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The regional convention of The American Association of Lutheran Churches was hosted by Faith Lutheran Church in Holstein in April 2015. Some of Faith’s hosts, visiting pastors and fellow AALC church members from through the Greater Heartland Region sat for a photo before a convention Worship Service.

Kids Faith Club is held at the church on Wednesdays during the school year from 3:30 to 5 p.m. All kids ages K-6 are invited to join

Members hammered nails into the old rugged cross on Good Friday, including Pastor Chris and Heidi Schroder, and children Noah and Sara.

Twelve of the pastors attending The AALC Convention in Holstein in April 2015 are pictured, including (in two front, center seats) our own Pastor Schroder and a founder of The AALC, Rev. Dr. Duane Lindberg of Waterloo.

Pastor Schroder’s inspirational and interactive Children’s Sermons are a highlight of each Sunday Worship service.

Rev. Dr. Duane Lindberg delivers the message during The AALC Regional Convention at Faith this spring. Rev. Lindberg authored the book, “To Tell the Truth – A 25-Year History of The AALC,” which is available by contacting the church or visiting www.taalc.org.

Faith Lutheran held its second annual Free Garage Sale at the church on Saturday, Sept. 22. The participation was amazing, with hundreds of items donated and claimed by folks from Buena Vista, Cherokee, Ida and Woodbury counties. The Faith Free Garage Sale is held each September and is just like any other garage sale – except everything is free! Clean, gently used household items and winter clothing are donated, claimed and traded. The slogan for the sale is, “If You See Something You Can Use, Simply Take It Home With You!” And it really is that simple. See you there next year.







Pastor Chris Schroder installed at Faith Lutheran

Holstein's newest church reaches another milestone

HOLSTEIN - Rev. Chris Schroder was installed as pastor of Faith Lutheran
Church of Holstein on Sunday, July 22, by Rev. Roger Twito, regional pastor
of the Greater Heartland Region of The American Association of Lutheran
Churches (AALC) and pastor at Ascension Lutheran Church in Ames.

Pastor Schroder promised to faithfully carry out the preaching and teaching
of God's Word, administer the sacraments, give of his time to pastoral care
and be a witness to the community as a disciple of Jesus Christ.

Pastor Schroder, along with wife, Heidi, and two children, Noah, 7, and
Sarah, 6, moved to Holstein in June to serve as Faith Lutheran's first
full-time pastor.
Several AALC pastors participated in Sunday's Installation Service in
addition to Rev. Twito, including Rev. Joe Dapelo, pastor at Prince of Peace
Lutheran Church in Evansdale, who preached the sermon; Rev. Len Brokenshire,
senior pastor at Ascension Lutheran Church in Waterloo, who served as
worship leader; and Rev. Paul Johansen, father-in-law of Pastor Schroder and
pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Nunda, S.D., and Lake Madison Lutheran
Church in Lake Madison, S.D., who served as lector.
"Even though I have been here for several weeks, the Installation Service
makes the call here more official," said Pastor Schroder. "I look forward to
many years ahead of fruitful laboring for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My
family and I are enjoying putting down roots and calling this home."

Joyful music for the service was provided by the Faith Praise Team - Dave
Borchers, Debbie Friedrichsen, Sheryl Leonard, Deb and Ron Parker and Tracy
Terry - together with Heidi Schroder on guitar and Sharen Borchers on organ
and piano. The very special soloist was Sarah Schroder, who sang in both
English and Spanish.
Following the special 4 p.m. service at Faith Lutheran, a meal and
fellowship were held at the Veterans Memorial Hall. Numerous visiting clergy
and missionaries were in attendance. Faith members thank all visitors for
gathering with them on this memorable day and offer a special note of thanks
to Rev. Dr. Dan Schroeder from Mighty Fortress Evangelical Lutheran Church
in Seward, Neb.; and Rev. Joel Scheiwe, Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod
(LCMS) missionary in Hong Kong, for joining them so far from home.
The Schroders are originally from North Dakota and also have lived in
Minnesota and Washington. They were called to Holstein from Duluth, Minn.,
where he served as associate pastor and director of Youth Ministries at
Christ Lutheran Church.
Pastor Schroder is a strong believer in Biblical preaching and small-group
Bible studies. One of his favorite Bible verses is Romans 10:9-10, which
reads, "If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your
heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."

