Frequently Asked Questions
Thinking about attending one of our services?
Our community would love to welcome you and your family to church this weekend. We have opportunities for each member of your household to enjoy themselves as they encounter God through the Bible and other people just like you. We offer services on Sundays at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m., September through May and at 9:00 a.m. during the summer months. Wednesday service is at 6:30 p.m. throughout the year. Between Sunday services, stop by the Larsen Lounge for a cup of joe and conversation. There you'll find friendly faces with the desire to make you feel welcome and to answer any questions you might have about our church. Come between 5:30 and 6:15 p.m. on Wednesdays for some supper in the back of the Sanctuary before we worship. You will find that Our Savior's is a multi-generational church. You will see children, teenagers, and adults of all ages at our church.
So, come see for yourself. We have a seat waiting for you and we know you will enjoy it. We don't call out guests during our services and ask them to stand, and we promise not to embarrass you in any way. Come ready to connect by allowing us to take care of you and your family. We want to add you to our growing community of friends, and we are looking forward to your visit. We have great ministries for children and students on both Sundays and Wednesdays.
Where do I go when I arrive?
Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the north side of the building and across the street to the west. Curb-side parking is also available. Drop-off spaces are located directly in front of both the north and west entrances for your convenience. The north entrance is handicap-accessible.
If you enter the building from the west, coat racks are located just inside the doors to the left. If you enter from the north, coat racks are located to the left and right in the hallways just before you enter the Sanctuary. Ushers and greeters will meet you and help you know where to go next.
How does Our Savior's feel about children in worship?
Have you ever watched children eat at a dining room table? Their manners are far from elegant. But it is done in hope that, in a short amount of time, they will begin to feel like part of the family. This is a lot like bringing a child into the sanctuary. We would hope that, in time, those children would grow in faith and feel like they are a part of OUR family.
Children will giggle, poke siblings, and swing their legs because they are children. They also sing, pray, and give with us. Our Savior's suggests that adults accept and value children's restlessness during worship, trusting that they are also learning:
- That it's important to come to this place each Sunday.
- That they belong to this special company of people.
- That the sights and sounds and feels of the sanctuary are good, though not always understandable.
- That something is expected of them in this place, and that they may respond in song, prayer, and offering.
Bringing a child to church can be a real exercise in patience but the rewards are well worth the effort. Parents do not want their children to be disruptive or loud, sometimes they just are. We must remember that baptized children are members of the Church. Our Savior's believes children should be among the worshipping people. They may not listen and participate the way adults do, but they are growing in understanding and learning to take their places in the church family.
We encourage adults to realize that young children may have some bad moments in worship, but it is their birthright as Christians to worship. Our satisfaction comes in later years when we see them stand in the Church with a faith of their own.
What are the worship services like?
Worship emphasizes that we are marked with the cross of Christ and that we are dying and rising. We are, by God's grace, being born again and again and again. So we invite people to be very conscious that they are living in relationship with God, and that God is up to something in their lives and in the world.
Holy Communion is celebrated every Sunday and Wednesday. The early Christians who followed Jesus gathered around WORD and MEAL. In our own Lutheran faith tradition we are invited to receive the assurance of God's forgiveness, embodied in bread and wine—"given for you" when we worship. Holy Communion is a gift of grace that builds up the body of Christ.
Sunday mornings we offer two worship services. The first service is a traditional service and begins at 8:30 a.m. The second is an alternative service featuring a variety of music ensembles and begins at 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday evenings we offer a contemporary worship service which begins at 6:30 p.m. If you enjoy evenings worship services, work on the weekends, attend Wednesday confirmation classes or have kids who attend confirmation classes, or if you just feel like connecting with God in worship during the week, we encourage you to join us!
If I visit, how should I dress?
What should you wear to Our Savior's? Whatever you are most comfortable in. We want you to come just as you are. On most Sundays and Wednesdays, you will find the music leaders, worship teams, and regular attendees of Our Savior's wearing casual clothes, though some at the 8:30 traditional Sunday morning service are a little more dressed up. We're more concerned with the inside than with the outside.
Will I have to say anything, give anything, or do anything?
Not at all. Only if you want to.
What are the church office hours?
The church office is open Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. and Fridays 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. The office is not open Sunday mornings. Voicemails left in the general mailbox or in the Office Manager's mailbox will not be received until Monday mornings.
How do I contact a pastor in an emergency situation?
During regular office hours (M–TH, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.) please call the church office at (218) 233-2412 if you need to speak to a pastor. If the church office is closed and you have a non-life threatening prayer request, please call the church office and follow the prompts to leave a message on Pr. Loren's voicemail. If you have an emergency situation in which the church office is closed and you need to speak with a pastor before the next open hours, Pastor Loren may be reached at (218) 227-5307 or on his cell phone at (651) 263-7367.
How do we practice baptism?
In baptism, God promises to:
- Make your child a child of God, for your child will be baptized in God's name. (Matthew 28:19)
- Wash your child clean of sin. (Acts 22:16)
- Give your child the Holy Spirit, which will enable your child to call upon Jesus as Lord. (Titus 3:5)
- Make your child a member of the body of Christ, the Church. (Romans 6:5)
- Grant your child eternal life. (Mark 16:16)
As the pastor pours water on your child and speaks the Word of God, it is God who addresses your child with these promises and who will faithfully accomplish them in your child. In this gift from God, your child will be born again and begin a whole new life, a life led by Christ instead of a life driven by sin. The baptismal water is the physical sign of this covenant between God and your child.
In presenting your child for Baptism you are doing a wonderful thing. You are permitting your child to receive a precious gift, God's gift of eternal love. Through Baptism, for the rest of life, your child can be sure of God’s faithful, unconditional love.
When you present your child for baptism, you also make very important promises. You promise to:
- Help your child grow in faith though home devotional and prayer life.
- Help your child grow in faith within the community of faith, the Church.
- Take every opportunity to show your child God's steadfast love and mercy given in baptism.
When you present your child to receive holy baptism, you take upon yourself the responsibility to tell your child of the wonderful promises the God gives in baptism. You promise to do all that you can to cultivate in your child the hope, peace, joy, love, and meaning that is part of the life of a child of God. You are promising to do such things as read the Bible with your child, worship regularly, and teach him/her about the Christian faith at home, Sunday Church School, Confirmation instruction, and any other way you can.
You need to consider the magnitude of the promises that God gives your child in baptism, promises more valuable than anything the world can give. You also need to consider how foolish it would be for your child to live even one day without knowing God's love shown in Christ and through baptism. Truly, the promises you make when you present your child for holy baptism are the most important promises that you will ever make to your child.
I have more questions. Who can I talk to?
Our office staff or our pastors would enjoy talking with you more. You can send a message to our church office or you can call us at (218) 233-2412.