Frequently Asked Questions

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Q. What time is Church?
A. Our Sunday service is at 11:00am. We also hold special services during Advent, Christmans, New Years, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, and Thanksgiving. Please check this website or call 989-734-2014 for information on specific dates and times of our special services.

Q. Do you change service times for the summer?
A. We did not change times in 2014.  

Q. Do you offer Sunday School?
A. Yes. During the school year (Sept. - May) Faith offers Sunday School for children in grades K - 5. Sunday School starts at 10:00 AM.

Q. Where is Faith located?
A. Faith is located just off of Hwy 32 in Hillman, MI. Turn off of Hwy 32 onto Veterans Memorial Hwy (also called Old Michigan 32). We are on the right hand (north) side. Please visit our "Map & Directions" link for a map.

Q. What is the Faith's telephone number?
A. For information about Faith please call Pastor Smuda at 989-734-2014. 

Q. Is the church handicap accessible?
A. Yes. The front door is at ground level. You may drive right up to the door to drop off and pick up. Once inside there are no steps. If you would like assistance please call ahead of your visit or ask the ushers to assist you.
  The basement entrance is also ground level - our church is built on a slope.

Q. I am a visitor; will your church make me feel obligate to give money when you "pass the plates?"
A. No. We are happy to have you worshiping with us and do not want you to feel obligated to give money. Giving money to the church is always optional. God wants people to give money to the church out of thankfulness and love and not out of a feeling of obligation. Jesus was more pleased with a widow who gave two pennies out of love for her Lord than the church leaders who gave large amount of money only to impress those watching.

Q. I don't know much about the Bible and have not been to church in a long time; will your church accept me even if I don't know as much as others?
A. Yes, yes, yes. Faith welcomes those who know nothing about the Bible or the church. There is no quiz you have to take and we won't make you recite the 10 Commandments. Our services are easy to follow along with. The pastor will announce what page to turn to and what song we will sing. During the service the pastor will read the Bible and talk about what the Bible teaches and how it applies to our life. After the services please ask Pastor Smuda if you have any questions. Pastor Smuda will also be happy to meet with you later if you would like to know more about what the Bible teaches.
 The only request of guests outside our fellowship is that you do not join in the Lord's Supper until Pastor Smuda has an opportunity to discuss our practice with you. 

Q. I have a basic/tough/doctrinal/practical question about the Bible/Faith Lutheran Church/other church teachings/christian living; is it ok to ask you even if I am not a member?
A. Yes. Faith Lutheran Chruch and Pastor Smuda are here to help both members and non-members with their faith and Biblical understanding. Feel free to ask us anytime you have a question about what the Bible teaches. You can call Pastor Smuda at (989-734-2014, and he will be happy to answer your question or set a time to meet and discuss it with you. You can also email Pastor Smuda at r
tsmuda@outlook.com. You may also use this website's Contact Us page.

Q. I know very little about what the Bible teaches but would like to know more; does your pastor meet with people to answer question and explain the teachings of the Bible?
A. Yes. Pastor Smuda regularly offers a course which teaches the basics doctrines of the Bible. This course provides an excellent introduction to the Bible for those who are not familiar with the Scriptures or a fine review for those who have studied God's word in the past. This course also prepares those who would like to take the Lord's Supper at our church and become part of our congregation. There is no charge for this series of classes and you will receive a free copy of the textbook, By Grace Alone. If you are interested in such a course please contact Pastor Smuda at 989-734-2014 or email at
rtsmuda@outlook.com and he will be very glad to talk to you about this fine course.

Q. I have children and want them to know more about Jesus and the Bible; does your church have a program specifically to teach children and youth about Jesus and the Bible?
A. Yes. During the school year (Sept. - May) Faith Lutheran Church offers a special children's learning hour every Sunday before church. From 6pm unlil 6:45 children in grades K - 5th can learn about Jesus, Bible History, and Biblical teachings. Your child will have fun while leaning about the Bible. If you are visiting feel free to let you children participate in Fatih's Sunday School.
    Every Summer Faith Lutheran Church holds a week-long day Vacation Bible School for children grades K - 5th. This fun-filled week is full of crafts, singing, and of course learning about Jesus and the Bible. At the end of the VBS the children get to sing some of the songs they learned during the Sunday service. For more information call or email Pastor Smuda.
    Youth above the 6th grade get the oportunity to more deeply study Biblical teachings and doctrines in confirmation class. This weekly class covers Bible History, and Biblical doctrins such as The Lord's Supper, Baptism, Keys, Law and Gospel, Absolution, Ministry, Confession, The Church, and other doctrines that Faith Lutheran Church believes and confesses. Youth in Confirmation Class will also discuss tough moral issues such as evolution, homosexuality, divorce, abortion, the role of Christains toward the government, and other issues. Youth are encourage to ask questions and discuss the issues they face.
   

Q. My child has not been baptised; should I baptize my child?
A. Yes! Holy Baptism has the power to work the new life of faith in the hearts of sinners. This regenerative washing "with water through the Word" is intended for all people, since all -- including infants and children -- are members of a sinful human race and are in need of God's grace and forgiveness. Jesus has also commanded that "all nations" be baptized. See
Mark 16:16, Matt. 28:19, John 3:5, Eph. 5:26.

