As a visitor, what should I expect? Expect a community of warm friendly people, engaging music and worship, God’s word preached in a compelling way and an opportunity to experience God. You’ll be encouraged and maybe even challenged, but that is normal. You are our guest, and our goal is to make you feel welcome. Expect God. We can’t change lives, but we believe that Jesus can. We expect the presence of God in all of our gatherings. Where God is present there is joy, healing, hope, and life. We come together to meet with and worship the Creator of the universe and to be changed by God's presence. Expect Acceptance and Love. At Good Shepherd, you will be accepted and loved no matter what. You can be yourself. Urban, suburban, rich, poor, young, and old are all welcome. At the foot of the cross is level ground where all are accepted as equals.
What should I wear? You may wear what ever is comfortable for you. For some this means wearing business-style clothing. For others it may mean wearing what is considered casual dress. We are not hung up on what you wear and simply want you to know that you are welcome here no matter your style of clothing.
Will I be asked to stand or introduce myself? We will not single out a visitor or guest by asking you to stand or raise your hand. We invite you (if you feel comfortable) to introduce yourself to one of our ushers who will be happy to give you a special gift form Good Shepherd which contains information you might find useful. We also invite you to take a moment following worship to introduce yourself to Pastor Olsen as he greets worshipers.
Will I be pushed to do something I don’t want to do? No, you’re our guest. You will not be pushed to do anything you don’t want to do. We will not make you stand up in front of everybody as a first-time guest or introduce yourself. There are a lot of great people to meet and a lot of great things happening on a Sunday morning, but the level of your participation will be totally up to you. We offer the Lord's Supper at each service and you are welcome to receive as you are comfortable.
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Where do I take my children? We recall our Lord’s words ‘Let the children come to me and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.’ (Matthew 19:14). Therefore, we encourage children to be part of worship at Good Shepherd. When children ‘make a joyful noise’ at inopportune times, we rejoice in their presence rather than lamenting their contributions. We understand that sometimes the worship service exceeds their attention span. Therefore, we provide cloth bags with books and games for young children. There is also child care provided at the main liturgy at 10:15.
Will I need to give money during the offering? We do take an offering, guests, however, should never feel obligated to give. Our worship service is our gift to you as a first time worshiper so just pass the plate and enjoy the worship service.
How can I join Good Shepherd Lutheran Church? First, we want to assure you that all the care and activities of the congregation are open to those who worship regularly with us – without regard to membership. If, however, you decide you wish to join Good Shepherd, membership is open to all people who wish to share in the worship of Good Shepherd and live a Christian life. You may become a member by transfer from the church to which you now belong or the Sacrament of Baptism. For more information, call the church office 516-349-1966 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where can I get more information about Good Shepherd Lutheran Church? Browse around our website to see all that we have to offer. If you have questions which are not answered here, call the church office 516-349-1966 or send an email to email@example.com.