Hello Faith Lutheran Church!!!
Grace and peace to you!
I am so happy to say that, by the grace of God and plenty of hard work, our searches are at an end; and we have been brought together for new beginnings. I look forward to beginning my first call by getting to know all of you and starting new relationships in faith, at Faith.
To start the introductions, I was born and raised in Tempe, AZ and went to undergrad at Arizona State University where I met my wife, Sarah, at the Lutheran Campus Ministry. I am also an alumnus of Lutheran Retreat, Camps, and Conferences here in Southern California where I was a camper and staff member for a combined 9 years. I look forward to reconnecting with LRCC and strengthening the ties that already exist between LRCC and Faith Lutheran. I went on to attend seminary at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, finishing my degree with an internship at First Lutheran Church in Waltham, MA. Sarah and I were married last year in Sedona, AZ, are expecting our first child (a baby girl!!!) this fall, and recently moved to Menifee, so let us know your favorite spots in the area or in Southern California.
A little about my interests and background, for undergrad at ASU, I received a Religious Studies major and a History minor. Because of this, I greatly enjoy discussions and activities about interfaith and ecumenical topics, their histories, and how they relate to our own lives and faith journeys today. I also enjoy studying Reformation-era and wartime histories (the World Wars, Civil War, etc.). My other interests and hobbies include creating art, reading (especially Star Wars and other sci-fi/ fantasy), playing card and board games, watching movies, as well as playing volleyball and other sports. Fair warning- you can anticipate some of these interests entering into sermons, bible studies, and other conversations in the ministry!
Finally, as we come together to start a new chapter in Faith Lutheran’s story of faith, I so look forward to getting to know all of you, my sisters and brothers in Christ, and all of your interests and passions. Let’s talk after church, at bible studies, and look for other ways to better acquaint ourselves.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor John Barton
We gather for worship each Sunday morning at 9:30 am for a traditional service of worship, that includes a Liturgy of Praise, Hymns, Choir and the sharing of the Sacrament of Holy Communion. From September to May we have Sunday School available for all children ages 3-11. (5th Grade)
Following worship, we gather for a time of Fellowship, coffee and light breakfast foods.
Come and join in the Fellowship!
As always, please invite your neighbors, family members, and friends to join us. All are welcome!
Upcoming Events for May:
May 12th – 4th Sunday of Easter and Mother's Day
May 13th – 9-12:00 pm Health Fair, absolutely free and open to the public. It will be held at Kay Cencieros Center here in Menifee.
May 19th - 5th Sunday of Easter
May 26th - 6th Sunday of Easter and immediately following Worship Service, will be our farewell luncheon for Pastor Bunge in the Fellowship Hall.
May 27th - Memorial Day office will be closed.
We love all of God's people, so feel free to visit during our open hours.
Come and Worship on
Sunday mornings at 9:30am.
Our Fellowship time follows at 10:30am
Pastor John Barton
28200 Portsmouth Dr, Menifee, CA 92586, US