Faith Lutheran Church
Arlington Heights, IL  
431 S. Arlington Heights Rd., 60005     Phone: (847) 253-4839  

About Faith Lutheran Church

Faith Lutheran Church has been part of the Arlington Heights community since 1947.

Statement of Faith
Vision
Mission
Our History
Affiliation
Organizations/Activities
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Statement of Faith

We believe in God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and that all who believe in Christ's atoning sacrifice are saved.
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Vision

We believe that our Lord is calling Faith to be partners with Him in the area of Arlington Heights and to make a special place in our hearts and congregation for children and their families.  We will focus our ministries towards children and their needs of heart, body, mind and soul.  In reaching the children, we will also share the love of God with their families.  In order to do this, we will engage the lives of 1,000 children (and their families) through at least 10 different ministries by Pentecost, 2010.
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Mission

Faith Lutheran is a church that partners with Christ in the building of His Kingdom.  We invite you to be part of a church that builds faith, hope, and love in the lives of people.
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Our History

In 1947, the winds of hope and promise drift across the country.  College Enrollment soars to an all-time high of 6.1 million as more than 4 million returning veterans use their new opportunities for education, housing, and business provided by the GI Bill of Rights.  Miracle on 34th Street premieres, Frank Sinatra, Doris Day and Perry Como lead the way on the hit parade, and A Streetcar Named Desire opens on Broadway.  The average salary in America is $2,589.  Sugar rationing ends, sparking an enormous increase in ice cream consumption.  In Arlington Heights, Faith Lutheran Church is established, and the new congregation holds its first service at the Arlington Heights Field House on February 23.  A week later, Sunday School classes meet for the first time.  The church is named “Faith Church” on March 3, and officers are elected.  Pastor Edgar Behrens is installed as pastor on September 14, preaching his first sermon a week later on Sunday, September 21.  On Palm Sunday in 1948, the first Confirmation class is confirmed.  On June 13, ground is broken at the site of the new home of the church, and on September 13 the cornerstone of the church is set in place.  On September 25, 1949, the new Faith Lutheran Church is dedicated.  An education building is added to the church in 1960.  Further remodeling was done in 1966 and again in 2000 to modernize the educational building and sanctuary.   In 2004, the Rev. Thomas Sanders was called as the Director of Growth and Renewal. In 2006, Pastor Tom was officially installed as our Pastor. Today we enjoy the winds of hope and promise again, as we communicate the love of God as it is manifest in His Son, Jesus Christ, and share this love through our actions with all people everywhere. 
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Affiliation

Faith Lutheran Church's national affiliation is with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS), English District.  The LCMS, with headquarters in St. Louis, numbers 6500 congregations in the United States.  Through our affiliation with LCMS, we support mission work in 35 foreign countries and train pastors, missionaries, church workers, and teachers to staff the largest Protestant system of parochial grade schools and high schools in the United States.
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Organizations/Activities

Faith offers many opportunities for young and old to join in fellowship, have fun and to feel good about sharing the Lord's message with one another.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions regarding Faith Lutheran Church and the teachings of the Lutheran Faith in general.

As a visitor, will I be introduced during the service?
Are there accommodations for families with young children?
Are the facilities handicap-accessible?
Are there accommodations for the hearing and visually impaired?
Will I be required to give an offering?
Who may take Communion?
How do I become a member of Faith Lutheran Church?

As a visitor, will I be introduced during the service?
No.  It is not our practice to have visitors stand during the service and be introduced.  However, at the beginning of the 8:30 and 11:00 services, everyone is encouraged to stand and greet one another. [Back to FAQs]

Are there accommodations for families with young children?
Yes.  Although parents with young children are welcome to sit anywhere in church, the last pew on each side of the sanctuary is reserved for them in case the need arises to exit in order to attend to any needs.  There is also a special area for parents and children in the upper lobby.  At both entrances to the sanctuary there are baskets with materials for use with children (to keep little hands busy).  Baby changing stations are located in various bathrooms throughout the building. [Back to FAQs]

Are the facilities handicap-accessible?
Yes.  There are reserved parking spaces in the south parking lot, and a wheelchair ramp is located on the  south side of the building.[Back to FAQs]

Are there accommodations for the hearing and visually impaired?
Yes.  Large print bulletins are available.   Unfortunately, help for the hearing impaired is not yet available.  Please ask an usher for assistance. [Back to FAQs]

Will I be required to give an offering?
No.  An offering plate is passed during the service, but giving is strictly voluntary.  If you are a visitor, you are our guest. [Back to FAQs]

Who may take Communion?
All are invited who are baptized, repentant of their sins and believe that our Lord Jesus Christ is truly present with His body and blood in the eating and drinking of bread and wine in His Supper. [Back to FAQs]

How do I become a member of Faith Lutheran Church?
We extend the Sacrament of Baptism to all who have not been baptized - infants, children, youth and adults.
We Invite those adults who are looking for a church home to our Living Discipleship class.  Upon Completion of this class you may join Faith in one of the following ways:

Rite of Confirmation - for those who have never been confirmed in the Lutheran Church.
Letter of Transfer - for those wishing to transfer their membership from another Lutheran congregation.
Reaffirmation of Faith - for those who have been confirmed in a Lutheran Church, but have not been active. [Back to FAQs]

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Faith Lutheran Church | 431 S. Arlington Heights Road | Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Phone: (847) 253-4839 | Fax: (847) 398-5010
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