How Long Will the Service Last?
In general you can expect the service to last about an hour, slightly longer when there is communion.
What Should I Wear?
Don't worry - any kind of clothing is welcome. You'll find a wide variety of attire at our worship services, from "Sunday best" to blue jeans and sneakers. Please be assured that no one will be turned away based on how they are dressed. It is more important that you are here, not what you are wearing.
Will I Have to Stand Up and be Recognized as a Visitor?
No, we don't want you to feel uncomfortable. If you'd like, please stay a few moments after service to allow our pastor and some of our members to introduce themselves and to thank you for encouraging us with your presence.
How Will I Know What to Say or Do During the Service?
The service order is printed in the bulletin that an usher will hand to you as you enter the church to be seated. In addition, most of the service information is projected on a large screen so you can follow along. Lyrics to our hymns are also projected on the screen and can be found in their entirety in our hymnals located in each pew.
What About Children?
Children of all ages are welcome. We do have a nursery with changing station in the back of the church if you ever need to step out for a few moments to attend to your child. We also offer Sunday School before church service September - May, and please visit our school website to learn about our Christian education opportunities for Pre-K to 8th Grade.
Am I Expected to Give Money?
No. An offering plate will be passed usually after the sermon, and we know this can be an awkward time for a visitor. Please understand the offering is a way for St. Paul's members to show their thanks to God for the blessings they have received. The bible teaches us that with our offerings we worship and honor God. Please don't feel obligated to make an offering, but freely participate if you are moved to do so.
What About Communion?
We practice "close communion." This means that we may only commune with people who share our beliefs such as other WELS members or those who are in fellowship with WELS. If you are a visitor please speak with the pastor or an elder prior to service to express your desire to commune. Otherwise you are welcome to remain during communion to the close of service.
Will I Get on a Mailing List?
Not unless you request it. You'll notice that in each pew is a Welcome Card. You may fill out the card and provide us with as much information as you'd like so that we may follow up with you appropriately. The card may be dropped in the offering plate when it is passed.
Please consider visiting us for Sunday morning service. We have greeters who will greet you at the door and would be happy to answer any questions you may have. You're welcome to visit our church as often as you'd like, and if you decide to make us your church home please contact our pastor to get things started. Thank you!