doing with us in the world. As a people of God, we embody forgiveness in speech, action and relationships, and our ministry in reconciliation is foundational.

Dignity, compassion and justice – Each person is created in God’s image. We respect this God-given right to dignity and, inspired by the life of Jesus, show love and compassion for all people. Through proclamation of the gospel, through worship and as servants of God working for healing and justice in the world, we uphold and seek to protect the dignity and human rights of all people.

Inclusion and diversity – As Christ’s church, we value the richness of God’s creation and offer a radical welcome to all people, appreciating our common humanity and our differences. We are a church that does not view diversity as a barrier to unity. We recognize and will challenge dynamics of power and privilege that create barriers to participation and equity in this church and society – for women, people of color, minority ethnic groups, people with disabilities, people who are marginalized or living in poverty, and the LGBTQ community.

Courage and openness to change – Because we trust in God’s promise and understand faith to be a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, we are emboldened to embrace learning and change in our spiritual and institutional journey as church. This means we are open to new ways and willing to take risks to discover God’s plan for this church.

Faithful stewardship of God’s creation and gifts – As church together, faithful stewardship is about holding to God’s purpose and ensuring the responsibilities and resources that God has entrusted to us are used with great care and with accountability to God, to each other and those served by this church.

Churchwide Organization

Since our beginning in 1988, the ELCA has been one church body organized in three expressions — congregations, synods and the churchwide organization. Each expression has its particular functions but all three together share a common mission of doing God’s work in the world and proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ. Together, they ensure a solid foundation of leadership, active involvement in communities, opportunities for dialogue and diverse perspectives, creative partnerships, and support for members and ministries of the ELCA.

The churchwide organization is based out of the Lutheran Center in Chicago and functions with the ELCA’s 65 synods and nearly 10,000 congregations across the 50 states, Caribbean and U.S. Virgin Islands. The churchwide organization’s work and functions are guided by the Churchwide Assembly, the Church Council and four elected officers. Its staff and elected officers work at the Lutheran Center and in other locations around the world serving as administrators, advisors, conveners, partners and resource people for the ELCA and its ministries.

The ELCA also nurtures important connections with Lutheran, ecumenical and interfaith partners, and related organizations. We work alongside 27 colleges and universities related to the ELCA, 7 seminaries, more than 2,000 schools and early childhood education centers, campus ministries, outdoor ministries, social service agencies, and other agencies and institutions across the country and throughout the world. The work God calls us to do in the world is never done alone or in isolation, and the churchwide organization plays a key role in developing and supporting a culture of interdependence, diversity and common mission across all expressions of the ELCA and its partners.

 

 

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Lutheran World Relief
Lutheran World Relief

Lutheran World Relief (LWR) is a well-respected organization that works in 35 countries in the areas of disaster response (like the recent floods in Pakistan), teaching self-sustainability and seeking lasting solutions to poverty and injustice. One of the recent focuses is the Malaria Initiative, which is a partnership with LWR, the ELCA, the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church and the Gates Foundation to eradicate malaria, which is a preventable and treatable disease. Part of our 2010 "More Than Enough" Giving Project funds went towards this initiative to help people around the world through LWR. 

For the 2010-2011 school year the 5th & 6th grade FaithKids Sunday School class sewed 9 quilts and assembled 37 health kits to go to Lutheran World Relief to help refugee families in need. 

WELCA also supports Lutheran World relief every year by packing school kits for children in need around the world. Beginning in July boxes will be available in the narthex for collecting items such as Notebooks 8” x 10" wide ruled, Blunt scissors, Rulers 30 centimeters, Pencil sharpeners, 6 new unsharpened pencils with erasers, Individual Erasers 2 1/2”, Box of 16 or 24 crayons etc.  These items will be packed in a sturdy bag for shipment to LWR in Baltimore, MD. The congregation's participation is greatly valued and considered critical in providing children with necessities for continuing their education.

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