About Us

Our Ministries

God has blessed Abiding Faith with members who dedicate their time and talent to serve our congregation and community with the Word of God.
 
Adult Bible Class
Interactive study on Sunday mornings with Pastor Schleis.
Teen Bible Class
A  study for our teens (ages 14-18) on Sunday morning, led by men and women of Abiding Faith.
Sunday School
Learning and applying the stories of  God's Word for children ages 4-13 on Sunday morning.
Nursery
Staffed Nursery during Bible study and worship on Sunday morning for children ages 0-3.
Choir
Adult and Youth Choir edify our worship service by praising the Lord and giving Him glory.
Instrumentalists
Musicians edify our worship service by praising the Lord and giving Him glory.
Youth Group
Fellowship, faithbuilding, and service projects for our youth (grades 6-12) throughout the year.
Mornings with Mommy
Interactive learning, playtime, storytime, and faithbuilding in a safe and comfortable environment.
Fall Festival
Annual Fall Festival in October with activities for children and families of all ages.
Fellowship
Fellowship gatherings for members and friends of all ages.
Barnabas Ministry
Men and women looking to encourage and  support our members and those in need.
Prayer Chain 5 members who pray for those in need. Please make requests to Betty Evans.
 

Our Beliefs

There are over 70 churches in Smyrna with affiliations like Baptist, Church of Christ, and non-denominational.   There is only one Lutheran church in Smyrna, however. How are we different?

We believe:
 
  • God’s Word is 100% true and without error. All of Scripture is God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16). There are no “major” or “minor” doctrines or “essential” or “non-essential” teachings. All of His Word is truth (John 17:17).
     
  • We are honest and transparent about our condition. We are conceived in sin (Psalm 51:5), unable to save ourselves (Ephesians 2:8-9), and destined for eternal death (Romans 6:23).
     
  • Faith is God’s gift, not man’s action. Faith comes from hearing the message  (Romans 10:17) and the Holy Spirit creates faith in our hearts (2 Thessalonians 2:13,14).
     
  • We do good works out of thanks to God! God creates us to do good works (Ephesians 2:10) and gives us strength (Galatians 2:20) to live lives of humble service to Him.
     
  • As Christians, we still sin and daily need forgiveness. We daily sin (Galatians 5:17) and are not perfect. That’s ok! By the grace of God, we are restored (Titus 2:14) to live a new life in Christ (2 Cor 5:15).
     
  • Because of Christ’s love, we serve our families, our community, and our world.  Titus 3:8 and Galatians 6:10
     
This is only a very brief summary of the Bible’s teachings. An expanded confession of faith is available here.

You can also find more information about our national church body, the WELS, at www.wels.net. You can find more information about our international fellowship, the CELC, at www.celc.info.

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