All Are Welcome!
In the Spirit of Jesus, we affirm diversity in the Body of Christ as a gift from God, including all ages, races, abilities, religious and denominational backgrounds, gender identities and expressions, and sexual orientations. Advent is a Reconciling in Christ congregation.
As a congregation that has committed to offer sanctuary, we trust in God embracing all of us regardless of ethnic or national identity, citizenship status, legal standing, or criminal history.
Weekly worship at Advent Lutheran is a vibrant experience, engaging our passions and concerns and faithful pondering, yet in a fairly casual setting with the sounds of children constantly bubbling around us. Our worship is enriched by a wide variety of volunteer musicians on piano, guitars, handchimes, congas, tambourine, flute, banjo, and vocals.
Services at Advent generally follow the historic liturgy of the church, and Advent uses a wide variety of liturgies for worship: both new and “classic” settings from the Evangelical Lutheran Worship hymnal, including the Spanish of setting 7, Now the Feast and Celebration by Marty Haugen, the Earthkeeping liturgy by Dakota Road, Heartland by Jonathan Rundman, the old favorite Chicago Folk Mass, plus some of our own creations, like the African Song celebration (with drumming), a setting composed by our own Tom Hind, a Creation-oriented liturgy, one built around materials from the Iona Community, and more.
Also about once a month, we share worship services with our partner congregation, Community of Hope UCC. These services are typically a blend of styles and formats and may include Holy Week services, Lenten and summer outdoor midweek worship, festivals for Confirmation and celebrating Sunday School students, the “God’s Work. Our Hands” day of service, ecumenical occasions, and more.
In preparation for worship…
During this time, we are especially conscious of our bodies in worship. Please remember to maintain 6-foot distancing from others who are not in your “pod.” You are welcome to share the peace with waves, bows, and other non-contact greetings. Enjoy visiting with others outdoors after the service.
More generally, we stand and sit in worship for both theological and human reasons. You are welcome to join in body and spirit however is best for you. Stand, sit, laugh, cry, clap, reflect, and participate in whatever way you need today.
We appreciate the gift of seeing God through our children. Families can decide where and how they would like participation for their children. Tables have activities related to worship, and a book shelf has other options. A staffed nursery for those under 5 is also available downstairs.
Large Print Bulletins and hearing assistance devices are on the table outside the center doors. Bible reading/coloring sheets and hymn sheets are on the music stand inside the center doors.
More information and a guest book are near the welcome center. The website includes current worship schedules, or contact Administrative Secretary Kaisa Miller in the office (kaisa@theMCC.net) for weekly news emails. You can also contact her for a nametag. And our pastor is always grateful to hear from you!
All-gender bathrooms are located near the kitchen and on the lower level, or you are welcome to use the bathroom that is closest to your gender identity.
The Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Program is for congregations and other Lutheran organizations. Lutheran communities that publicly welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people by having a statement affirming this (specifically welcoming people of all sexual orientations and gender identities) are accepted onto the Reconciling in Christ Roster, which now exceeds 700 settings. For more information, visit http://www.reconcilingworks.org/
Besides our partnership with Community of Hope UCC, Advent Lutheran is connected to the larger Lutheran church body. We are one of 138 congregations of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin (https://scsw-elca.org/), which is one of 65 synods or regional bodies in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (https://elca.org/). The ELCA also stands in relationships with the Lutheran World Federation (https://www.lutheranworld.org/). Though Advent has much of its own character, you could still learn more about us by exploring those pages for our broader relationships and larger ministry of Lutherans.