The son of missionaries, Pastor Schroder felt the call to the ministry while
he was studying nursing in North Dakota. In addition to earning his Nursing
degree, he continued with his Biblical studies.

Pastor Schroder and Heidi, whose father also is an AALC pastor, both earned
bachelor's degrees in Nursing from the University of North Dakota in Grand
Forks. In 2001, he earned a Certificate in Biblical Studies at Trinity
Lutheran College in Issaquah, Wash. He earned the Master of Divinity in 2005
from the American Lutheran Theological Seminary in Minneapolis, Minn., a
seminary of The AALC, which was formed 25 years ago from former American
Lutheran Church (ALC) congregations. The AALC and the LCMS share altar and
pulpit fellowship.





HOLSTEIN, Iowa (Wednesday, May 16, 2012) – Faith Lutheran, Holstein’s newest church, reaches another milestone when they welcome their first full-time pastor, Rev. Chris Schroder, next month.

Everyone is invited to worship at Faith with Pastor Schroder on Sunday, June 3, with Sunday School and Adult Bible Study at 9 a.m. and Worship at 10 a.m. An Installation Service will be held later this summer.

Pastor Schroder, his wife, Heidi, and their two children, Noah, 7, and Sara, 6, are moving to Holstein June 1, from Duluth, Minn., where he served as Associate Pastor and director of Youth Ministries at Christ Lutheran Church. The Schroders are originally from North Dakota and have also lived in Issaquah, Wash., and St. Paul, Minn.

"Our family desires to go where we are called,” said Pastor Schroder. “We feel richly blessed that our next move will be to Holstein. We are currently in the process of packing and completing our time in Duluth. Noah and Sara will finish out the school year and then we will be on our way.”

The Faith congregation will assist the Schroders with their move. Members will convoy to Duluth to haul their belongings back to Holstein, while another crew will ready things at their new home and help unload when they arrive.

"As one of the supply pastors who had the privilege of serving at Faith Lutheran over the past few months, I rejoice with the congregation, as they welcome their first full-time pastor and his lovely family,” said Rev. Dr. Duane Lindberg of Waterloo, who is one of the founders of The American Association of Lutheran Churches (AALC). “Pastor Schroder is committed to the total reliability of the Bible in his preaching, teaching, and soul care. He will also be a strong supporter of Faith Lutheran's role in the larger Holstein community."

Pastor Schroder is a strong believer in Biblical preaching and small-group Bible studies. He feels that developing a youth program to equip the future generations with solid teaching of the Word is essential. One of his favorite Bible verses is Romans 10:9-10, which reads, "If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."

Pastor Schroder, the son of missionaries, felt the call to the ministry while he was studying Nursing in North Dakota.

"I was teaching Sunday School at my home church and really enjoyed working with people and teaching from the Bible,” he recalled. After graduation, he continued with his Biblical studies.

Pastor Schroder and Heidi both earned bachelor’s degrees in Nursing from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. In 2001, he earned a Certificate in Biblical Studies at Trinity Lutheran College in Issaquah, Wash. Four years later he earned the Master of Divinity in 2005 from the American Lutheran Theological Seminary in Minneapolis, Minn., a seminary of The AALC, which was formed 25 years ago from former American Lutheran Church (ALC) congregations.

The Schroders are looking forward to their move from Duluth, Minn., a city with 85,000 residents, to Holstein, population 1,400.

"We are excited to be moving to a smaller town where there is a greater sense of community and traditional values. We look forward to settling in and meeting the residents of Holstein and the surrounding communities,” Pastor Schroder said.

“The little things the community of Holstein offers, like our kids being able to ride their bikes to visit friends, a public swimming pool, tennis courts, lush green grass and shorter winters, are some of the things we look forward to the most."

The family enjoys outdoor activities together, including camping, biking, and hiking. They also enjoy being home together playing games or watching a good family movie. 

As a Registered Nurse, Heidi’s most recent experience was in the Emergency Department. She is going to keep her options open, including possibly working on her master's degree or seeking a school nurse position.

