Frequently Asked Questions

We know it can be intimidating to go to a church for the first time.  

We've developed the Q&As below to help, based on questions we often get from guests.

  • St. Luke welcomes everyone the way they are. If you'd like to get a feel for how most people dress, the 10:30 service is typically more casual. At the 8am service, slacks and button downs, dresses, and blouses are common. However, in the hot summer months, all bets are off! 

  • From infants in the nursery to High Schoolers at a Plugged In social gathering, we have weekly opportunities for kids of all ages. 

    • Every Sunday there are classes at 9:30am for all ages in our education wing, and children can be securely dropped-off by checking in at the iPad and getting a matching security sticker. 
    • Our nursery is professionally staffed from 8am - 11:30am each Sunday. We also have a toddler room with a live-stream of the service available. 
    • During the 10:30am service, children up to 8 years old can head to Children's Church during the message for a fun, bible-based activity and return just before communion. For more information about our Children's ministry, click here.

    Our youth from 5th grade through high school are always up to something fun! Check out the Youth page for more info.

  • Communion is a great and sacred gift to us, as we receive the body and blood of Jesus in, with, and under the bread and wine. In the early church some people did not respect the communion meal or others at the meal, and they had to be instructed about the miraculous gift and great grace that communion is. So, our typical practice is to educate our 7th-8th graders in our Sunday morning classes before they are confirmed and receive communion. But we defer to parents, and if they they have educated their children about communion we welcome them to receive it. 

  • We are a Lutheran church that believes God is always working to bring His restoring love into our world. We all have issues and failures, but the Bible shows us our ultimate hope is in the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. We hope to make this clear in everything we do from children’s events to adult studies and from worship services to community projects.

  • The hallmark of Lutheran faith is grace - the free forgiveness God gives us because of Jesus. In the 1500s, Martin Luther challenged the idea that people could buy a piece of paper from the church and be forgiven. He argued for a return to the original Christian teaching that grace comes to us freely through the gift of faith, not through what we do or earn ourselves.

  • We are a membership-led church, which means that certain actions, like hiring a pastor, can only be done with approval from voting members.  We expect our members to have been baptized and agree with the main teachings of Lutheranism as found in Luther's Small Catechism.  If you are interested in being baptized, the first step is to fill out a baptism request and then meet with Pastor Luke.

  • At our Breakfasts with Pastor Luke we talk about who we are and what we believe, all while new people get to know each other across three weeks of breakfasts. Our next round will start October 16th. You can also ask our office to transfer your active LCMS membership to St. Luke’s, but we still encourage you to attend the breakfasts.

  • A great next step is to try an adult Bible study at 9:30 on Sunday mornings. We also have studies during the week, including both a men and women’s study. You can also volunteer at one of our upcoming Produce on Wheels events or join us for the next congregational meal event (School Kickoff, Oktoberfest, Spring BBQ, etc.). Eventually, we’d love for you to join a small group that meets in people’s homes for study and support, or to volunteer regularly on the weekends. We talk about these more at the Breakfasts with Pastor Luke, but if you’d like to know more now, please contact our Adult Ministry Director, Paul Hoffmann.