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Welcome to Divinity Lutheran Church

A People and Place of Hope, Healing and Welcome

Divinity Lutheran in Parma Heights, Ohio is a place where you can nurture your relationship with God and his people. Established in 1948 with 73 parishioners, we’ve grown into a faith community of over 1,300 people of all ages, engaged in a wide spectrum of community service, fellowship and ministry.

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Worship Services

Saturday 5:30pm
Saturday 5:30pm

This service is traditional with liturgy used from Evangelical Book of Worship (ELW). While it follows the same order as Sunday morning, it is laid-back and casual, and is usually held in our chapel.

Sunday 9am
Sunday 9am

This service is a traditional service with liturgy used from Evangelical Book of Worship (ELW).

Sunday 11am
Sunday 11am

This is a liturgical contemporary service that is led by our praise band, Chosen, which includes vocals, keyboard, guitars and drums.

Latest Sermon

The Flame of God's Everlasting Joy

The Flame of God's Everlasting Joy

Part of my seminary experience was spending a summer with high school youth. The idea was that we supposedly mature graduate-level students would be able to help guide them through the pivotal part of their teenage journey as they tried to figure out what the heck they wanted to do with their life. We would try to show them all the different ways they could serve in the world, even if it meant that they wouldn’t necessarily go on to pastor-training school and work in the church realm. We would take them to the Ronald McDonald House and Habitat for Humanity or job-shadowings in the hospital or help lead a vacation Bible school in an inner-city church. Now, some of the younger people took full advantage of the opportunity and ended up taking a path in their early adult life based on their experience on our campus. Others just wanted to get away from home for a few weeks. Others just wanted to experience a world beyond the small speck of America where they grew up....
Sun, Apr 14, 2024

Wednesday Wanderings

Read the latest from Pastor Brad's blog, Wednesday Wanderings.
A little journey through this topsy-turvy journey of joys and sorrows and hopes and dreams with plenty of grace from God along the way.

April 10, 2024

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Evidently, it was on April 10, 1872, when Arbor Day was first celebrated in Nebraska of all places. From the Arbor Day Foundation: As pioneers began moving into the Nebraska Territory, the lack of trees was felt deeply. Not only did the new residents miss the trees they left behind, they were also left without the trees they needed as windbreaks to keep soil in place, for fuel and building materials, and for shade from the hot sun. Nebraska newspaper editor — and resident of Nebraska City, NE — J. Sterling Morton had an enthusiasm for trees and advocated strongly for individuals and civic groups to plant them. Once he became secretary of the Nebraska Territory, he further spread his message of the value of trees. And on January 4, 1872, Morton first proposed a tree planting holiday to be called “Arbor Day” at a meeting of the State Board of Agriculture.
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Our Ministries

Youth Ministry

We have an active and vibrant youth group here at Divinity Lutheran Church. Students who are in grades 9-12 are welcome to join our group.

Music Ministry

Divinity's music ministry features vocal and instrumental groups for all ages, and a variety of musical styles. Come and use your talents to lift beautiful praises to God!

Outreach Ministries

Divinity Lutheran Church provides support to the community in the way of community meals, donations, and volunteering at other social service and faith-based organizations.

Handmade Ministries

Some members of Divinity Lutheran use their time and talents to create handmade items such as prayer shawls, clothing and wooden baptismal boxes.

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministers are lay caregivers who provide one-to-one Christian care to hurting people. It's not a ministry to be taken lightly, but is deeply rewarding and fills a critical need for additional ministers.

Parish Health Ministry

The mission of the Parish Health Ministry is to positively impact the lives of individuals in our congregation by supporting activities that promote the health of body, mind, and spirit.

Divinity Warmline

The Warmline is a recorded daily message to help us cope with life. We don’t always need a “hotline” geared for crisis and traumatic moments. But we all need a "warmline” somewhere to help us get in touch with ourselves, the church, and God. Goethe said, “One should, each day, try to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it is possible, speak a few reasonable words.” The Warmline helps us do just that! Each day’s offering includes an opening greeting, a devotional, poem, or scripture reading, Divinity prayer concerns, Divinity birthdays and anniversaries, and a closing prayer.

Warmline

I turn 60 on March 1, which means my mom turns 80 on April 11. Yesterday, February 4, I retrieved my mom from the Southwest emergency room after she had fallen on her front steps while bringing in the morning Gazette. Her head was scraped, no cuts, no broken bones, but lots of blood due to her blood thinner pill – one of many pills. It was the fourth time I’ve taken her home from Southwest Hospital in the past two months. An ongoing UTI caused the first three visits.

When I dropped her off at 11:30 a.m., I had her take her morning pills. When Danette and Micah checked on her later in the afternoon, they discovered she had taken her morning pills for the next day as well. They brought her to our house to stay.

 My mom has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. She can no longer figure out how to operate the microwave, the T.V. controls, or her car which I sold last week. We are in the midst of applying for Medicaid which she easily qualifies for. Sooner or later my mom will be in an Alzheimer’s unit in a nursing home.

Over the past 34 years I’ve visited with many parishioners in Alzheimer’s units. They’re locked down. You have to get a code at the front desk to get in and out. It’s not something I look forward to.

I know we will lose the war my mom and our family are waging against an opponent who always wins. We have no chance against the damage inflicted by enemy fire.

For years my mom has picked up elderly women who no longer drive to get them to church, doctor’s appointments, and to go out to eat. In her mind, I took the car away. As the enemy attacks her, he also attacks her family. I know all of this in my head but it doesn’t make it any easier.

We don’t know how her disease will progress. We do know the day will come when she will no longer recognize any of us. We will do everything we can to protect her for as long as we can.

Our Lenten journey will be especially dark for me this year. I believe that at the end of this journey is the resurrection to eternal life. As my mom enters into the darkness of Alzheimer’s disease, I pray that the light of Jesus Christ brighten her darkness as quickly as possible. God knows I’m not a patient man.

In Christ – Pastor Doug