"It's exciting to welcome a young, vibrant, faith-filled pastor to serve the newest church in our region,” commented Rev. Roger Twito of Ames, AALC leader of the Greater Heartland Region, which includes Iowa. "As Pastor Schroder preaches the inerrant, infallible Word and as the people of Faith continue to love one another and reach out in Christ's love to the community, I am confident that Faith will continue to grow."Faith Lutheran Church is located on U.S. Hwy 59, at 113 N. Main St., in downtown Holstein. The congregation, which first gathered in September 2010, invites everyone to join them each Sunday for Worship at 10 a.m., with Sunday School and Adult Bible Study at 9 a.m., and fellowship at 9:45 a.m.  For more information, or if you would like a ride to church, please call 317-FAITH-17 or 368-2850, email faith@faithholstein.com, or visit the website at www.faithholstein.com.






** One-Year Anniversary Local Stories **

Sioux City Journal

Holstein church celebrates first year Sunday

HOLSTEIN, Iowa- Faith Lutheran, Holstein's newest church, welcomes everyone to join church members Sunday as they observe their one-year anniversary.

"It's hard to believe that on September 25th we will be marking one year since our first service," said Lois Todd, who serves as Faith Council secretary.

Education for youth and adults starts at 9 a.m. with Sunday School and Bible Study, followed by Worship with Communion at 10 a.m. and a free meal for the public following the service at Faith Lutheran Church, 113 N. Main St.

Holding their first service Sept. 26, 2010, congregants gathered at Lohff Schumann Memorial Community Center for the next seven months.

They purchased the old brick building on the west side of Holstein's Main Street at auction on Jan. 29. Demolition began immediately and the teardown was completed entirely by volunteers. Nearly all of the 3,750-square-foot building was gutted and in March the construction phase began. Countless hours of labor were donated as Faith members worked day and night to transform the old grocery store/bar/restaurant into a place of worship.

The Easter Vigil service on April 23 was the first time Faith members and friends worshipped at their new church home.

This summer, Faith Lutheran dedicated its building and ministry to the service of God at a special afternoon service on June 26. Visiting clergy and worshippers from Holstein and surrounding  In July the congregation held its first Vacation Bible School for children ages pre-school through sixth grade.

Faith holds regular weekly worship on Sundays at 10 a.m., with Sunday School and Adult Bible Study at 9 and fellowship at 9:45 a.m.


Storm Lake Radio

 9/20/11 Faith Lutheran in Holstein celebrating 1st anniversary

Faith Lutheran, Holstein’s newest church, warmly welcomes everyone to join them Sunday, Sept. 25, as they observe their one-year anniversary.

"It’s hard to believe that on September 25th we will be marking one year since our first service," said Lois Todd, who serves as Faith Council secretary. "This time last year we had no idea what the future held, but God knew. We are excited to see what He has in store next and pray that those who are looking for a church home will join us on our journey."

Education for youth and adults starts at 9 a.m. with Sunday School and Bible Study, followed by Worship with Communion at 10 a.m. and a free meal for the public following the service at Faith Lutheran Church, 113 N. Main St.

Holding their first service Sept. 26, 2010, congregants gathered at Lohff Schumann Memorial Community Center for the next seven months.

They purchased the old brick building on the west side of Holstein’s Main Street at auction on Jan. 29. Demolition began immediately and the teardown was completed entirely by volunteers. Nearly all of the 3,750-square foot building was gutted and in March the construction phase began. Countless hours of labor were donated as Faith members worked day and night to transform the old grocery store/bar/restaurant into a place of worship.

The Easter Vigil service on Holy Saturday, April 23, was the first time Faith members and friends worshipped at their new church home, joyfully meeting their goal of holding their first service there by Easter "no matter what!"

This summer, Faith Lutheran dedicated its building and ministry to the service of God at a special afternoon service on June 26. Visiting clergy and worshippers from Holstein and surrounding communities joined the Faith congregation as they dedicated their work to the glory of God and extended their appreciation to all who have helped along the journey leading them to their new church home.

In July the congregation held its first Vacation Bible School for children ages pre-school through 6th grade.  The program included an Adult Bible Study and brought together God's children of all ages fun and inspriration.

The congregation invites everyone in the area to join them each week as they enter the building to worship God and depart to do His work.  Faith holds regular weekly worship on Sundays at 10am, with Sunday School and Adult Bible Study at 9am, and fellowship at 9:45am.  For more information, or if you would like a ride to Worship Service, call 317-FAITH-17, or 712-368-2850, email faith@faithholstein.com or check out the website at www.faithholstein.com.


