Greetings! We understand that it can be hard to visit a church for the first time. Visitors often have a variety of questions, ranging from what to wear and what services are like, to what to do with their children and how the offering will be handled. Unknown factors can make church seem very intimidating.
With this visitor’s guide we hope to answer some of the questions you may have about our church before you visit. All of us at Emanuel truly want your visit to be relaxed and welcoming, and prove to be an enriching experience. Above all it is our greatest hope that when you visit Emanuel that you will hear about your Savior Jesus, and through his love you will find eternal life.
Thank you for visiting our website and we look forward to meeting you as a guest of our church family very soon!
Yours in our Living Savior,
Emanuel First Lutheran Church Committee for Evangelism
Emanuel First Evangelical Lutheran Church is located on the corner of Capitol Avenue and Kilborn Street, one block north of Oakland Avenue on Capitol.
Our address is:
1001 N. Capitol Ave.
Lansing, MI 48906
Please click here to view our facilities map and familiarize yourself the building.
Sundays at 8:00 & 10:30 a.m.
Wednesdays at 7:00 PM in the chapel
The last Tuesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. in the chapel
Dates and times are flexible, please contact the church office for specific details. This class can be taken to obtain information on the Bible and also for membership at Emanuel.
Every church has its own individual worship style, and we think you’ll find our services very enjoyable. As with any new experience, you should expect to take a Sunday or two to become accustomed to our way of praising God together.
Each week the order of service can be found in the front of our hymnal (the red Christian Worship hymnal) or printed in a worship folder. The weekly readings are provided in our church bulletin or you may follow along using a Bible (also provided in each pew) if you choose.
Our worship services focus on readings from God’s Word, the Bible. Music and singing are important parts of our worship as well, and all our praises are music to the Lord. Emanuel services frequently feature special singing groups which include our Senior and Junior Choirs, our Emanuel Lutheran School children and others.
Our worship services usually include the following parts in a variety of forms:
Additionally we praise our Heavenly Father with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, which are mixed throughout the different parts of the services. During or after some services, our members partake of the Lord’s Supper, also known as Holy Communion. Emanuel First Evangelical Lutheran Church (and all congregations of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod and the Evangelical Lutheran Synod) practice what is called “Close Communion.” For an explanation of this practice please contact Pastor Lindloff.
The Bible presents no dress code, just simple decency and Christian humility, thus Emanuel makes no rules either.
Our members recognize that worship time at church is a special time, and often reflect this in the way they dress. One may dress casually and rejoice that our gracious Lord accepts us as we are, while another may dress to reflect the awe and reverence we have for our Savior.
On any given Sunday at Emanuel you may see tees or ties, denim or suits, sneakers or heels or a combination of the above. When one dresses out of love for their Lord, it is acceptable to both God and to us.
“When will it be taken…how will it be collected…do they want visitors to contribute too?”
God’s Word calms offering worries. In the Apostle Paul’s second letter to the people of Corinth, he tells them that “each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)
Emanuel members give offerings so that our worship may include bringing gifts to God. Our offerings support the work of our congregation as we share the Good News, and give us an opportunity to show our love to Christ.
Our ushers collect our offering gifts in plates during the service, typically shortly following the sermon. As our guest you are not expected to contribute an offering, nor should you feel any pressure to do so. You are however welcome to participate as your heart leads.