The purpose of this congregation shall be to share the love of Jesus. We do this by giving honor and glory to the Triune God, to carry out His will, to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all the world, to manifest the unity of our faith in Jesus Christ as God and Savior, to foster Christian fellowship and love, to extend a helping hand to human need, and to achieve its objectives by the preaching of the Word of God, by the administration of the sacraments, and by the religious instruction of all its members according to the confessional standard of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Board of Elders - Assist the Pastor in the spiritual life of the congregation.
Board of Trustees - Responsible for the physical properties of the congregation.
Board for Christian Education - Responsible for the nurture and Christian growth of the members of the congregation.
Board of Missions and Outreach - Lead the members of the congregation in outreach into the community.
Board of Stewardship - Teaching and promoting proper stewardship of time, talents, and treasures.
Board for Human Care - Caring for the members of the church and the community.
Board of Youth - Responsible for the nurture and Christian growth of the youth of the Church.
We have two services every Sunday - traditional service and a family/contempory service. Join the service that best fits your style, both services have the same message to make sure we are all learning as a family. Life can be busy, but at worship you can slow down and accept God's Word and Sacraments.
First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids - Missouri Synod teaches and responds to the love of the Triune God:
The Father, creator of all that exists;
Jesus Christ, the Son, who became human to suffer and die for the sins of all human beings and to rise to life again in the ultimate victory over death and Satan; and
the Holy Spirit, who creates faith through God's Word and Sacraments.
The three persons of the Trinity are coequal and coeternal, one God.
We accept and preach the Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century. The teaching of Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three phrases: Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in HIm should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. . . For "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." Romans 10:9, 13
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.” Romans 1:16
Our 8:00 a.m. service uses a variety of traditional liturgies as found in The Lutheran Service Book, along with our favorite hymns from the past and present. Many love to sing these hymns to God’s glory accompanied by our rich sounding pipe organ.
Our 10:30 a.m. Family Service has all the beautiful components of our Lutheran heritage using a more blended style of music supported by an electronic piano and guitar with song leaders. Our youth tend to be more engaged and involved in this worship style.
The praise team sings and plays at the family service with uplifting and contemporary music. The team consists of a piano, guitar, and several voices. Even the children know the songs and partake in singing.
A sacrament is a holy action started by Jesus in which He brings His invisible grace into our lives through visible signs.
- In Baptism Jesus brings His gifts to us through the common element of water connected with His words and promises.
- In the Lord’s Supper He brings forgiveness, life, and salvation as He offers His body and blood through the bread and wine. We believe in the “Real Presence,” that is, He is really present with us.
The third Sunday of the month is Youth Sunday. The youth of all ages have the choice to be a greeter, usher, acolyte, or a reader. By being a part of the service they are learning more about Jesus' Love.
TO THE PARENTS OF OUR YOUNG CHILDREN, MAY WE SUGGEST:
RELAX! God put the wiggle in children; don’t feel you have to suppress it in God’s house. All are welcome.
Sit toward the front where it is easier to see and hear what is going on. Children tire of seeing the backs of others’ heads.
If they are old enough, quietly explain the parts of the service and the actions of the pastor, musicians, elders and ushers. Read the Kids in the Divine Service to them .
Sing the hymns, pray and say the responses. Children learn liturgical behavior by copying you.
If you feel you have to leave the service with your child, feel free to do so, but please come back.
Jesus said, “Let the children come to me”.
Remember, the way we welcome children in church directly affects the way they respond to church, to God and to one another. Let them know they are at home in this house of worship.
*Activity bags are located by the ushers when you walk in.