Welcome

I've Attended, Now What?

We encourage newcomers to introduce themselves to our pastor - just a quick hello at the end of worship. We ask that you consider signing our guest book by the main entrance. If this is your first time to our church we'll mail you a single letter containing a thank you for your visit and additional information about our church that we think you might find helpful.

After, we hope you stick around after Sunday worship for some light refreshments and a chance to meet and talk with others. Did we mention coffee?

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What's It Mean to be Lutheran?

We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God’s grace. For us as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, this faith comes through the good news of Jesus Christ and gives us the freedom and the courage to wonder, discover and boldly participate in what God is up to in the world. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person — questions, complexities and all.
 
As members of the ELCA, we believe that we are freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. With our hands, we do God’s work of restoring and reconciling communities in  Jesus Christ’s name throughout the world.

We are a church that belongs to Christ. There is a place for you here.

We believe God calls each of us by name. Christ’s church is not ours to control, nor is it our job to sort, divide, categorize or exclude. Whenever we feel compelled to “draw the line” in our lives, we must acknowledge as Lutherans that Jesus always stands on both sides of that line.

We are a church whose unity is in Jesus Christ, who gathers us around word and water, wine and bread.

Because we are grounded in God’s love and forgiveness, we are equipped to live and serve here and now, in the world, with all its complexities, tensions and ambiguities. We have the courage to explore the world as saints and sinners, knowing we will never take God somewhere God has not already been.

We are a church that believes Jesus is God’s “Yes” to us. Our lives can be a “Yes” to others.

The “Yes” of Jesus Christ compels and empowers us to be open and accessible within any community, within any context.

We are a church that believes God is calling us into the world — together.

We don’t have to do it alone, and we don’t have to do everything. Each of us has a unique story, and we are part of a larger story that makes up the ELCA. We work through our congregations, synods and partners, and the churchwide organization. Together, we achieve things on a scale and scope that we could never do otherwise

We are a church that rolls up our sleeves and gets to work.

We do God’s work in the world — restoring and reconciling communities. We pursue justice and seek peace no matter how long the journey or wide the chasm.

We are a church that is a catalyst, convener and bridge builder.

Our faith calls us to see the world as interdependent. The ELCA has become a force for connection, working across denominations, faiths, organizations and sectors, locally and globally. We’re a welcome partner because we respect the perspectives and srengths of others and share a common vision to uphold human dignity.

We are a church that is energized by lively engagement in our faith and life.

“Our faith is a living, busy, active, mighty thing,” said Martin Luther. We continually strive for a deeper understanding of what the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ means for the world. Doing so puts us right where God wants us to be: in the thick of life.

We are a church that is deeply rooted — and always being made new.

Our roots are in Scripture, tradition and the Lutheran Confessions, as well as in the vibrant communities and rich histories of our congregations. These roots are an ongoing source of nourishment; they enable us to be a church, guided by the Holy Spirit, that is both resilient and always being reformed.

New To God?

A basic overview of our church’s foundations

To define it simply, Christianity is one of the world’s major monotheistic religions. Christians believe in Jesus Christ and follow his teachings. We believe Jesus is God’s own son, sent by God to become human. As the son of God, Jesus is divine, but he was also a human being who lived among us on earth, over 2,000 years ago. Followers of Jesus are part of God’s people, whose heritage includes the Jewish people and the Christian Church throughout the world today.

Who was Jesus?


As a person, Jesus of Nazareth was a Jew who lived and died in biblical Israel under Roman rule in a province the Romans called Palestine. He spent his adult life in ministry with his disciples, traveling around the region, teaching about God and spreading a message of God’s love, peace, hope and forgiveness. He healed the sick and fed the hungry. He gathered many followers who were passionate about his teachings. As his following grew, some of the religious leaders became more and more distrustful and angry with him, until he was eventually turned over to the Roman government by Judas, one of his own disciples. The Roman governor Pontius Pilate then sentenced him to execution. He died by being nailed to a cross in the outskirts of the city of Jerusalem.

But death did not contain him. On the third day after his crucifixion, the day Christians call Easter, Jesus appeared among his followers as the risen, living Lord. He continued to teach, spreading the Good News, sharing the story of his life and resurrection to people here on earth for forty days before returning to heaven. His story and teachings are depicted in the New Testament of the Bible.

As Christians, we believe that Christ lives among us today by the power of God’s Spirit, present when the Good News is preached and the sacraments are administered.

Living a Christian life


Because of Jesus Christ, we believe that Christians are called and empowered by the Holy Spirit to live our lives in service to the world. Through acts of love and justice, worship and witness, we share God’s boundless love with the world.

As members of the ELCA, we share with all Christians a worldwide community of faith. Through Christ, we are united with other Christians and we recognize a wide fellowship of churches. We work alongside them in ecumenical ministry and service, both in the United States and across the globe.

What We Believe

Lutherans believe in the Triune God. God created and loves all of creation -- the earth and the seas and all of the world’s inhabitants. We believe that God's Son, Jesus Christ, transforms lives through his death on the cross and his new life, and we trust that God's Spirit is active in the world.

We are part of God’s unfolding plan. When we gather for worship, we connect with believers everywhere. When we study the Bible or hear God’s word in worship, we are drawn more deeply into God’s own saving story.

The convictions shared by Christians from many different traditions are expressed in statements of belief called creeds.

These ecumenical creeds that Lutherans affirm and use in worship confess the faith of the church through the ages and around the world.

We accept the Apostle's Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasthian Creed as true declarations of our church.

What to Expect

If this is your first time attending any church, first time attending a Lutheran service, or you're just visiting our congregation, we'd like to say, welcome! We offer a casual, family atmosphere and encourage parents to bring their children to Sunday worship.

Parking

We have a single large parking lot adjacent to our building. Handicap parking spots are available near the front and rear entrances of our building.

Entrance

You can enter the building through the front entrance, which is the first set of wooden double doors you pass as you enter the parking lot. This entrance will place you in the narthex (lobby) closest to the sanctuary. You can also enter via the rear entrance. From the narthex, a handicap accessible bathroom, which is also equipped with a infant diaper changing station, is located down, on the right. Additional bathrooms are located around the corner.

As a Newcomer to Redeemer

As a newcomer to Redeemer, you won't be singled out in anyway.

  • You won't be asked to wear a name tag
  • You won't be expected to sing, unless you want to.
  • You aren't expected to give when we receive the offering, unless you want to.

We offer a liturgical service based upon the Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW) book, and, though our service may differ from other ELCA Lutheran churches, there is a basic pattern.

  • We encounter God’s Word.
  • We share a meal at the Lord’s table.
  • We are sent into the world.

But we do not think about worship so much in terms of what we do. Worship is fundamentally about what God is doing and our response to God’s action. Worship is an encounter with God, who saves us through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.