United in Faith
Celebrates Growth and Transformation
United in Faith is a community of united disciples offering
gifts to the world that can be found no place else. Our journey
as a "new church" began on Chicago's Northwest Side more than
ten years ago when eight struggling congregations - Gladstone
Park, Holy Communion, Medill, Nebo, Our Lord's, Our Savior,
Peace, and St. Andrew's - were transformed with joy into a new
ministry. Eight churches closed their doors, bid their pastors
farewell and sold their buildings to embrace God's calling.
Our community of faith was ceremoniously reborn into a
single new church on Easter Sunday, April 12, 1998 as hundreds
worshipped at Taft High School and expressed their fervent
belief that a consolidated ministry could offer more to God and
the world than its eight small church bodies. United in Faith
became a model for the new church in the new century. Chicago
Metropolitan Synod bishop Ken Olsen said on that Sunday, "I believe this church will become
a leader in urban ministry. The primary mission of this new
church will be serving, rather than being served."
United in Faith has, indeed, risked change and pushed out of
its comfort zone to serve God and others. We have gladly
accepted God's invitation to go and do. We have accomplished
what few faith communities have done. In 2000 we renovated one
half (13,000 square feet) of the former Vail Printing Co.
building, 6525 Irving Park Road, as our modern,
fully-accessible new home. We moved in in November. In 2000 we
also welcomed Pastors Greg and Dawn Moser who have
energetically focused our robust plan for spirit-filled
mission. Our outreach and youth programs flourish, making
expansion into our second building (9,500 square feet more) an
exciting occasion in 2002.
We open our doors to all who seek help from our service and
support ministries. We are partners in mission with St.
Cyprian's Food Pantry, the City of Chicago's Golden Diners
program, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Al-Anon, Survivors of Incest,
and other churches and denominations. We have welcomed more
than 100 new members in our first five years. Our mission field
is our neighborhood and we celebrate the ministries of all
Our plans for the future, in keeping with our mission - To
be God's Hands, Feet and Voice in the World - and our Guiding
Principles - Jesus is Lord and Savior; Reflect God's love; Pray
and listen for God's guidance; Continue to strengthen faith;
Include all in God's work; and Meet people where they are -
include refocusing our efforts to reevaluate out present and to
redefine our future .
United in Faith is a community on the move. There's so much
more to say... but we suggest you stop by sometime and feel the
spirit of our Lord!
History of United in Faith
The merger of eight congregations was unheard of at the time
and was extremely news worthy. The following are a collection
of articles written at the time of the merger.
The following is a brief history of United in Faith's
predecessor congregations and pictures of the church
Eight Predecessor Churches
United in Faith is a relatively young congregation. We have
decided to document our history in five-year increments. The
following four documents detail our history for the past twenty
United in Faith: A Five-Year Journey, 1998
The Journey Continues: Years 6 - 10, 2003 -
2008 - A Living Hope!
The Journey Continues: Years 11 - 15, 2008 -
2013 - Renewal
Journey Continues: Years 16 - 20, 2013 - 2018 -
To celebrate our 20th Anniversary as United in Faith
Lutheran Church, the twenty years of history was combined into
a single document and embelished with pictures of the clergy
that served us:
Anniversary of United in Faith Lutheran Church