Things you might be wondering
What should I wear?
The family at Peace is made up of people of all ages at all stages of life. Clothing ranges from shorts and jeans to skirts and ties. Be comfortable . . . be you. That’s the person we are most eager to meet, and the person God loves.
Can I bring my kids to church?
Yep, we like kids. Children of all ages are a welcome part of our Sunday worship services. We know they may wiggle or make noise, and that’s okay. It’s what kids do! Activity bags are available in the entryway, and children’s bulletins with activities related to the Bible readings are available from an usher. If you come to the front for Communion, you are welcome to bring your child for a special blessing from the pastor. During some services a Children’s Time will be offered: Younger children are invited to come the the front for a special message just for them. There is no pressure for your child to participate; they can do whatever is comfortable for them.
Where should I park? Which door should I use?
There is plenty of parking on the north, west, and south sides of the building. The painted lines are getting a little faint, but they still do the trick. Covered entrances are available on both the front and the back of the building; you’re welcome to use either one, as they both go to the same place!
What should I do once I get inside?
The main doors lead to an open room, where you can find a coat rack, kids’ activity bags, a tissue, and a newsletter with the scoop about what’s going on at Peace. Signs or a friendly usher can point you to the bathrooms or drinking fountain. At the Welcome Center you will find a guest register and helpful information about the church. When you’re ready to enter the sanctuary, an usher will ask if you’d like a bulletin and will be happy to help you find a seat if you’d like. You are welcome to sit anywhere you like.
In each pew you will find hymnals, Bibles, kids’ doodle papers, and a statement about attending Communion. A Friendship Folder at the inside end of each pew offers you a place to record your name (which helps the church office with its attendance records) – you can do this either before the service or while the offering is being collected after the sermon.
What is a service like?
You are welcome to follow along using the screens at the front of the sanctuary, or using a printed bulletin, or just by listening if you like. Lutheran services include some ups and downs . . . we stand for portions of the service to express our joy, honor Christ, or share our beliefs. If you are not comfortable standing at any or all of those times, feel free to remain seated.
The service usually lasts 60-75 minutes. It will include songs, Bible readings, responsive litanies, a sermon by the pastor, and prayer. We celebrate the Lord’s Supper/Holy Communion on the first and third Sundays of the month.
Some services may make you laugh, especially when Pastor cracks a joke or one of the little ones at Children’s Time shares their unique perspective. Some services may put a lump in your throat as God speaks to your heart in unexpected ways. Either way, it’s all a normal part of the time we set aside to spend with Him.
What happens after the service?
There is no formal dismissal after the service – you’re free to leave when the service is over. Some of our members tend to hang around in the entryway for a while, chatting and getting caught up on the week’s activities. Others scoot out right away to head to their homes and that day’s obligations. People may say hello to you or give you a shy smile; you are welcome to smile back! Many Sundays we offer coffee and treats after the service. You are invited to sit and enjoy a light snack with our members or take food for the road.