Faith Lutheran Church seeks to bear witness to Jesus Christ in Word and deed in our local neighborhood. We support our local public schools through tutoring and school improvement, we have an urban farm with seven beds, we offer bible studies, organize youth events, offer confirmation instruction, and have traditional Sunday morning worship services.
GIFT Center Garden
At Faith Lutheran, we’ve embraced urban farming for several reasons. First of all, it is an incredible way to learn about the earth and God’s creation. Secondly, our garden produces good crops for food pantries and church events. We have a regular rotation of crops all year, and plant things like broccoli, collard greens, sweet and spicy peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, cranberries, okra, lettuce, snow peas, and much more! We are currently seeking community partnerships in order to expand our beds. If you would like to get involved, please email Pastor Russell Meyer at firstname.lastname@example.org or Pastor Gabriel Morgan at email@example.com. You can also call Pastor Gabriel at (813) 245-6812. We have work days in our garden every second Tuesday of the month, where you can help us plant new crops, learn about urban farming, and take home produce. These work days are open to everyone. Also, don’t forget to check out our facebook page for updates.
Kinship Free Market
The Kinship Market is an opportunity for community neighbors and church members to stock up on groceries entirely free of charge and with no pre-requisites. Bread, dairy, produce, and shelf stable items are available. We also have fresh produce from our church garden depending on the season. We offer this in partnership with Jon and Erica of The Well at Waters Ave Church and WellBuilt Bikes in the University Mall. Groceries for The Well are supplied primarily through Whole Foods, Feeding Tampa Bay, and individual donations with which we buy additional supplies.
Bible Studies and Christian Education
Faith Lutheran offers bible studies and study groups for adult Christian education on a regular basis. We completed a study in the Spring on Christian-Muslim relations. Please check back on this page or contact our staff to find out about future studies.
This summer, 2018, Faith Lutheran sent three of our high school youth to the National Youth Gathering in Houston. These gatherings include service workdays, concerts, interactive learning activities, Christian education, sports and games, and much more. If you’d like to learn more about the Youth Gathering, please check out their website here, or check out the YouTube channel here. The next national gathering will take place in 2021 in Minneapolis. Faith Lutheran will also participate in local and statewide youth events through sister churches and the Florida-Bahamas Synod. If you have youth that you would like to plug into our events, please contact Pastor Meyer or Pastor Gabriel, information above.
Confirmation is a two-year process of basic study and faith formation. Students not only learn basics of the faith through the reading of scripture and the study of the catechism, but they also learn how to connect their faith to the challenges of life in young adulthood, modern social issues, religious pluralism, and current scientific consensus. They also put their faith into action through youth events and service projects.
Faith Lutheran Church offers highly skilled confirmation instruction for junior high and high school aged youth. Our confirmation instructor, Pastor Gabriel, received his doctorate in theology from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia in 2017, demonstrating excellence in teaching and pedagogy. We currently have two students in confirmation that meet with Pastor Gabriel every Sunday at 2:30pm. If you are looking for confirmation instruction for your junior high or high school aged youth, please contact us with the information above.
The heart of the Christian life is receiving what Jesus Christ offers us through the Holy Spirit in the preached Word and the sacraments. Although this Spirit-given faith sends us out into the world to serve, we must still “fuel up” by coming before God to receive the good gifts of forgiveness and eternal life, responding with prayer, praise, and thanksgiving. Join us to recharge at Sunday morning worship at 9:00am.