What to Expect

What to Expect

What is Good Shepherd Lutheran Church like?

We are a group of believers who love to gather around God’s Holy Word and His precious Sacraments.

Can I remain anonymous or will I be pointed out to everyone as a visitor?

No, we do not ask visitors to stand up and be introduced. You will be greeted as you enter and leave the church, just as all our members are. It is up to you whether you wish to have an extended conversation with us. We would love to meet you and get to know you.

Is it okay to just watch at first?

We believe that church membership is a voluntary act and that the most important thing is to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness and salvation. People need time to evaluate and decide if they want to get further involved. We respect that need, and if in time you desire to join our membership and commune with us, we would be happy to speak with you about it.

What should I wear?

Sometimes people wonder how they are expected to dress at a church they’ve never visited before. The Bible presents no dress code.  On any given Sunday you may see running shoes and high heels, jeans and suits, open collars and ties. When a person dresses out of love for God, the choice of dress (casual or more formal) is acceptable to God… and us.

What if I don’t know much about the Bible?

All of us are growing in our knowledge and faith. None of us have our Bibles completely memorized. The Divine Service and Bible study are opportunities to grow in our knowledge of the Bible and trust in our Savior.

Is your church full of “perfect” people?

Not at all! Our church is a spiritual hospital. Jesus himself said: “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick” (Mt 9:12). Jesus is the Great Physician of our souls. We are far from perfect! That’s why we’re at church—to hear that we are forgiven!