Pilot Tribune

Holstein's Faith Lutheran Church celebrates first year Sept. 25

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Storm Lake Pilot TribuneFaith Lutheran, Holstein's newest church, warmly welcomes everyone to join them Sunday, Sept. 25, as they observe their one-year anniversary. "It's hard to believe that on September 25th we will be marking one year since our first service," said Lois Todd, who serves as Faith Council secretary. "This time last year we had no idea what the future held, but God knew. We are excited to see what He has in store next and pray that those who are looking for a church home will join us on our journey."

Education for youth and adults starts at 9 a.m. with Sunday School and Bible Study, followed by Worship with Communion at 10 a.m. and a free meal for the public following the service at Faith Lutheran Church, 113 N. Main St., in downtown Holstein.

Holding their first service Sept. 26, 2010, congregants gathered at Lohff Schumann Memorial Community Center for the next seven months.

They purchased the old brick building on the west side of Holstein's Main Street at auction on Jan. 29. Demolition began immediately and the teardown was completed entirely by volunteers. Nearly all of the 3,750-square foot building was gutted and in March the construction phase began. Countless hours of labor were donated as Faith members worked day and night to transform the old grocery store/bar/restaurant into a place of worship.

The Easter Vigil service on Holy Saturday, April 23, was the first time Faith members and friends worshipped at their new church home, joyfully meeting their goal of holding their first service there by Easter "no matter what!"

This summer, Faith Lutheran dedicated its building and ministry to the service of God at a special afternoon service on June 26. Visiting clergy and worshippers from Holstein and surrounding communities joined the Faith congregation as they dedicated their work to the glory of God and extended their appreciation to all who have helped along the journey leading them to their new church home.

In July the congregation held its first Vacation Bible School for children ages pre-school through 6th grade. The program included an Adult Bible Study and brought together God's children of all ages for fun and inspiration.

The congregation invites everyone in the area to join them each week as they enter this building to worship God and depart to do His work. Faith holds regular weekly worship on Sundays at 10 a.m., with Sunday School and Adult Bible Study at 9 a.m., and fellowship at 9:45 a.m. For more information, or if you would like a ride to Worship Service, please call 317-FAITH-17 or 712-368-2850, email faith@faithholstein.com or check out the website at www.faithholstein.com
















Bibles and cuddly lambs were presented to 3-year-olds at Faith Lutheran Church on Saturday, Jan. 9, during worship service at Lohff Schumann Memorial Community Center. The lambs are reminders that Jesus is the good shepherd and we are his sheep. Proverbs 22:6 states: “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” As we remember our Lord’s baptism, so too we remember these youths and their baptisms as they begin their Christian education: Jacob Clausen, Evan Cooper, Tyler Friedrichsen, Lucas Heilman, and April Meyer.



A very special Christmas Eve Candlelight Service was held in the gymnasium at Lohff Schumann Memorial Community Center on Dec. 24. Worshippers of all ages heard and watched the greatest story ever told unfold before us as the Holy Family, Shepherds, Angels, Wisemen and even the Little Drummer Boy gathered in the little town of Bethlemen to proclaim Jesus’ joyful birth. We are grateful for the presence of all who gathered with us on this Holy Night. Special thanks to our worship leaders: Allisa, Brett and Carlie Friedrichsen, Brent, Garrett and Caden Meyer, Alex DeRoos, Mark and Sheryl Leonard, Dan Friedrichsen, Kevin Conover, Laurence and Darlene Clausen, Ron Parker, Bryan and Tracy Terry, Alan and Bridget Friedrichsen, Wayne and Marlys Dose and Pastor Jason Cooper.



















Carolers from Faith Lutheran Church sang Christmas favorites to residents at Char-Mac Assisted Living, Good Samaritan, Pioneer Village and Moring Star Estates on Wed., Dec. 22. A joyous bunch of 30 shared their gift of song with Holstein’s senior citizens throughout town. Our tiniest elves not only delighted listeners with their caroling, but they also handed out Christmas treats to the audience at each stop. We finished the evening at Char-Mac where hot cider, hot chocolate and baked goodies were served and shared with residents.