Living Faith Lutheran Church
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New Members & Other 2012 Milestones

As a loving community of faith, we come together for all of life's rites of passage - from baptisms, weddings and the reception of new members, to funerals and fond farewells for members leaving the area. This photo captures a very happy Sunday morning - Jan. 22, 2012 - as Pastor Sandra Cox Shaw welcomes new members Peter & Kathy Fotheringham and Mary Madsen.

New Members & Other 2012 Milestones

Pastor & Lisa - a Fond Farewell

Pastor Sandra Cox Shaw and Lisa Schwartz after our Annual Meeting on Jan 29, 2012. The business meeting was Lisa's last responsibility as President of our Congregation Council; she and Pastor Sandra hold a beautiful farewell gift - a painting of the angel Gabriel. We all wish Lisa the best of luck in her new Northern Virginia congregation!

Pastor & Lisa - a Fond Farewell

Kudos to Our New President!

Stewardship Chairperson Cynthia Hernan congratulates longtime church leader Garry McCord after our Annual Meeting on Jan. 29, 2012. Garry was elected as the new President of our Congregation Council during the meeting.

Kudos to Our New President!

Peter makes his preaching debut

Three weeks after joining our congregation, Peter Fotheringham makes his preaching debut at Living Faith Lutheran - on Feb. 12, 2o12. Pete is a U.S. Military Academy alumnus, retired U.S. Army officer and graduate of the diaconal ministry program at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Pa. Our congregation called him to become a Ministor of Word & Sacrament on Jul. 15, 2012; he was ordained & installed on Sep. 1.

Peter makes his preaching debut

Deacon Pete - feeling the Spirit

Pete Fotheringham preaches while Pastor Sandra is away on the Second Sunday of Easter - April 15, 2012. The gospel - John 20:19-31 - related the poignant story of Thomas, the disciple who had to see to believe.

Deacon Pete - feeling the Spirit

First communion day!

Grayson McCord with Pastor Sandra Cox Shaw after her First Communion on March 25, 2012.

First communion day!

Welcoming Grayson as a communing member

Parents and other relatives  of Grayson McCord join Pastor Sandra in celebrating the First Communion rites on March 25, 2012.

Welcoming Grayson as a communing member

Grayson & Pastor

Grayson McCord assists Pastor Sandra Cox Shaw on the morning of her First Communion - Sunday, March 25, 2012.

Grayson & Pastor

Audrey's baptism

Pastor Sandra Cox Shaw rejoices with William and Amanda Kraiger after the baptism of their daughter, Audrey Hollyn Kraiger, on April 22, 2012.

Audrey's baptism

Preparing to baptise

William & Amanda Kraiger offer daughter Audrey for baptism, as Deacon Pete and Pastor Sandra prepare for the joyous sacrament.

Preparing to baptise

Child of God, you have been sealed...

... by the Holy Spirit and marked with the cross of Christ forever. Pastor Sandra Cox Shaw baptizes Audrey Kraiger as her parents, godparents & Deacon Pete look on.

Child of God, you have been sealed...

Pastor Sandra & Agnes at LOP Graduation

Living Faith Lutheran Pastor Sandra Cox Shaw joins Agnes Saenz, executive director of Community of Ministries of Rockville (CMR) at the lectern on June 7, 2012. The occasion: annual graduation exercises for CMR's Latino Outreach Program, which offers life-changing English lessons, citizenship classes and career-building skills to working adults. Living Faith is one of CMR's key ministry partners; our church hosts the graduation exercises and provides classroom space - an in-kind contribution of about $41,000 per year.

Pastor Sandra & Agnes at LOP Graduation

A blessing for Johanna

Pastor Sandra Cox Shaw offers a "farewell & godspeed" prayer for Johanna Ahonen on July 15, 2012 - shortly before she returned to her native Finland. Johanna & her husband worshipped at Living Faith Lutheran for more than a year, when work brought them to the Rockville area. Her warm smile, contagious laughter and beautiful voice are greatly missed!

A blessing for Johanna

Zoe's baptism day

Zoe Rozsa Lukes with Pastor Sandra, her godparents, parents Robert & Kim Lukes and older sister Reagan  after her baptism on July 15, 2012. (Reagan was baptized in our church two years earlier.)

Zoe's baptism day

"Pour your Holy Spirit upon this child ...

... the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord, the spirit of joy in your presence." Pastor Sandra Cox Shaw baptizes Zoe Lukes on July 15, 2012, as parents Robert & Kim and Deacon Peter Fotheringham look on.

Presenting our newest member!

Zoe Lukes right after her baptism on July 15, 2012.

Presenting our newest member!

Pete & friends - after the call

The Rev. Amy Sevimli, Council President Garry McCord, Peter Fotheringham, Pastor Sandra Cox Shaw & Kathy Fotheringham,  immediately after our congregation voted to call Pete as Minister of Word & Service on July 15, 2012. Pastor Amy supervised the vote; she serves as Assistant to the Bishop for the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America - supervised the vote.

Pete & friends - after the call

A heartfelt thanks to Duke

Council president Garry McCord presents a certificate to Arnold "Duke" Anderson on Aug. 19, 2012. The certificate honored Duke's hard work over many years maintaining our church grounds, including Living Faith's many beautiful flower beds.

A heartfelt thanks to Duke

Pastor Wally preaches

The Rev. Wally Anderson - a "child" of our church - preaches on Aug. 19, 2012. Pastor Wally is the son of longtime members Duke & Kay Anderson; he graduated from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, and has served as pastor of St. Martin Lutheran Church in Malvern, Ohio, since 1989.

Pastor Wally preaches

Pastor Wally works the elevated pulpit

Rev. Wally Anderson preaches on Aug. 19, 2012 - the first sermon delivered from our elevated pulpit in at least five years (and probably a lot longer). Pastor Wally grew up in our church, so it was a poignant visit for many longtime members ... including his parents, Duke & Kay Anderson. Since 1989, he has served as pastor of St. Martin Lutheran Church in Malvern, Ohio.

Pastor Wally works the elevated pulpit

Pastor Wally assists with communion

Rev. Wally Anderson grew up in our church and is today the pastor of a Lutheran congregation in Ohio; he visited Living Faith on Aug. 19, 2012, preached the gospel and assisted with communion.

Pastor Wally assists with communion

Steve & Natalie

Council vice-president Dr. Stephen Corbin with daughter Natalie Corbin, at the beginning of her Sept. 15, 2012, wedding to Carl Emberger Jr.

Steve & Natalie

Generous food donations

Every Sunday, Living Faith members bring non-perishable food items -- both for direct distribution to needy neighbors who call on our church throughout and the year, and for donation to Manna Food Center, one of our key ministry partners. Every year, our congregation donates between 1,000 and 2,000 pounds of food to Manna ... and a renewed push in the autumn of 2012 led to even more bountiful member giving - as on this First Sunday of Advent, Dec. 2, 2012.

Generous food donations

Welcoming 14 New Members

As part of our church's 60-Year Anniversary Celebration on Dec. 9, 2012, Living Faith welcome 14 new members. Leading the Affirmation of Baptism ceremony - from left on the chancel: Minister of Word & Service Peter Fotheringham; Council President Garry McCord; and Bishop Richard H. Graham.

Welcoming 14 New Members