I’m a visitor … what can I expect?
Where should I park?
Parking is available in front of the church, behind the church off Main Street, as well as on the surrounding city streets.
What should I wear?
It is common to see worshipers dressed in everything from neat casual to “Sunday best.” Wear what you feel is comfortable and appropriate.
Should I give at the offering?
This is an opportunity in our service for us to be able to give back to God out of what He has first given to us. We do not expect visitors to participate unless they also are moved to express thankfulness to God for what He has done.
What about children?
Children are encouraged to be active participants in hearing and responding to the Word of God in worship. If children become restless during the service, we have a cry room in the back of church. Ushers will be happy to assist you in locating this room.
Will I be able to follow along with the service?
Yes! While we use a hymnal (Lutheran Service Book - LSB) for our liturgy and hymns, each element of our service is outlined in the bulletin so that you can easily participate. If you become lost or confused, any member near you would be happy to help you find your place in the worship.
What is communion all about and do I participate?
Here at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church we believe that the body and blood of Jesus is really present in, with, and under the bread and wine, and through the Sacrament of Holy Communion, God gives us the forgiveness of sins and strength for the Christian life. We also believe it is important that everyone who comes to the Lord’s table confess the same faith. If you are not a member of Bethlehem or a sister congregation of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod or have questions about our beliefs concerning the Lord’s Supper, please refrain until we have an opportunity to visit with you about our teaching before partaking of the Sacrament. Feel free to speak with our Pastor or one of the elders of the congregation.
What happens after worship?
After worship we have a time of fellowship in our fellowship hall just off our sanctuary. We always have coffee and some sort of cookies, bars, or dessert to share with everyone. Starting at 10:15 am we have Sunday school in the basement for children from pre-school to eighth grade. Also starting at that time is adult Bible study in the fellowship hall. We like study a variety topics in adult Bible study from focusing on a single book of the Bible, to look at a topic, to even talking about current events in light of God's Word.