Faith Lutheran Church

Loving God Supremely ... Serving Others Joyfully


360 South Main Street Andover MA 01810
978-475-4059
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Serving Others


May each person feel invited to this community,
feel equipped to use their gifts to the Glory of God,
and feel sent to serve...

Bread & Roses

2nd Monday of Every Month
Bread and Roses serves 130 to 175 dinners each night. Faith will be sending 3 volunteers on the 2nd Monday of each month. Serving time is from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM. There is a very small parking lot behind the Bread & Roses building. The most available spaces will be on-street parking locations near the building. There is a signup sheet in the hallway by the library.

Bread & Roses 58 Newbury Street Lawrence MA 01840

Contact Barbara & Gary Payson at breadandroses@faith-andover.org for more information.

Habitat for Humanity

2nd Saturday of Every Month, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Faith Member Tom Baird, a Habitat for Humanity Site Supervisor, has been lending his expertise to the Merrimack Valley Organization for many years. Our congregation supports this ministry by sharing our time and talents to build homes and build hopes for those families that have gone through the rigorous selection process to qualify for a Habitat for Humanity home. You do not have to be a building expert or have specialized skills to contribute to the projects. There will always be a job for you regardless of your skill level. Faith Members aged 16+ can volunteer the second Saturday of each month at any of the various build projects in the Merrimack Valley area.

Learn more about The Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity on our "spotlight" page. Contact Tom Baird at habitat@faith-andover.org to find out how you can help.

The ReStore

Located at 647 Andover Street in Lawrence, the Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a discount home improvement center. The ReStore sells donated new and gently used building materials, appliances, furniture, and home improvement items at greatly reduced prices. It’s a great service to donate, reuse, and repurpose items that may otherwise end up in landfills. All profits of the ReStore, support our efforts to build safe and affordable homes in the Merrimack Valley.

ReStore


The ReStore 647 Andover St Lawrence MA 01843


A to Z Ministry

Rwehanga, Zimbabwe

Faith supports those in need not only locally, but also globally. Our fellowship with the Lutheran Church in Rwehanga, Zimbabwe and their community school, began in 2003. Ramson Gambiza (photo right) a member of Faith and the son of a Lutheran minister in Zimbabwe, began to share with us the story of his home church and the local school. Since then, Faith has sent school supplies and raised, through the generosity of our members and matching funds from Thrivent for Lutherans, significant funds to pay for building and repair projects at both the church and the school. Faith has also helped develop a sustainable chicken farm and set up a grinding mill to make it more convenient for folks to grind their corn.


Gambiza Family

The Gambiza Family

Lutheran Creative Living House

Faith Lutheran Church actively supports developmentally disabled adults in our community through the Creative Living organization. Faith brought together Lutheran Social Services of New England and the Creative Living organization in a partnership that helped build the eight-person, full-time residential, Creative Living House in 2006. Both the Creative Living organization and the Lutheran Creative Living House are adjacent to our church. Many of the residents of the Creative Living House participate in the ministries of Faith.

Members of Faith Lutheran are on the Board of Directors of both the Creative Living Organization and the Lutheran Creative Living House. The Creative Living House is managed by Lutheran Social Services of New England.


Local Assistance

Throughout the year FAITH collects diapers, underwear and other items for social service agencies in Lawrence MA and money for Lutheran World Relief and World Hunger Relief, and participates in fundraising walks for hunger relief. Check this website or the church bulletins for current collection needs and times.

The Giving Garden

The Giving Garden is a real garden launched in June 2015 by a group from South Church in Andover. This organic garden sits on a quarter acre plot on the grounds of the Rolling Ridge Conference Center in North Andover and sends 90% of the produce grown to Neighbors In Need, a local nonprofit feeding 500 families each week at eleven food pantries strategically located in Greater Lawrence neighborhoods.

From their mission statement:

"We seek to plant seeds of hope in our community by getting our hands dirty. While growing healthy produce for our neighbors in need, we look forward to building relationships across generations and among faith communities. At the garden, we can learn sustainable and organic gardening practices as well as laugh, enjoy the fresh air and help young children pull weeds. We hope the Giving Garden will be a place for building relationships, caring for the earth, growing good food, and sharing its nourishing harvest."

The garden is a place where people of all generations and faiths are invited to come together for work and fun. You could help out with planting, weeding, picking produce, or watering. The garden also benefits from donations of extra shovels, hoes, and general gardening tools as well as financial contributions. This is a place truly open for every age. Get dirty and lend a hand!

Hike for Hope

October
This is one of several fundraising events to benefit the Lazarus House shelter for the homeless in Lawrence MA.

Christmas Gift Giving

December
During Advent, our outreach ministry provides hundreds of gifts for those in need through a Hat/Mitten drive and a Giving Tree that contributes holiday gifts for the homeless through Bread & Roses and Lazarus House in Lawrence MA and Ascentia Care Alliance (formerly Lutheran Social Services of New England). Program needs and collection times will be noted here and in the church bulletins.

Lazarus House Gift Trees