Mid-week Bible Study Class

Each week on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. we hold a special adult Bible study class. We cover a variety of subjects. Recently, we have studied the book of Job, James, John, and Romans. We have also had a class on prayer and the Lord’s Prayer. You can count on the fact that all the classes will be interesting and informative. All are welcome.
Questions? Email Pastor Barbara Foltin

Sarah Circle

Sarah Circle is a women’s Bible Study group. We meet monthly to study Bible lessons and discuss how these lessons relate to our daily lives. After the lesson, dessert and fellowship are enjoyed by all. Meetings are held on the second Monday of the month, September through June, at 7:30 p.m. Bible study lessons are from 
Gather magazine. Members of the group rotate the responsibilities of hosting the meeting and leading the study.


  • September Potluck: At the first meeting of the year, we combine an appetizer potluck with the Bible study.
  • Annual Weekend Retreat: A weekend retreat is planned during the year. This event is a Friday evening through Sunday morning “get away”. During the weekend, Bible lessons are presented by members of the group and activities are planned to reinforce the lessons and the impact on our daily lives. The weekend culminates with an intimate worship service on Sunday morning.

Questions? Email Jan Hamilton

Lydia Circle

Lydia Circle is and open Bible Study that meets 8 times a year.

The third Tuesday of the month (Sept – May) – Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Place: FLC Graydon Room, with access to the kitchen


From the mid 1960s to the present day, this Christ based/sisterhood/Bible study began as an evening group for career women: meeting monthly in ladies homes.  As more members retired, the meetings were moved to daytime.

The member ages range from women in their 50’s to their 90’s.  It is a wonderful way to form enduring friendships. Our current attendance ranges from 4 – 10 people.  Our membership is about 10.

Study includes lessons from GATHER magazine (a Women of the ELCA publication). Members subscribe to the publication (currently $19.95 for an annual subscription of ten issues).

Format for Lydia Circle:

  • Bring your own lunch – (a yogurt, sandwich, salad-whatever you like). A volunteer hostess provides dessert and beverages (cake, pie, coffee, etc.). Hostess and helpers set two tables together often decorated with seasonal themed centerpiece and paper plates.
  • Bring the Gather magazine and a Bible (or use a Bible in the library). An offering, songs and prayers are also a part of the program.

The modest offerings are used for: FESCO, FLC Food Pantry, Pastor Xmas gift, etc. A nominated volunteer is the treasurer. Lydia Circle is open to all female members of Faith Lutheran Church Castro Valley.


The Kruisers are a fun and interesting group. The group was started many years ago when we were in our 30s and 40s. Many of us are now Senior Citizens. It has been a nice way for Faith friends to gather and enjoy the many fun things to do in the Bay Area. It is also a way for us to get to know each other and share ideas by taking turns planning these events. We have activities about every other month except for a break in July and August. We also gather in December to visit our church friends who are shut-ins and unable to attend church any longer. Our group always welcomes new members to join with us to share the fun and fellowship.
Questions? Email Tom & Mary Williams

The Inquiry Class

The inquiry class meets approximately three times a year for those considering membership at Faith. It is a short class meeting two times on Sunday mornings from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., right after fellowship time. We cover Lutheran Doctrine, and the structure and ministry of Faith Lutheran Church.
Questions? Email Pastor Barbara Foltin