Welcome

Living in the Word that declares God Creator of ALL, that announces Jesus’gracious coming for ALL, that promises the Spirit will be poured out on ALL, we invite ALL to worship with us in God’s loving presence.

All means ALL!
All races, all national backgrounds,
all economic levels, all educational levels,
all gender identities, all sexual orientations,
all political leanings, all differently-abled people in mind and in body,
all who are wise and all who are confused,
all who live here and all who are passing through,
all who are religious and all who are seeking,
all who are far off and all who are near,
all who have found love and all who have lost it,
all who are settled and all who are questioning,
all who celebrate this welcome statement and all who fear it,
all who desire to be reconciled in Christ’s love.
ALL are welcome in this place!

Our Pastor

Pastor Shelley Simmont : Email

Pastor Shelley SimmontShelley Simmont has always had many interests and became a pastor after dabbling in engineering, math education, and social work a little. Upon graduating from Texas Lutheran University with a BA in Psychology, she thought she would get a Masters degree in School Psychology or Social Work. She worked as a Child Abuse Prevention Educator working for the Family Crisis Center in Bastrop immediately after college. It was there she discovered a need for the Gospel message of love and peace to be shared to those suffering from abuse. A couple of years later, she found herself in Gettysburg, PA, attending seminary. Her passion to share Christ’s love and peace to all people has only grown over the years. She is also passionate about spending time with her family: spouse, Matthew and their children, Caleb and Lydia. Camping is her favorite way to do this when possible.

What We Believe

As Lutheran Christians, our unity is seen when we gather around the Word and the Sacraments.

The Bible is a library, a collection of many books by many authors, written in different times and places for different readers. The Bible is God’s word, but it isn’t the only thing God ever said. We believe Jesus Christ is the Word of God as well, the Word made flesh, made human, to dwell among us. We look to Jesus as the living Word of God to discover even more about who God is and how we are to be God’s people. We believe God has more and newer words for us today, as the Living Word is still working in our stories through the Holy Spirit.

Sacraments are the means of grace by which God’s love comes to us in a tangible way. They are God’s YES to us, the way God brings us into community with God, with one another, and with all the faithful around the world. Baptism is God choosing, claiming, and naming us as God’s own, once for all. In Holy Communion God reminds us that God’s love is greater than life or death; that nothing can separate us from God’s love; that God saves us no matter what. We believe Christ is truly present in this holy meal, so we truly receive Christ and the tangible love of God, bringing forgiveness and new life, when we commune.

Our congregation enjoys much diversity, but we cling to God’s love made known to us through Word and Sacrament that we share.

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