1) ARE YOU ASSOCIATED WITH A DENOMINATION?
We are in fellowship with The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. For more, see www.lcms.org.
2) WHAT IF I HAVEN’T BEEN TO CHURCH IN A LONG TIME?
Not a problem! In fact, we don’t care if you have never been to church. The doors of the church are open to people of all walks of life. The order of service is engaging and easy to follow.
3) WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Wear what you feel is comfortable and appropriate. We don’t have a dress code and we certainly wouldn’t want you to worry about this. Some people wear jeans and t-shirt, while others come in “business casual” attire. We are more concerned about your heart and your needs than we are about your clothing.
4) WHAT ABOUT MY KIDS?
We encourage children to stay in the service if possible since we believe that God’s Word is active and alive (Hebrews 4:12) and it can change lives both young and old. However, God designed infants and toddlers to be physically active so we have a nursery with an audio feed so the parents and kids can still listen to the service. Likewise, we have Sunday School for Pre-School through High School at 9:25am and for Adults at 9:35am during the school year.
5) WHAT IF IM NOT LUTHERAN?
Shepherd of the Pines is for anyone who wants to be part of a Christ-centered community. Our family is made up of many people from many different religious backgrounds and are united in the body of Christ.
6) HOW CAN I JOIN?
Call our office at +1-320-393-4925 and ask to speak with Pastor David. We do ask that you attend one of our new members’ classes that are offered regularly. We’d love to have you be a part of our family!
7) CAN I TAKE COMMUNION?
Along with the historic Church, our church teaches that not only is bread and wine present in communion, but it is also the true body and blood of Jesus for the forgiveness of sins (Matthew 26:28-28; 1 Corinthians 10:16; 1 Corinthians 11:29).
If you believe that communion is the true body and blood of Christ we welcome you to our table. If you have any questions about our communion policy please contact Pastor David here.
8) DO YOU BAPTIZE INFANTS?
The biblical definition of baptism is a washing away of sins (Acts 22:16), in which a person receives the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38-39), is made new (Titus 3:3-5) and is brought into God’s family (John 3:5). Since baptism is God’s act and not ours, we believe that children of any age can receive the benefits of baptism. So yes, absolutely we baptize infants!
9) DO YOU HAVE CONFIRMATION?
Yes we do. It’s for students in grades 7-8 and meets during the school year. Click here for more information.