Where to Sit?

 

Feel free to sit wherever you'd like, whether the front or the back. If you need assistance an usher will help you.

What to wear?

 

Come as you are. We aren't worried about what you're wearing. Many of our members do have a healthy practice of "dressing up" for church. But we are not trying to impress each other - we simply want to express the importance of public worship.

What about the kids?

 

Kids of all ages are welcome at Immanuel. We encourage kids and their parents to grow in faith together as they hear God's word and sing his praise. If you wish to worship with your child, but don’t feel comfortable in the sanctuary, you may take your child to the nursery at the back of the church, the room across the hall, or the basement. A speaker in any of those rooms allow you to follow along with the service.  If you need any help with your children, just ask. We would be happy to help you with whatever you need.

What about Offerings?

 

We pass an offering plate during the service so that our worship may include bringing gifts to God. Our members plan these gifts as a response to God's love. The offerings are used to fund the ministry of the congregation and our church body, the WELS. Visitors should not feel obligated to give an offering.

Attending church for the first time?

 

Attending church somewhere for the first time can be intimidating. Here are some common worries:

"I would just die if they made me stand up and say something."

 

We assure you, we won't embarrass you in this or any other way. We want you to feel comfortable and at home with us. Church should be an enjoyable and uplifting experience. We promise to do all we can so you can relax and learn about your Savior.

"I know my child is going to be too noisy."

 

We encourage parents of young children to attend worship service with their children. This begins the good habits of attending worship services at an early age. The back rows are reserved for parents with young children. If required, a nursery room is available at the back of the sanctuary.

"I know I will feel out of place."

 

We hope that this web site will ease your mind, but if you have a question, please ask someone for help. Don't hesitate to say, "I am new. What is this about?"

"I am afraid I will say or do something wrong."

 

All of us have felt this way when in a new situation. But we hope you see the people of our congregation to be ordinary people like yourself. We want to accept you as you are and help you become what Christ wants you to be. We do not want to throw cold water on that by being critical.

"I just want to watch at first and I know that they will try to involve me or sign me up."

 

It is unpleasant to be pressured or to be part of a "membership drive" as though we were heads of cattle, isn't it? We believe that church membership should be a voluntary thing, and that the most important thing is to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sins and salvation. It takes time for this to be cultivated. People need time to evaluate and decide if they wish further involvement. We believe we should respect that need.

"I don't know that much about the Bible."

 

Worship Services and Bible Study are opportunities to grow in our knowledge of the Bible and faith in Jesus. You won't have to read or answer any questions you don't want to answer. And remember, sometimes the wisest words we say are, "I don't know."

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Immanuel Lutheran Church