Our History

Our History

1958 - 1959

The first worship service of the newly formed Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, led by Rev. Martin Foutz, Sr., a missionary Pastor, was held on March 9, 1958. Pastor Foutz was officially called on November 16, 1958 and became the official pastor on January 1, 1959.

It was attended by 145 founding members of the United Lutheran Church in America (ULCA) Mission church in North Hills Elementary school cafeteria.

The new church was officially recognized by the ULCA Synod and the State of Michigan on October 26, 1958 with 242 baptized members. Wasting no time, the first building fund drive was quickly organized and raised enough money to buy property and build a church and acquire a parsonage at 191 West Tienken Road. The current property which was just outside of the small town of Rochester was purchased in May of 1959.

1960 - 1982

We broke ground in March of 1962 for construction of a small Church building for the fledgling congregation.

At this time, we merged into the newly formed Lutheran Church in America (LCA). In the early 70’s it became evident that the small building was unable to serve the diverse needs of the growing church and after a look at options available, a new Sanctuary was added onto the original building, The first service in the new Sanctuary was held on Christmas Eve in 1979. We acquired a Skinner Pipe organ in 1982 and spent the next several years installing it in the sanctuary.

1998 - 2006

The 1998 addition to the church coincided with a merger into the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The aging and finicky Skinner pipe organ was replaced with a state-of-the-art Rogers digital organ.

In 2006 we undertook a major renovation of the entire building, which included a dedicated music center for the choir. At this time we built several classrooms and support areas specifically designed for the Abiding Presence Preschool . A beautiful stained glass cross became the focal point of the sanctuary, and the Rogers Pipe organ was re-installed.

Our Pastors

Rev. Martin F. Foutz, Sr. (1958 - 1959)

The Rev. Martin F. Foutz, Sr. served as a missionary pastor for almost 2 years until a young permanent pastor was called.

October 26, 1958. From Left to Right, Reverend M. Fredrick Foutz, Jr, Pastor at Shepherd of the Lakes, Walled Lake / Pastor & Mission Developer Reverend Martin F. Foutz, Sr, Abiding Presence Lutheran in Rochester Hills / Dr. Frank P. Madsen, Pastor of the Michigan Synod.

Rev. Lloyd Buss (1960 - 1997)

The young Rev. Lloyd Buss, accepted the position in September of 1960. Pastor Buss and his wife Betty Jo (who became the music director) started building the congregation. They helped develop the caring, compassionate and involved organization that is Abiding Presence today. This task of caring for Abiding Presence continued for 37 years with their retirement in 1997, The Buss’s still reside in Rochester Hills today.

Rev. Dr. Scott McKinney (1997 - 2004)

Rev. Dr. Scott McKinney served the congregation from 1997 until 2004.

Pastor Jim Dugan (2004 - 2008)

Pastor Jim Dugan guided us through major renovations of the church and helped with the selection of a new Pastor.

Pastor Dick Schroeder (2008 - 2011)

Pastor Dick Schroeder joined the congregation in 2008 and led us until 2011.

Pastor Rev. Sharon Janot (2012 - Present)

Pastor Rev. Sharon Janot joined us in 2012 and is the current pastor at Abiding Presence.

This Week's Events...

October 20, 2019
  • Worship

    October 20, 2019  9:30 am - 10:30 am
    1550 Walton Blvd, Rochester Hills, MI 48309, USA

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  • Faith Formation

    October 20, 2019  10:50 am - 12:00 pm

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October 21, 2019
October 22, 2019
  • Listen, God is Calling

    October 22, 2019  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, 1550 Walton Blvd, Rochester Hills, MI 48309, USA

    As a part of our congregational discernment this Fall, an eight week small group is being offered to help us focus on listening to God’s call for Abiding Presence. Our time together will focus on 4 sessions of guided discussion and 4 sessions of experiences in prayer. This group experience will run on Tuesday evenings from October 1st – November 19th from 7 – 8:30 pm.

    Our first session will take place on Tuesday, October 1st, and will focus on the Accompaniment model of ministry used by the ELCA in overseas mission work, and increasingly in domestic mission. This way of being in partnership with community groups emphasizes that we as church don’t have ‘the answer’ but that we discover methods and actions together with our partner organization. Accompaniment acknowledges that ministry partners learn from each other and work together to make an action plan. It is more than taking on a new church project.

    Wine and snacks will be served, and our session will end promptly at 8:30 pm. Come to learn and explore a new and viable model for congregational ministry in the community where we live.

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October 24, 2019
  • Thursday Morning Book Study

    October 24, 2019  10:00 am - 11:30 am
    Barnes & Noble, Village of, 200 N Adams Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48309, USA

    This study group that meets on Thursday mornings at 10 am in the Conference Room.

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  • Adult Choir Rehearsal

    October 24, 2019  7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    alternate day rehearsal / this week only

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October 25, 2019
  • Oktoberfest

    October 25, 2019  6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, 1550 Walton Blvd, Rochester Hills, MI 48309, USA

    Oktoberfest Dinner and Silent Auction Friday October 25th 6:30pm

    Please join us for this exciting adult fellowship and fundraiser for our church. We will start the evening with previewing silent auction items and enjoying a taste of german beer, followed by a delicious German Buffet catered by Rivercrest. After dessert and coffee (did someone say apple strudel?) we will close out the auction and announce the winners.

    To make this a great event WE NEED YOU! First, please think of what you can contribute to the silent auction such as vacation home stays, homemade items, making a dinner for 4 or 6 people, providing a service....let you imagination go wild. Please sign up what you can provide on the bulletin as well as signing up for the dinner. Our goal is to raise much needed money for our budget deficit.

    Tickets are just $25 per person with an RSVP soft deadline of Sunday October 20. You can pay at the door.

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