What We Believe
Founded in 1919, the congregation of the East Side Lutheran Church has grown to nearly 2,000 members. Continue reading to learn about our core values and what it means to be Lutheran.
What Does It Mean to Be Lutheran?
Grace Alone is at the core of who we are as a congregation. We are centered in a Lutheran understanding of the Christian faith in which God’s life-giving, saving grace is offered freely in Jesus Christ.
What Do We Believe About the Bible?
We are grounded in the Bible as God’s inspired and living Word. We are called by the Holy Spirit to faith through this Good News in the Bible. With empowerment and being sent to share and live out God’s grace in our daily lives, we are called by the Holy Spirit to participate in God’s mission to redeem the world. Doing this by engaging in and sustaining relevant ministries in our neighborhood and our faith community, such participation enhances our lives and the lives of others as we grow together as disciples of Jesus Christ.
What Is Our Style of Worship?
Worship is the one, unique and essential activity of the church. While scripture reading, preaching, and the sacrament of Holy Communion are central in ALL our worship services, they do differ in style.
East Side Lutheran Church invites all baptized Christians who believe in the real presence of Jesus Christ to participate regularly in Holy Communion. Participation in the Lord’s Supper is the reception of the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ given with bread and wine, given and shed for you for the remission of sins’ and instituted by Christ himself for us to eat and drink. (Luther’s Small Catechism)
Preparation for Holy Communion will be provided for persons as young as ten years of age or in the fifth grade.