Statement of Faith
St. Michael the Archangel, whose name means, “one who is like God".
St. Michael is an angel and the leader of all angels and of the army of God. This is what the title "Archangel" means.
The beauty of being an ELCA Lutheran is that you are allowed and encouraged to think and ask faith questions. We have basic faith tenants, listed below, but when it comes to many issues of faith and ethical life, our church gives guidance to you, might encourage a specific belief or practice, but does not require people to all think or believe the same thing. Hence, regarding current hot button issues such as homosexuality, abortion and gun control our members may not be like-minded.
However, we are like minded in our devotion to Jesus as God's revelation of Godself as savior. Let us introduce you to St. Michael Lutheran Church, a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran in America.
Do you have questions about God but don’t know where to ask them?
Been turned off by judgmentalism in the church?
Made to feel unworthy of God?
Wonder why Christians often seem more about hate and exclusion than love?
Really don’t have a problem with evolution and believe God created in this manner, but are afraid to voice it?
Have issues with the concept of a loving God sending people to hell?
Really can’t buy that every word in the Bible came directly from the mouth of God?
Faith and Doubt - We encourage questions about God and understand that doubt is a normal part of faith.
Biblical Interpretation - We believe that God inspired the Biblical writers, but did not dictate it to them. Hence, it is influenced by the culture and bias of these writers, which may or may not match that of God. It then is a process of continual discussion and research to discover God’s truth in the pages of scripture. We interpret the Bible, always, through the lens of Jesus as God in the flesh. His love and life modeled God's ways.
Grace versus Law - You’ll hear grace filled preaching and teaching here, more about love, acceptance and possibilities, rather than sin and judgment. We understand sin to be a state of brokenness for humanity and the world, rather than just doing bad things that deserve punishment.
Heaven and Hell - We understand heaven to be a gift God gives humanity through the death and resurrection of Jesus. It is not a reward for good behavior. We understand hell, then, to be not a punishment from God, but rather more of a choice people make to live separated from God.
Evolution - God created the world and is still creating the world through a process that began 14 billion years ago. The Biblical creation stories (There are two of them.) are not meant to be science but myths (something that always is, but never was) about God and ourselves. The contain truth about the human condition and about God’s love and mercy, but are not history.
End Times - We do not use the book of Revelation as a map to predict end times, believing instead what Jesus told the disciples in Acts, chapter one, in the New Testament--that no one knows the time except God. He also told his followers in that text that we should be spending our time telling others about God’s love. Hence, we concentrate on doing that in words and actions as the Hands and Feet of Christ, rather than worry about the future times. God is in control of that.
Homosexuality - Our denomination does not condemn homosexual people. In fact, the ELCA voted in 2010 to be supportive of gay unions and of gay and lesbian pastors who have life partners. However, not all in the national church agree on the sinfulness or not, of homosexuality as an orientation or of homosexual acts. At St. Michael, all God’s people are welcome and we accept you as you are!
Ordination of Women - The ELCA has ordained women into ministry since 1970. Since we do not interpret the Bible literally, we see nothing in it to deny women this calling, nor to place them below men in any way. Both men and women are created in God’s image.
Abortion - People in the ELCA disagree on this hot button issue. Some folks are pro-choice; others are pro-life. This Church does not insist on either point of view. Our national church does officially consider abortion sinful, but also acknowledges that it may sometimes be an option of last resort.
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Growing in faith through learning is important for children, but even more important for adults. We offer opportunities to go deep in the Word and enhance your relationship with God.
Sunday mornings between worship services at 9:45 am from September to May. There is often an opportunity for adults to gather for a Bible study or discussion of a contemporary issue.
Men’s Bible Study
All who identify as male are invited to gather at 8:15 am on Fridays at a local Panera Bread for conversation about a Bible text.
Women of the ELCA
All who identify as female are invited to meet on the second Tuesday evening of each month (September to May) for Bible Study and fellowship.
First Communion Class
Open to all baptized members of any age.
Children, grades K-5, can participate in a one-room Sunday School from September to May at 9:40 to 10:35 am. We use a homegrown curriculum that focuses on Biblical themes over four weeks. Our goal is not just to teach our children how to "talk the talk" but to "walk the walk," living faithfully as disciples of Christ. We integrate service-based activities, parent involvement, and the involvement of our own ministry groups to lead by example in the Christian life, while never neglecting more traditional bible lessons.
Confirmation Instruction for Teens
We meet Wednesdays at 6pm in the St. Michael Annex for a short, half-hour class. Our current course of study is the New Testament. The class is open to all seventh and eighth graders, or sixth graders with mutual consent of teachers and parents.
For grades six and up. We meet twice a week: our Midweek Socials meet on Wednesdays at 6:30pm following confirmation, while our Sunday Socials meet between services at 9:40 on Sunday mornings. Our midweek socials are focused around table fellowship, fun and games, and a devotion on a "controversial topic" while our Sunday socials are focused on learning from biblical themes.