Some Common Questions

Some Common Questions

Here are some commonly asked questions about Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. If you have other questions or would like to speak with someone the church, please contact us today.

I haven’t been to church in a long time. Is it okay for me to come?

You bet! In fact, we welcome all people Christian and non-Christian, even if you have never been to a church service before. Every week, people visit Prince of Peace from all walks of life for the first time. Our worship services are easy to follow and don’t require that you have any past church experience.

Do I have to be a Lutheran to come to Prince of Peace?

Not at all. It is not necessary for you to be a Lutheran to come to Prince of Peace. We are open to all people seeking to grow in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Being Lutheran isn’t nearly as important as simply having a heart to seek Christ. If you want to learn more about Lutheran doctrine, that’s an option. But it’s certainly not a requirement for attending.

What about membership at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church?

We encourage membership for those who desire to formally align with the mission, values, vision, and beliefs of our congregation. While participation in most activities and many volunteer roles is available to anyone, there are some positions that are reserved for those who have aligned themselves with the church through membership. Membership is a simple, four-step process.

  • First, inform the Pastor or a lay minister of your desire for membership.
  • Next, submit a New Member Record Form for church membership along with a transfer of membership (if applicable).
  • Then, have a casual, informal visit with Pastor Haugen about your desires and goals as a member.
  • Finally, be introduced to the congregation on New Member Sunday.

Is there a dress code? What should I wear?

Wear what you feel is comfortable and appropriate. We do not have a dress code and we certainly wouldn’t want you to worry about this! Some people wear jeans and t-shirt, while others come in “business casual” attire. Some people prefer to dress up, while others prefer to dress down. We are more concerned about your heart and your needs than we are about your clothing.

Is there something for my kids?

Sunday School Opening and Classes – 9:15AM  (between Sunday services)
Children of all ages can find their age appropriate classes, to learn about the word of God and how it affects us every day.  (In session September to June), plus ongoing Milestone events during the year.

Middle & High School Bible Study
Sunday Mornings at 9:15 am and regular youth service and fellowship events, retreats, etc.  Plus ongoing Milestone events during the year.

What if I want to receive Holy Communion (The Lord’s Supper)?

First things first: Jesus said in Matthew 26:26-30, “Take and eat, this is my body… Drink from this cup all of you, this is my blood;” not, “this represents my body” or “this symbolizes my blood.”  Baptized adult Christians who believe in the Real Presence of Christ’s body and blood, and know they need God’s daily forgiveness, who are sorry for their sins and seek God’s forgiveness, are invited to share this great gift of God with us. Jesus called us to celebrate Holy Communion until he returns so that we may have forgiveness of sins, strengthening of faith, and the power to live God-pleasing lives. It is His meal and we come at His invitation.

If you have doubts, concerns or do not understand our beliefs about the Lord’s Supper, please feel free to connect with Pastor Haugen at pastor@princeofpeacelc.org.  Gluten-free wafers are available, and white grape juice in the inner ring of the Communion tray for those who prefer it over wine.

I’m struggling with some personal problems. Is help available?

Yes. Many people, including Christians, face challenges in their personal and family lives. These can include addictions, marital problems, financial crises, abuse, depression, and divorce, deaths of loved ones, physical trauma and emotional problems. We want to support you and encourage healing in your life however possible. It is admirable and courageous to recognize that you need support in sorting out life’s difficulties. Please contact the church office to get in touch with our Care Ministry.

How do I get involved?

The opportunities are endless. Perhaps you want to get involved in Bible study or join a Small Group or a Ministry Team. Maybe you simply want to see where you can volunteer or what’s available for your children or teens. Upcoming events would also give you the chance to fellowship with other believers. Check out our “Get Connected” section for more information, or call the office at (503) 645-1211.