What to expect

 

Worshiping with us for the first time?
Visiting an unfamiliar church can be daunting. Here’s what you can expect:

Dress:  People dress in a variety of ways – from jeans to casual dress to suit and tie. Most people wear what would be considered casual or dressy casual clothing.

Friendly but not pushy:  We’ve frequently been told by visitors that we’re friendly. People may try to help you if you look lost, but folks aren’t intrusive, and we will not ask you to stand up and introduce yourself. 

Our worship is liturgical. This means that if you’ve been to a Roman Catholic or Episcopal Mass and felt comfortable there, you will here, too. People new to liturgical worship either love or hate it! It usually takes awhile to feel comfortable. The word “liturgy” means “work of the people,” that is, people’s participation is important.  We celebrate Communion at every worship service.

How to know what to do in worship:  The service is fully printed in what we call a “bulletin” that includes instructions to help people learn the liturgy.

Length:  The 8AM worship service is about 45 minutes and the 10:30AM runs a little less than an hour. Rarely will worship run longer, except in the case of Baptisms or special rites (e.g., Confirmation, installation of a Council, Reception of new members).

Special needs: There are marked, “handicapped” parking spaces near the new building, ramps and accessible bathrooms inside. The door threshold to the sanctuary is minimal, we offer large-print bulletins and have hearing amplification devices available.

This is Christ’s church.
There is a place for you here.
“We are a church that shares a living, daring confidence in God’s grace. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person — questions, complexities and all.  Join us as we do God’s work in Christ’s name for the life of the world”  (ELCA quote)