So you'd like to come check us out but your not sure of a few things. Here are some answers for you.
How long does the service last?
About 1 hour, 15 minutes.
Do I have to dress up?
It usually takes Christmas & Easter to get some members into suits or dressy clothes, most wear casual outfits and some wear jeans. We don't judge; we just want you to come.
Where will I sit?
Wherever you'd like. There is no assigned seating, but if you would like, one of our greeters or ushers at the door can help find a seat.
Do I have to make a donation?
We do pass a plate around about mid-service if you'd like to donate, but we don't require that you make a donation.
I've never been to a Lutheran service. How will I know what to do?
As you enter the church, an usher will give you a "bulletin". It will tell you step by step what is happening in the service. Pastor generally indicates when we should sit or stand.
What if I don't know the songs?
The bulletin will tell you where to find the song in our hymnal, Evangelical Lutheran Worship or ELW (the red hymnal, labeled "Worship" on the spine). Feel free to just listen if you like. Our choir is wonderful and their voices fill the room.
Can my kids attend the service?
Yes! Everyone is welcome to attend! We love to have children at the service. There is a self-service nursery with toys for toddlers & a kid-sized bathroom.
What about Communion?
Everyone is welcome to Holy Communion. The bread is received in your open hand, and the wine (or grape juice) from a glass. You may receive the whole Christ in the bread alone. The clear glasses in the center of each tray are grape juice. Gluten-free wafers are also available.
What else can I expect?
A friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Refreshments after the service and a chance to meet the Pastor and our members.