Frequently Asked Questions...
Sunday - 8:30 a.m. Traditional Music & spoken words,
Communion celebrated first & third Sunday
Sunday - 10:45 a.m. Blended Worship, family-friendly & casual,
Communion celebrated first & third Sunday
Wednesday - 6:30 p.m. Contemporary, family-friendly & casual,
Communion celebrated second & fourth Wednesday
New to First Lutheran?
If you are new to First Lutheran, we certainly welcome you warmly and are glad that you have decided to be a part of this faith community for a worship service, a class, or any other special event. Coming into a new place like a church can feel awkward, but we really want you to feel welcome and comfortable at First Lutheran. Listed below are some tips and insights that might help you feel at ease as a newcomer to First Lutheran.
Directions to First Lutheran
First Lutheran is located in Volga at 623 Kasan Ave.
Sunday Worship Services
During the services in the Sanctuary, ushers hand out bulletins (the order of service) and assist you in finding a seat. The bulletin has everything you need to follow the worship service. When you are invited to speak or sing during the service, the text and music will also be projected on the screen ahead. Projected text and music helps us to lift our voices and create a sense of energy in the worship space! Also within the bulletin is news and opportunities for all to Invite, Connect, and Grow at First Lutheran. Please feel invited to participate in the opportunities you read about.
All Sunday worship services are about 50 minutes long. The services are liturgical in nature or a follow a structured pattern, regardless of whether the style of worship is traditional, blended or contemporary. Worship is a special time where we come together as a Body to actively worship the God of the universe. Feel free to fill out a Welcome Card located next to the hymnals. As you leave worship,, you can hand it to a pastor or place in the wooden box in the narthex. Please be sure your cell phone is muted or turned off during our time of worship together.
Children in worship, the Nursery and Sunday School
Children are welcome in worship and are invited to take an Activity Bag (located outside the Sanctuary) or a Children’s Bulletin if they chose, to help occupy their attention during less active times of the service.
A nursery is available during all service hours for children up to three years old. The nursery is located halfway down the east hallway. The nursery which is staffed by a paid staff person for the 10:45 service.
Sunday School is available for any children three years old through senior high between the services from September through May. If you are interested in having your child experience Sunday School, you may come to the church office before a morning worship service, and the Sunday School Superintendent will place your child in an age appropriate class. Sunday School classes are lead by adult and youth volunteers.
Offering will be collected during the services but we do not expect newcomers to participate in Offering. We believe stewardship and financial support of the ministry is the responsibility of those who call First Lutheran their home faith community.
Holy Communion, one of two Sacraments acknowledged by the Lutheran Church, is celebrated during the services as indicated above. Sacraments are ways in which we experience God’s undeserved love through earthly elements, which Christ himself instituted. At First Lutheran, both elements of bread and wine are received by a method of called “Intinction”, where the tip of the wafer or bread is dipped into the red colored wine or white colored grape juice. We celebrate Communion as a way to remember who we are and whose we are, and all are welcome to the Table. If a child has received instruction on receiving Communion, he or she is welcome to come forward for Communion, but to help the servers, a child should be reminded to hold his or her hands out to receive the bread or wafer. If a child has not previously been instructed on receiving Communion, that child is invited to come forward for a blessing.
Baptism, which is the second Sacrament celebrated by the Lutheran Church, is a special time when a child or adult is welcomed into a new relationship with God and we celebrate this in the context of a worshiping community of faith. We therefore ask that family members and friends of the baptized person refrain from taking flash photography during the worship service in which the baptism is taking place. If you are interested in more information about Baptism, you may contact Pastor Laura Overbo at 605-627-9418 or email her at email@example.com.
Adult Bible studies are offered during the Sunday School hour between services. This is open to all adults and no pre-registration unless indicated otherwise. Adult studies meet at the end of the East hallway.
Stay and Make Friends
Come have refreshments and connecting time after 8:30 service in the fellowship space located outside the sanctuary. You are invited to stick around and connect with people you may already know at First Lutheran or with people you might have met at First Lutheran. We want to get to know you!
For More Information…
The Information Center in the Narthex is available for you to gather additional information about First Lutheran as you desire. The First Lutheran newsletter, The Voice, which is published monthly and is available at the Information Center, is another way in which people can learn about the First Lutheran faith community. If you would like to receive The Voice in the mail, please let the pastors or church office know and we would be happy to put you on the mailing list.
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! The wedding you are planning should be looked upon as a very special time of growth in your relationship. And, for you, it should be an occasion of great joy, and of profound religious and spiritual significance. Whether you are asking to be married in the church or outdoors among God’s creation, it is our intention to help you as much as possible.
With that in mind,the attached guidelines are provided to assist you in your preparations.
Wedding Guidelines Booklet
Wedding Fees Invoice
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