What To Expect When You Come

  What To Expect When You Come  
                  


Please join us in worship!  We agree with the church sign that read, “You are neither too good nor too bad to come to church.”  We all need Jesus, and worship is a great way to be in touch with him. 
A few basics will help you as you join us.

  • TIME:  Come about ten minutes early, to allow yourself time to visit the restrooms, pick up a service folder and get situated in the church sanctuary (worship area).  The service usually lasts about an hour.
  • ATTIRE:  We have no dress code as a church, and there is a wide variety of attire among the worshipers.  In keeping with the desire to reflect humble reverence in our worship, we might suggest “business casual” for the first-time guest.
  • CHILDREN:  We enjoy having children in worship, much like children are a part of Thanksgiving dinner at grandma’s house.  Don’t be too concerned that they sometimes get antsy.  We reserve the back rows of church especially for parents with small children.  We have a cry room with a built-in speaker and window for times when small ones get especially loud.  We offer bags with quiet activities for toddlers to enjoy during the service.  We do not offer separate child care; we like for children to be a part of our worship life and realize that sometimes they make noise. 
  • FORMAT:  We print out an order of worship that allows everyone to follow along and take part in readings, prayers, and songs.  That order of worship is called a liturgy, and comes from ancient roots.  We use a variety of liturgies, along with special music at times.
  • OFFERING (or collection of gifts):  We gather an offering in the service as part of our worship of God.  That offering helps us do the work God has in store for our church. But we don’t expect guests to support our ministry.  Feel free to let the offering plate pass you by.  But if you want to take part, your check or cash will be used to help spread the good news of Jesus.
  • COMMUNION:  On the first and third weekends each month, we celebrate Holy Communion or the Lord’s Supper.  Because this sacrament assumes that participants are united in faith and confession, we ask that only confirmed members of our church body, the WELS (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod) or our sister church, the ELS (Evangelical Lutheran Synod) come forward to commune.  Don’t feel awkward about simply sitting and meditating during that part of the service; many do that.