As a Visitor: You will not be asked to stand up or announce anything about yourself during service. However, you may be greeted and welcomed by any number of our church family. There are greeters at every door as you enter on Saturday night or Sunday morning; they can help you find your way. There are volunteers at the Welcome Center in the church lobby who would be happy to answer any questions you might have. When you enter the sanctuary you will be greeted and handed a bulletin that will give you any information you may need to participate in the worship service. It will also include some weekly announcements and information about other events in which you may want to get involved. There are welcome cards in the pew racks for you to fill out some information, which can be placed in the offering plate when it is passed during service. We do not sell your personal information and will not contact you without your permission. This simply helps us know a little more about how you found us and allows us to send you a note during the week.
Dress: We have no dress code. Feel free to wear suits or jeans—whatever makes you most comfortable as you worship God.
Worship Services: There is no “typical” worship service at St. Michael’s but overall each service is about an hour in length and includes announcements, a time to welcome one another in the pews, uplifting worship music, prayers, an optional monetary offering, a brief in-service message just for children, Scripture reading, and a Bible-based message that’s relevant to your life. As a Lutheran church in the Missouri Synod we also observe a time of private and general confession of sins followed by a pronouncement of Christ’s forgiveness to us through God’s word. We also usually celebrate Holy Communion together on the first, third, and fifth Sundays of each month.
Communion: We believe that God gives into our mouths not only bread and wine but his very body and blood to eat and to drink for the forgiveness of sins and to strengthen our union with him and with one another. Our Lord invites to his table those who trust his words, repent of all sin, and forgive others as we have first been forgiven. You are welcome to join us; the ushers will invite each row of pews to come forward to the communion servers to take a bread and wine. Children are encouraged to come with adults to receive a blessing.
More information about the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod is available here: www.lcms.org/belief-and-practice
Children and Youth: We really love kids at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church! During worship services there are children’s bulletins with fun, age-appropriate activities corresponding to the sermon—simply ask an usher. We also have a quiet nursing room in the back of the sanctuary available for moms to care for little ones while still participating in service. We provide childcare in the nursery during regular services as well. There is a children’s sermon in both Sunday morning services where children will be welcomed forward for a time of teaching designed just for them. The children and youth stay together with their families during worship services, but we offer care and programs for children birth-grade 5 and middle/high school during Bible hour from 9:30-10:30am. Additional children and youth programs, including Confirmation, are offered on Wednesday nights.
We encourage you to take advantage of our wonderful and safe children’s and youth programs. If this is your first time bringing kids to our programs, we suggest you complete a registration form (found on our Children and Youth webpages) and return or bring it with you. We would also be pleased to meet you beforehand to answer any questions you may have, or try arriving 10 minutes early so we can register your child/youth with our secure check-in system.
Parking and Entrance, Accessibility: There is one driveway entrance to the church from Poplar Bridge Rd, as well as a one-way entrance from Normandale Blvd. Please use caution as this area is currently under construction. We have one large parking lot close to the main church entrance on the east side of the building, and additionally two smaller lots to the southwest and southeast of the building. There are handicap spaces available close to the main entrance on the east side of the building. Our church building is equipped with handicap-accessible bathroom stalls and an elevator for your convenience.
Church Membership: There is no pressure to join us; you are always welcome to worship here, participate in any of our activities and attend any Bible studies. Periodically through the year we offer “membership exploration” classes where you can learn more about St. Michael’s, and we encourage you to come and learn even if you do not intend to become a church member. Topics include faith, Lutheran theology, our organizational structure, and a tour of the church. Membership of our church is a choice and commitment, which we want you to make only when the time is right for you.