Faith Lutheran Church, Murphys CA
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Faith Lutheran Church welcomes all who wish to worship God 
and discover God’s love in Christ Jesus. 

We believe… 
    God is gracious and desires a close relationship with all people. 

We know… 
    God showed the greatest love when Jesus died on the cross. 
    In Jesus’ death, resurrection and ascension we are given new life. 
    We are free from destructive behaviors and fear 
    to love, worship and follow Jesus.  

We follow… 
    Jesus’ way of life honoring all and lifting up the oppressed.  

We rely… 
    on the Holy Scripture for our teaching and living. We live by faith 
    in what God has done in Jesus and how the Holy Spirit continues 
    to be present in our lives.  

We celebrate… 
    Holy Communion each Sunday for the resurrected Christ to live in us, 
    giving us strength for the week.  

Please accept our hospitality offered in the name of Jesus.  

Church History

Worshippers started meeting in homes in the mid 1960’s and in 1967 at the IOOF Hall. The congregation was chartered in 1967 and incorporated in 1968.  After struggling with numbers and finances the Faith Lutheran congregation took a leap of faith, borrowed money and bought the Mitchler house and property. They remodeled the house which was then used as the worship center.  

The present sanctuary was built in 1988.  The beautiful stained glass windows were made by Byron Martin.    
The Faith Lutheran Child Care Center was started in the Mitchler house. During the Old Gulch Fire in 1992 the church became an outpost for the community. The 25th anniversary was celebrated and contemporary worship services were started.  

In 2005, Faith began sharing a part time pastor with Mountain Ranch Lutheran Church.  The Fellowship Hall was built and the Murphys Senior Center opened in June of 2009.  The Senior Center Thrift Store was opened in 2013 in the old Mitchler house. Faith Lutheran Church houses the local Food Pantry operated by the Senior Center.  

In 2021, Faith renovated the Mitchler House in partnership with Sierra HOPE for their permanent supportive housing program, providing housing for two clients.

Updated October 2021
The Rev. Karen W. Johnson, Pastor
Rob Westerhoff, Congregation President

Mike White, Facilities Manager