We understand the intimidation that many feel when visiting a new church. We want you to feel completely comfortable when you visit, so we've answered some common questions below. If you have any additional questions, don't hesitate to contact us by phone (903-249-7423) or using the Contact Us link at the top of our site.
When are services?
Sunday Services are at 8:15 am and 10:45 am.
During the 10:45 service, we offer Children's Church, with special activities for children aged four years through sixth grade.
Between services, you have other options:
Adult Education classes (where students in high school are welcome!)
Fellowship (and snacks) in the narthex
What should I wear?
We want you to feel comfortable. We are thrilled that you're joining us and want you to be more focused on the service than what you're wearing. It's not uncommon to see people wearing khakis or jeans. Others prefer to still put on their "Sunday best," and that's fine too! We think you'll fit in no matter how you dress.
How do I get to First Lutheran Church?
First Lutheran Church is located at 3901 Bill Owens Parkway – at the corner of Bill Owens and Hawkins Parkways. Click the footer directions via Google Maps.
Where should I park?
If you enter the parking lot from Hawkins Parkway, you'll notice a portico with parking to the left. In this area, we have some designated Visitor parking spots for you to park. Or park anywhere there is a space! The doors under the portico lead you right to the narthex (church slang for foyer) and sanctuary.
If you enter the parking lot from Bill Owens Parkway, we recommend you following the parking lot around to the side of the church with the portico for ease of entering the sanctuary.
Where do my children go?
We welcome your children to sit with you in church. During the 10:45 service, we offer Children's Church, which is worship / learning / activity time for children from age 4 through 6th grade. After the opening hymn, children are dismissed to go to Children's Church with their adult leaders.
Am I expected to put money in the offering?
Like many Christians, our members present offerings to God through their church. Since offerings are gifts for the love of God, no one dictates what each person shall give. We pass an offering plate during the service so that our worship may include bringing gifts to our Lord. (Worshippers can use offering envelopes to keep gifts private).
Children often give change or bills their parents give them. Someone may give cash or write a check. Whichever way, we are remembering Jesus and giving gifts out of love for him.
You are not required to put money in the offering plate. However, we ask you to prayerfully consider giving to First Lutheran. You can give by check or cash during the service, or you can set-up an online giving account. If we have your address, you will receive a receipt for gifts to the church at the end of the year for tax purposes.
I have hearing and/or visual problems. Is there any special assistance?
For those who are hearing impaired, we have special hearing devices that you can wear that will allow you to control the volume. If you think this would be beneficial to you, pick one up at the Sound Booth in the rear of the sanctuary.
For those who are visually impaired, we offer large print bulletins. (Request one from an usher as you enter. They have plenty.) First Lutheran also has projection screens in the sanctuary, so you can follow the service on large screens if you want.
What are your services like?
First Lutheran offers traditional services with a modern twist. The traditional order of service contains the following:
Public forgiveness of sins
Readings from the Bible
Statement of faith (commonly, the Apostles Creed or the Nicene Creed)
Prayers for the church
At times, we may include additional elements, but these are clearly identified in the bulletin.
At each service, we celebrate Holy Communion with an open communion table. Anyone who believes that Jesus Christ was sent by God to die for our sins is welcome to commune.
What if my child is noisy?
We welcome all children to attend our services. If you feel uncomfortable with your child's noise level, we offer a staffed nursery. An usher can direct you to the nursery.
Should I go up for communion?
All who believe that Christ is present in the bread and wine are welcome to receive communion. Grape juice is available for those desiring it, as well as gluten free hosts. If you would like to go up to receive a blessing during communion, simply cross your arms in front of your chest when the bread and wine are offered.