Our Statement of Faith
We Believe There Is Only One True God, who exists as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. All men are sinners, and because of sin we are separated from God. We believe Jesus is God’s answer to our sin. Jesus came to Earth as a man to pay the penalty for our sin by death on the cross, and on the third day He rose again. We believe salvation is a free gift from God for all who receive it through faith and trust in Jesus Christ. By trusting in Christ, we are called to acknowledge Him as Lord and Savior and proclaim the Gospel to our community and the world.
We Stand On the Word Of God. John 1:1, 1:14, II Timothy 3:16-17, Romans 15:4, Psalm 1. We believe the Bible is our authority and sole guide for life and faith, worthy of our study and application. We accept on faith that all of the Scripture is God’s inspired Word and is without error; however not all interpretation is without error. Therefore we encourage the study of the original manuscripts, recognizing the original audiences and purposes of a text, and allowing the Bible to interpret itself, for the Scripture is a living Word that is always relevant and revealing of God’s purpose for all creation.
We Believe Jesus Is Lord. Matthew 22:34-40, John 14:6, Philippians 2:9-11. Jesus is the head of the church. Unity among the various expressions of the body of Christ is best achieved through focusing on Jesus, who alone is able to draw all people to Him. Jesus is the complete and ultimate expression of God and is part of the Trinity: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Jesus, as the Son of God, is the foundation upon which all we teach finds authority and meaning.
We Accept the Apostle’s, Nicene and Athanasian Creeds as true declarations of the faith of the congregation. We accept the Unaltered Augsburg Confession, the Book of Concord and its confessional writings, namely, the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, the Smalcald Articles and the Treatise, the Small Catechism, the Large Catechism, and the Formula of Concord (documents of the Reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century) as further valid interpretations of the faith of the Church. We confess the Gospel, recorded in the Holy Scripture and confessed in the ecumenical creeds and Lutheran confessional writings, as the power of God to create and sustain the Church for God’s mission in the world.
We Desire Genuine Worship. I Peter 2:9, John 4:23-24, Psalm 98:4-9, Psalm 105:1-4. Worship establishes and encourages a right relationship between God and His people: God is the audience. Worship is essential for the believer and central to the life of the church. In it we cast our eyes to the cross, we come under the instruction of God’s Word, and we are strengthened by the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, bound together as Christ’s body. Worship involves the whole person: body, mind, heart and spirit.
We Are Called By God. Matthew 4:19, I Corinthians 12:12 & 27, Ephesians 4:11-16. I Peter 2:4-10. We believe in “the priesthood of all believers.” All of God’s people are called to ministry and the body of Christ must recognize and affirm that call. God has gifted every believer through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to serve the cause of Christ Jesus in the world.
We Are Joyfully Free In Christ. Romans 8:1-2, Galatians 5:1, John 8: 31-36. Because of what Jesus has done for us, we are free. In this congregation we are free to have fun; we are free to make mistakes; we are free to say no. We are free to serve God as the Lord leads us – not out of guilt, obligation or duty. We serve God in response to what the Lord has already done for us. We serve Him joyfully.
We Will “Go and Make Disciples.” Matthew 28:18-20, Matthew 4: 18-20, Luke 19:10, Acts 1:8. Jesus gave His disciples this command: “Go and make disciples of all nations.” Therefore, the church exists primarily for the sake of those who don’t yet belong. We will seek to warmly welcome and openly invite every person to consider a living and personal relationship with Jesus Christ, for He is the only way to salvation and eternal life.
We Celebrate That God Is Changing Lives. John 8:1-11, II Corinthians 5:17, Colossians 3:15. We believe that God alone has the transforming power of the Holy Spirit to create faith and help us live lives that are pleasing to Him. We accept there is nothing in this world that ever stays the same except the solid rock of our salvation. We can, therefore, learn to adjust and adapt to our changing surroundings. We worship Jesus our Lord, not our tradition, not our history, and not ourselves.
A group with a unifying desire to worship and study Scripture together, gathered in a rented room at Lohff Schumann Memorial Community Center in Holstein, Iowa, on Sept. 26, 2010. That body, inspired by the Holy Spirit, bound together in Christ, and rooted in God’s Word, has met every week since. We will continue to worship at the Community Center until Easter, when we move into our own church home at 113 N. Main Street in Holstein.
Since our first gathering, we have held Worship Service as well as Christian education classes for all ages. The Bible Study for adults and Sunday School for children are so enjoyed by participants and we encourage you to join in on the interaction and the inspiration. The Sunday School is so wildly interactive the kids can’t wait to come back! The Adult Bible Study is so wonderfully inspirational it’s a challenge each and every week to wrap it up in time for Worship to start!
Four teams guide the mission and ministry of Faith: Congregation Council, Education Team, Mission Team and Worship Team. Together with Pastor Chris Schroder, all members and friends, these teams work diligently to enhance life at Faith.
We held our first annual meeting in January 2011, and even though we’d only been meeting for about three months, we had so much to decide and to celebrate. At this meeting we voted that a building should be purchased in Holstein so that we could offer worship and programs without the scheduling conflicts of renting community space. An old restaurant known as the Cro’s Nest on U.S. Highway 59, which serves at Holstein’s Main Street, was purchased at auction. Remodeling began immediately with plans for the first worship service to be held on Easter 2011. We are sticking by that goal “no matter what!” and will hold our Easter Sunday service in our new church home, even if we don’t have it completely finished. As excited as we are about realizing that goal, more importantly we know that we can celebrate every day with Him, no matter where, no matter what!
Starting a new congregation has enlivened the faith of all who worship God and study His Word here at Faith Holstein. We fervently pray that others will join us and we will together seek the will of God and do what Christ has bid us:
“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matt 28:19-20
Rev. Chris Schroder was installed as pastor of Faith Lutheran Church of Holstein 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, and Sarah, moved to Holstein 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 Sara 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