We are God's Loving People
Doing God's Loving Work
Sunday School 9:30 a.m. on Sundays
Worship 10:30 a.m. on Sundays
Our worship is centered on the Word and Sacraments. We worship in a liturgical style modeled after the worship of the early church and her long-standing traditions. This liturgy, defined as "the work of the people," incorporates scripture into the sung and spoken parts, involving both the worshippers and worship leaders in a dialogue with God and each other. The Word of God is preached and the sacrament of Holy Communion is offered at each Sunday morning worship and on some special occasions as well.
At the end of each worship event we are reminded that we are being sent out into the world to share the love of Jesus Christ, and to tell others of the Source of Grace. We use our mission statement to release us into the world to "Love God. Welcome and Serve All People! Grow in Faith!
Everything we do as Christians, both at church and in the world, contributes to the formation of our faith. Paying attention to where God shows up, and also to where we feel the Spirit leading us to do God's work in the world is important in living faithfully. Life-long Christian Education is part of our formation and is highly valued by our congregation. Sunday School from October through June is available for children and adults beginning at 9:30 am each Sunday morning.
Children's Church is offered each Sunday during the readings and sermon of the regular worship service. This is not just play time, but a worship experience that is geared toward preschool through elementary ages. The children return to the service for Holy Communion.
Other discipleship-building activities and groups are offered throughout the year and will be especially emphasized in 2019 as we continue to develop small groups for Christian fellowship and support.
12 NOON Wednesdays for Lunch and Learn! We are currently studying the book of Exodus. Join us!
Youth activities are scheduled throughout the year, and children and youth are welcomed into all aspects of the life of the church, including worship leadership, outreach events, and fellowship opportunities.
Lutherans are known for their love of singing, following in Martin Luther's footsteps. We like music of various genres and from different cultures too. Our hymns and songs are printed in the worship booklet to make it easy to follow for regulars and visitors alike. Some Sundays we expand our usual form and add guitars and ukuleles to the keyboard and play more casual music suited for such instruments. Toe-tapping, hand clapping or moving to the music is just fine with us! We want everyone present to experience joy in worship, and even if you don't sing much, music can bring joy!
Currently our choir meets on Wednesday evenings at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday mornings at 10:10 a.m. We welcome new folks who love to make a joyful noise!
This congregation has a long history of reaching out to the community around us, as we endeavor to be "God's loving people doing God's loving work." We are "small but mighty" and make a deep impact though our social ministry efforts through partnerships with other churches and agencies. These include support for local food pantries, providing pet food and supplies to Meals on Wheels recipients, work crews to help elderly folks in nearby neighborhoods, and "adoption" of a local after-school program. The "Garden City Group" of AA meets in our social hall each week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. We also support Lutheran World Relief by making quilts, and providing health or school kits for families in poor countries overseas.