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Faith Lutheran Church

March 2014 Volume 7, Issue 11

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Faith finds buyer for 209 Lawrence Street property

fter nearly seven years of searching, it looks as if Faith Lutheran Church has found a buyer for the former First Lutheran Church at 209 Lawrence Street. A Christian church seeking a retreat and worship space for its members has made a cash offer of $ 80,000, which we have accepted. The purchase agreement is without any conditions. As the buyer plans to use the building for a religious purpose, there is no need for any approval(s) from the City of Gardner. The sale is pending, waiting for closing. A special congregationa meeting will be held Sunday, March 16, following a combined 10 a.m. worship to decide the disposition of the the stained glass windows at the former church. It was previously decided that we would keep the windows when the

building and property were sold. At the time, the prospective buyers were either looking to conduct a business or convert the building into condominiums. In both cases, the windows were extraneous to the primary purpose of the buyers. In this case, however, the buyers intend to use the building for its intended purpose – to give glory to God in worship and service. They have indicated a strong desire to keep the windows. No other business will be conducted at this special meeting. All confirmed members of Faith Lutheran Church are encouraged to attend and participate in the discussion and vote. A letter announcing the special meeting and vote has been mailed to all members of Faith.

What you should know about Pastor Joe Who needs a ladder with Christoph helping to spruce up the parsonage?


• Scholarship

Applications, p. 4 •S  ynod assembly, p.4 • Lenten worship, p.6


By Pastor Joe McQuarry

s I begin my new ministry here with you at Faith Lutheran Church, there are a few things that you need to know about me. 1. I love people – I am an extrovert by nature. I love being around people, especially

people that I love. So please never think you are bothering me if you stop by the office for a chat, if you email or call me. I enjoy talking and being with people, and I will always welcome a conversation. Continues on next page

PASTOR JOE, continued from p.1 2. I love the community – Part of my calling is not only to serve Faith Lutheran Church but the greater community of Gardner as well. Once I get to know the community some more, I envision spending my time in the community getting to know people, making connections and getting the word out about Faith Lutheran Church. 3. I love God – I love the catholic church. When I say catholic church I mean church universal. I am one of those religious AND spiritual type people. As excited as I am to serve the people of Faith another part of my call is to serve the New England Synod, as well as the ELCA. From time to time, I may be unavailable for things at Faith because I need to be somewhere for the Synod or the ELCA. In the past I have been on the board for Vanderkamp (the Calumet of Central New York), and Lutheran Campus Ministry at Syracuse University. I have served as the chairperson for the committee that ran the Upstate New York Synod Assembly, and I have served on the Candidacy Committee. I like to be involved, and I understand my call is beyond the walls of the church building.

Pastor Joe McGarry

all people, so everyone can experience the love and grace of God in their lives. 4. I love my family – Family is very important to me. One of the big reasons we were looking to relocate was to be closer to our family. Family to me is not only the people that I am related too but our friends as well. There are so many people we have come to love and we are thankful for the blessing of family. 5. I love stories – Every single one of us has a story to tell. Some stories are fun and exciting other stories are harder to tell. I want to hear your story. I want to know who you are, where you have come from and how God has acted in your life. I, too, will share my story through newsletters, sermons, or conversations. There are many ways to tell our story and I can’t wait to hear yours!

With that being said I also 6. I love technology – I am believe professionally my not sure if I can say I “love” first call is to Faith and the the Internet or devices that people of Faith. Because of connect to the Internet my love for the church, I will but I am a social media do everything I can to build junkie. I have learned a up Faith to be a vibrant lot about social media and community that is open to the church the last few

years. I have good friends who have studied a lot about social media, how it works in conjunction with the church. I have a blog, twitter, Facebook, flickr and a number of other social media outlets. I own an iPhone and enjoy getting to know what is the latest and greatest in the field of technology. What this does for me is gives me the ability to be connected to you when I want to be. I want to be accessible to you. However, I also know the importance of real life connections. I believe the Internet is a way to get our message out there about who we are (as individuals, as well as a faith community), but the way that we are able to build strong relationships is to get together and connect face to face. There is no substitute for personal connections. That’s why it is important to be involved in the life of the church. That’s why it is important to come to worship every Sunday, to attend Bible studies and fellowship events. These are the things that I love, the things that are most important to me. Please share with me what you love. My first Sunday at Faith will be March 9. I hope to see you then, and if you want to email me or send me a message on Facebook introducing yourself, or setting up a time for us to get together that would be great! I can’t wait to get to know you better and to work together to build up our community of faith. Pastor Joe McGarry


ASSEMBLY June 5-7, Springfield, MA

Mission & Worship in the Age of the Spirit Workshops Creative Worship Starting Non-Profits Communication Skills

Strategies for Outreach Serving to and with the Poor

Register by April 30 for discount



irthday blessings to Martha Johnson, our Leap Year baby, who turned 90 at the end of February. Members of our Outreach Committee brought her flowers at the Baldwinville Nursing Home.


1 – Jeremy Bourque 7 – Mark Sawyer 8 – Christine Belitsky 13– Larry McClurken 17 – Max Rocheleau 19 – Jean Henrie 25 – Wayne Hobby 28 – Marliese Rau


f your birthday is missing, please notify the Church Office at 978.632.2271 as soon as possible so that we may celebrate the day God introduced you to the world.


