I'm New -What should I expect?
How early should I get there?
Plan on arriving at least 15 minutes before the service starts. That will give you time to park and sign in on our guest book. Voice that you're a visitor to one of our greeters and they'll be sure to answer any questions you may have. Make sure you get into the sanctuary before the service begins and don't hesitate to reach out to any member beforehand and let them know you're visiting. Anyone would be happy to sit by you throughout the service and guide you through if necessary.
What should I wear?
Out of respect and reverence for God, you'll find that most of our members dress in nicer attire. There is no requirement for this and you may dress as you're comfortable, but when in doubt, modest clothing would be appropriate.
I've never been to a Missouri Synod Lutheran Church. Will I be lost in the service?
As you enter the santuary, you'll be given a bulletin with worship information printed inside. Follow the order of worship in the Lutheran Service Book provided in your pew. If you find yourself lost at any time, reach out to someone near you - they'd be glad to help.
Am I allowed to participate in The Lord's Supper (communion)?
Scripture teaches that the Lord's Supper is a precious gift of God in which Christ gives us His true body and blood (in a miraculous way), together with the bread and wine, for the forgiveness of our sins and the strengthening of our faith. Because the Bible teaches that this Sacrament may also be spiritually harmful if misused (1 Corinthians 11:27-29), and that participation in the Lord's Supper is an act of confession of faith, the LCMS congregations ordinarily commune only those who have been instructed in the teachings of our church and who have confessed their faith in these teachings.
What about my kids?
We welcome children in worship and support families worshiping together. However, if your child becomes fussy or in need of special attention, there is a cry room that can be accessed just outside the sanctuary door to your left.
Links Associated With Us
The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod
Our mission is vigorously to make known the love of Christ by word and deed within our churches, communities and the world.
South Dakota District - LCMS
Lutheran Hour Ministries
Lutherans For Life
Other Helpful Resource Links
Concordia Publishing House
Lutheran Heritage Foundation
Christ-centered, cross-focused talk radio for the thinking Christian.
http://witness.lcms.org/ As the LCMS's official magazine, The Lutheran Witness features stories and commentaries that interpret the contemporary world from a Lutheran Christian perspective. Learn to think and speak like a Lutheran on topics of faith, culture and family.
http://higherthings.org/ The mission of Higher Things, Inc. is to assist parents, congregations, and pastors in cultivating and promoting a Lutheran identity among youth through conferences, retreats, publications, and the internet.
http://gottesdienst.org/ The word means "worship" or "(God's) Divine Service" in German, and this journal goes by that name, because we are unabashedly dedicated to the traditional, historic liturgy of the Christian Church especially as preserved and employed by the Churches of the German Reformation of the 16th century. See also Gottesdienst Online / Gottesblog.