Introducing Our New Pastor
On Sunday, September 7, 2014, Faith Lutheran Church of Sonoma Valley installed William “Bill” Northend as its new pastor. Faith Lutheran Church is a congregation of caring Christians sharing God’s love with each other and the people of the community.
Pastor Northend’s installation follows the retirement of Pastor Thomas Windsor in January and the service of Interim Pastor Ted Zimmerman since then. “I feel so blessed and honored to become pastor of such a friendly and active congregation,” says Pastor Northend. “The members here ‘get’ the gospel and get its joy. They get that people and relationships are important, and they want to share that.”
Officiating the service and representing the California-Nevada-Hawaii (CNH) district of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), were its President, Rev. Dr. Robert Newton, Executive Director of Missions Rev. Michael Lange, Rev. Ted Zimmerman, and other clergy members from the CNH North Bay Circuit. Also participating in the service were church elders and lay leaders, including: Harry Akre, Paul Chapman, Nancy Davies, Ross and Lisa Dencklau, James Griewe, Tim Hingtgen, Ty Krauss, Ann Marozik, Herb Meneken, Janice Meneken, Lucy Musick, Janice Paine, and Don Russell. Presenting musical offerings were organist and special choir director Mark Rasmussen, the Choir of Faith, and Kathy Ah San, special choir accompanist.
Pastor Northend returns to his native California from Clarkston, MI, where he most recently served as full-time Mission Pastor for The Gathering Place, a missionary church under the auspices of Faith Lutheran Church of Grand Blanc, MI.
Northend’s wife Mary, a preschool teacher and director, has a heart for the struggles facing families with young children, and wants to offer them a compassionate place with resources for them to connect, share, and thrive.
Faith Lutheran Church
of Sonoma Valley
Greetings! Welcome to the website of Faith Lutheran Church of Sonoma Valley California, where Jesus Christ is Lord and we are His people of faith.
Our charming facilities are located right in the midst of the famous author Jack London's "Valley of the Moon." Sonoma Valley is one of the most beautiful regions in Northern California with rolling hills frequently adorned with chartreuse and gold. Vineyards are present everywhere! They stand in silent reminder of our Lord Jesus telling us "I am the vine, you are the branches." (John 15:1) We are invited to "taste and see that the Lord is good!" (Psalm 34:8)
The earliest Christians prayed the following prayer, so appropriate for all of us who live in wine country. "As this wine was once many grapes, and as this bread was once scattered in the fields and as both are here gathered into one, so gather your church from every city and suburb, village and house, and make of us one living, Holy church to serve You and carry out Your will."
As you travel this website, you will see a congregation in love with God and in love with His people everywhere. We at Faith are continually growing in our love of worship, our commitment to the study and understanding of the Scriptures, to the witness of God's love for everyone, to the service of all people in need, to the fellowship of the saints and to the stewardship of God's gifts.
If you are new to our area and are looking for a warm Christian welcome with life-giving worship and service, we invite you to join us on Sundays for:
- Adult Bible class at 8:30AM in Goehring Hall
- Our Sunday celebration of Word and Sacrament, with children's Sunday school, at 10:00AM
- A Faith family fellowship time for members, guests, and friends occurs in Goehring Hall immediately after the Sunday Morning Celebration of Worship
- Faith's Youth Fellowship meets in the Youth Facility at 10:40-11:30 AM
Let the vineyards be fruitful, Lord, and fill to the brim our cup of blessing. Gather a harvest from the seeds that were sown, that we may be fed with the bread of life. Gather the hopes and dreams of all; unite them with the prayers we offer. Grace our table with Your presence, and give us a foretaste of the feast to come. Amen!