The ELCA – or Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – is the national religious body to which St. John’s belongs. Visit the ELCA website for more information about this affiliation of Lutherans in the USA.
Lutherans believe in the Triune God who is loving, forgiving, and nurturing. We believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who died to free us from our sins. And we believe in the Holy Spirit who is active in our lives bringing inspiration and transformation to each of us. For more about what Lutherans believe, take a look at the Statements of Belief of the ELCA.
Yes. We believe that the gifts of God are free. We commune by intinction most of the time. You will be handed bread and will dip it into the cup. The red liquid is wine; the clear liquid is grape juice. To read more about the Sacrament of Communion, visit our Baptism & Holy Communion page.
CHICAGO (ELCA) – In an effort to help contain the Ebola outbreak in Africa, provide food assistance and more, members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) have committed an initial $100,000 as of Sept. 25 to support the response efforts of partners and Lutheran companion churches there.
“Congratulations to my dear friend and colleague Cindy Carroll. Cindy received the Westberg Award for Leadership in Faith Community Nursing from the National Health Ministries Association on Monday evening in Washington DC.”
Each year a group of young people join the scores of others who have gone before them by making a commitment to St. John’s and being confirmed as members of the church. This year there are 5 youth who will make this commitment on Sunday, October 5 at the 9:00 am worship service. In preparation for this service, these young people will share their faith statements with their family and friends at a special event on Friday, October 3.