FAITH FORMATION RESOURCES

“continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught” Colossians 2:6-7


What is Faith Formation?

Faith Formation is:

  • Living out our baptismal covenant: (+) to live among God’s faithful people, (+) to hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s supper, (+) to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed, (+) to serve all people, following the example of Jesus and (+) to strive for justice and peace in all the earth
  • Fostering community through connections that create a sense of belonging, and
  • Being grounded in the love of Jesus for being equipped to share the message of Christ with confidence.
We Are Lutheran

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton talks about what it means to be a Lutheran in this 2018 Synod Assembly video.

Three Sides Monthly Podcast

Three Sides is a monthly podcast featuring stories from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). As a church that believes God is calling us into the world – together, Three Sides will present diverse voices from across the ELCA. Listen as we share unique stories from the many expressions of this church.
+ From our members whose lives are grounded in faith, love of God and neighbor.
+ From our congregations that work every day to share the love of Christ with all God’s people.
+ From our global companions and partners that join us as we work to build up Christ’s church throughout the world.
Visit www.LivingLutheran.org/podcast for more information or to listen to a podcast.


Good Reading!

Below are some recent additions to our Library. Check them out!

Christmas (Adult)

by Herbert Martin (Author), Marie Luise von Bronk (Illustrator), Inge Bash (Translator)

Publisher: Augsburg

by Mary DeTurris Poust

Prepare spiritually for the coming of Christ with this popular, easy-to-use annual guide. During the especially busy Advent and Christmas seasons, this book offers brief, down-to-earth reflections that bring prayer and Scripture into everyday life in a thought-provoking and lasting way. Through Mary DeTurris Poust’s insightful reflections on Scripture readings from the daily Mass, readers will grow in their understanding of the word of God. This book will help busy people achieve their goal of enriching their personal prayer life during the seasons of Advent and Christmas.

by Dan Schaeffer

Every year we resolve to get into the “real” Christmas spirit. Yet Christmas seasons come and go, leaving us with vague pangs of regret. Why does it seem so hard? What are we missing? Familiarity can blind us to the unique power and glory of Christmas. Dan Schaeffer takes us beyond traditional trappings and into the wonder of the best gift of the season – the essence of Christmas. He offers a new lens of insightful observations about the first Christmas, adresses burnout in contemporary Christmas preparations, and gets beyond the story of Christmas to help us experience the spirit of Christmas.

Christmas (Children)

by Norma Lewis (Author), Katy Hudson (Illustrator)

A new picture book about the Nativity of Jesus, with a lively cumulative story structure.
“This is the bed where Jesus slept. This is the straw that lined the bed where Jesus slept.” From here, the story builds with each spread, adding a new element and explaining the relationships among the participants in and witnesses to the first Christmas. From Jesus sleeping sweetly to the wise men bringing gifts, this charming book reminds readers of the joyous event we celebrate at Christmastime. Children will love the charming illustrations and the engaging repetition in this Nativity tale. Ages 4-7.

By: Jan Berenstain, Mike Berenstain

The 3-stories-in-1 book is the perfect gift for any Berenstain Bears fan. The Berenstain Bears Christmas Treasury is a hardbound edition featuring the Christmas stories:
+ The Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel,
+ The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving, and
+ The Berenstain Bears The Very First Christmas.

TV-G | 46min | Animation, Comedy, Family | October 2013

Bob and Larry are going all out to make it the best Christmas ever at the Spring Valley Mall. With music, decorations and a light show like no other, it’s an all-out spectacle to outshine the competition. But a little girl with a big heart changes everything when she shows them all what Christmas is really about.

Recent Additions

by Marion H. Larson (Author), Sara L. H. Shady (Author), Eboo Patel (Foreword)

Understanding our religious neighbors is more important than ever—but also more challenging.

The authors not only make the case that we can love our religious neighbors without diluting our commitment, but also offer practical wisdom and ideas for turning our faith bubbles into bridges of religious inclusion and interfaith engagement. Drawing on the parables of Jesus, research on interreligious dialogue, and their own classroom experience, Larson and Shady provide readers with the tools they need to move beyond the bubble.

by Kara Powell, Jake Mulder, Brad M. Griffin

Growing Young provides a strategy any church can use to involve and retain teenagers and young adults. It profiles innovative churches that are engaging 15- to 29-year- olds and as a result are growing–spiritually, emotionally, missionally, and numerically. Packed with both research and practical ideas, Growing Young shows pastors and ministry leaders how to position their churches to engage younger generations in a way that breathes vitality, life, and energy into the whole church.