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.
A trip to the first floor of our Education Wing is really all the evidence that is needed to prove a key mission and ministry priority of St. John’s: we are a family church. Starting with a photo dating back to 1902, photographs of young confirmands through the decades prove not only our strong commitment to the Lutheran tradition of Confirmation, but also show our lasting and substantial commitment to the spiritual formation of our families!
Greetings! I am Pastor Jon Haug, and my family and I are excited to meet you soon. My wife, Kara, and I dreamed of returning to California where we fell in love. We just assumed we would be retired and driving a Winnebago. But God had other plans for us…