Q. Do I have to be a member or attend a Sunday service before the pastor will baptize my child?
A. No. You do not have to be a member or come to a service to be baptized. Pastor Smuda would however like to explain the power and comfort of baptism to the parents and child (if old enough) before the baptism. A baptism does not have to be performed at the church. Emergency baptisms are often done at a hospital or home.

Q. Am I too old to be baptized?
A. No. Many, many people have been been baptized as adults. God's power works through Baptism regardless of age. Baptism has given comfort to many, many adults.

Q. I am a visiting ELS/WELS member; may I take communion at your church?
A. Generally yes if you are a ELS/WELS member in good standing with your home congregation, but please speak to the pastor before church and let him know that you are a ELS/WELS member and would like to take communion.

Q. I am not an ELS/WELS member; may I take communion when I visit your church?
A. The Bible says, "Whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself" (First Corinthians 11:27-31). The Lord Jesus has given his Supper to bring forgiveness and blessing to all who commune. Believe it, because he has promised! But not everyone is to commune. Those who do not properly examine themselves, and so do not recognize the presence of the Lord's body and blood in the Supper, bring themselves into judgment before God. Why is this? The act of communing in the Supper is a sacred act; it is an intimate, personal encounter with Jesus Christ.
    For this reason, Faith Lutheran Church (and the WELS/ELS) practices close communion. Close communion is the Biblical practice of admitting to communion only those members of the congregation who are in good standing (who confess sin, seek to turn away from it, and trust in Jesus for forgiveness) and who are united with the congregation in faith and understanding. Close communion protects those who do not understand the danger of communing without self-examination or without recognizing the presence of the Lord's body and blood with the bread and wine. Please speak with the pastor if you are interested in taking the Lord's Supper.

Q. I will be traveling this summer; how do I find an ELS or WELS church to visit while away?
A. First of all, too many ELS members take a vacation from their spiritual needs while traveling away from their home church. A family vacation is a great time to teach your children and family the importance of regular christian worship. Visiting other churches in our fellowship is also a good way to meet fellow believers and to experience a different worship environment and style. While all churches in our fellowship hold to the same Biblical doctrines and preach the same Biblical truths, there are many different worship styles and traditions. To find a WELS or ELS church anywhere in the US or Canada use the
WELS Locator Search (http://wels.locatorsearch.com/).

Q. Does Faith agree with the ELCA position allowing practicing homosexutals to be pastors?
A. No.  Our synod, the
ELS, issued a press release in the wake of the ELCA decision. Click here to view the ELS press release. The ELS doctrinal committee also released a response to the ELCA decision. Click here to view the ELS doctrinal committee response. Pastor Jeff Londgren also wrote a response to the ELCA decision that was published in several local papers. Click here to read Pastor Londgren's response.

Q. What is Faith's position on homosexuality?
A. First of all, Faith teaches that God wants all men to be saved including homosexuals. Faith also teaches that even though we are all sinners "God so loved the world." The members of faith want to extend the same love Jeusus showed to "sinners and prostitutes" to those practicing homosexuality. It is this love for the homosexual's eternal salvation that we must say as Jesus to the adulterer, "Go now and leave your life of sin." (John 8:11) Faith teaches that marriage is between a man and woman. (Mark 10:6-9) Faith also teaches that sex outside of this definition, including homosexuality and GLBT (Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender) lifestyles, are a sin. (Romans 1:25-27, I Corinithinans 6:9) We teach that homosexuality is a sin not to promote ourselves but rather out of a hope that they will turn to God and that we will one day see them in heaven.
    Our synod has published a simple booklet that answers the question "How Would God Have Us Approach The Subject of Homosexuality?" Click on the link and read through the booklet for many more Biblical passages and answers to many questions regarding homosexuality. If you have a question or would like to discuss this issue please contact Pastor Smuda.
 
 
 
A. The Bible tells us in 1 John 2: "18 Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. "   There will be many antichrists and there will be one ultimate antichrist or the Antichrist.   The book of 2 Thessalonians, chapter 2, gives some very clear signs of the Antichrist such as verse 4,  "He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God."   In the next few verses God tells us that the power of the Antichrist was secretly already at work and that the Antichrist would be overthrown at judgement day.    
 
    These signs or indicators tell us that the Antichrist will sit in the temple of God (the visible church) and proclaim himself God (or equal to God).  This Antichrist was in its formation at the time of the Apostles and will last till judgment day.   Along with other indications given in Scripture the Lutheran church in its confessional writings (Book of Concord) has maintained that the papacy of Rome, the office of the Pope, is the clear fulfillment of the Antichrist.
For more information on this doctrine please see the Book of Concord, Apology to the Augsburg Confession section 15 and 24.  Smalcald Articles 2 and 4.  Treatise on the power and Primacy of the Pope.  You may also see the WELS website for their official statement on the AntiChrist.
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