Appications Now Available for Faith Lutheran Scholarship

pplications for the Faith Lutheran Scholarship are now available in the narthex. For those wishing to apply, these are the student requirements: • Appicant must be an active/ communing member of Faith Lutheran Church; • Appicant must be a full time student; • Full scholarships will be awarded to students enrolled in curriculums which culminate in an Associate Degree or Bachelor Degree. Graduate programs in ministry will be considered. • Appropriate scholarships will be awarded for a full time trade school or training programs which earn a work


Completed applications are due by April 27. No applications wil be accepted after this date. Scholarships will be awarded in May or June. Please give completed applications to a member of the Scholarship Committee or leave the application in the Scholarship Mailbox at church or mail to Faith Lutheran Church, 627 Green St, Gardner, MA 01440, c/o Scholarship Committee. Scholarship committee members are: Carol Nolin, Eleanor Ares, Linda Johnson, Jean Kiewel, Tammy Anderson and Karen Anderson. lease call Carol Nolin at 978-632-5438 with any questions.

Voting members sought for synod assembly June 5-7 in Springfield


ver wonder what the New Engand Synod is all about? Well, here’s your chance for a close-up experience. We’re looking for two members from Faith to accompany Pastor Joe to the Annual Assembly of the New Engand Synod Thursday, June 5, through Saturday, June 7, at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass. Faith will pay your registration, meals, mileage and lodging. Assembly theme is “Mission and Worship in the Age of the

Spirit.” The age of the spirit is a reference to the time in which we are living as being more oriented toward people’s quest for meaning and an authentic encounter with God. The assembly will feature many opportunities for casual conversation, small group discussions and educational experiences, as well as a variety of workshops, work projects, and worship. If you can serve as our two voting members, please contact Pastor Joe ( or Jeff Belitsky, president of Faith (

Congregation Council


ere is a contact list for the members of the Congregation Council. Please feel free to contact any member with questions, concerns or suggestions. Your input is important. Church Officers: • Jeff Belitsky, President, 978-632-9737, • Kelly Schaeffer, Vice President, 978-730-8623,

Faith helps Liberia ministry by filling second barrel


aith has filled one barrel for Liberia with sneakers, flip flops, medical supplies, dried beans, and bags of rice. And now we’ve started a second! Once filled, the barrel will be brought to Concordia Lutheran Church, Worcester, Mass., to be shipped to Liberia as part of Mission to Liberia, a nonprofit ministry founded several years ago in Worcester. Our donations will be brought to rural villages which have little or no medical attention; most of these villages never have seen a doctor or nurse. Foot infections are frequent in this tropical climate.

• Dot LaRoche, Secretary, 978-632-8344,

Please continue to help us with this humanitarian project. Learn more about Mission to Liberia at

• Bob Marinelli, Treasurer, 978-928-3835,

Student Honors

• Susan Horvath, Financial Secretary, 978-928-4726,

Alexandra Rocheleau of Winchendon graduated with high honors in December 2013, one semester early, from Western New England University, Springfield, Mass. She was a chemistry major.

Members: • Paul Carlberg, 978-430-0100, • Joyce Hosnander, 978-297-1672, • Liz Reiser, 978-632-1635, • Megan Reiser, 978-895-7942, • Douglas Rau, 978-786-1314, • Ottmar Rau, 978-297-1381, • Tamara Taylor, 978-760-1042, • Pastor Joe McGarry, 978-632-2271,

Max Rocheleau of Winchendon, a criminal justice major, was named to the dean’s list for the Fall 2013 semester at Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, Mass.

Bishop to Visit Faith May 21


he Rev. Jim Hazelwood, bishop of the New England Synod, will visit Faith Wednesday, May 21, in the late afternoon or early evening. More details are coming.

Photos by Marion Knoll

Cleaning the parsonage before Pastor Joe and his family arrives.

Faith Lutheran Church 627 Green Street (1/4 mile north of MWCC) Gardner, MA 01440 978.632.2271

Sunday Worship Schedule

Midweek Schedule for Lent

Sunday, March 16 10 a.m. — Joint Worship 11 a.m. — Special congregational meeting to vote on disposition of stained glass windows at Lawrence Street property.

Ash Wednesday, March 5 7 p.m. — Worship with imposition of ashes

Sundays 9 a.m. — Contemporary Worship 10:15 am — Education Hour 11 a.m. — Traditional Worship • Congregation Council meets monthly, the second Monday, 7 p.m. • Outreach Team meets monthly, the first Monday, at 10 a.m.

Wednesdays (tentative) March 12, 19, 26; April 2, 9 6 p.m. — Simple soup and bread supper 6:45 p.m. — Midweek Lenten Worship

Holy Week Worship Maundy Thursday, April 17 7 p.m. — Special Worship at Faith Good Friday, April 18 12 noon — Ecumenical Worship; location TBA 7 p.m. — Special Worship at Faith

Faith news march 2014  

The March 2014 issue of "Following Faith," the monthly newsletter of Faith Lutheran Church, Gardner, Mass.

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