Visiting and Joining St. John's

Welcome Guests!

We would be delighted to have you worship with us!  Our congregation consists of people like you from every part of our nation — people seeking a sense of belonging and an opportunity for worship, growth and fellowship.  May you find grace and blessing in the time we spend together.

  • We are a member congregation of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) and regularly welcome guests from sister congregations around the country as they visit our nation's captial.
  • Expect a warm welcome at our Welcome Center as you enter the building, where you can find printed information about our church.  We know visiting a church for the first time can be intimidating.  Greeters will shake hands with you in the narthex and can answer questions before you enter the sanctuary.
  • A staffed nursery is available for younger children during worship at the Sunday morning services; ask any usher for the location.  All children are welcome - wiggles and all - during service.  During our children's message, children will be asked to come forward to the altar to hear a message especially for them, after which they rejoin their parents in the pews.
  • Coffee is available in the narthex (the "lobby" area outside the sanctuary) following the worship service. Please join us for conversation and fellowship!
  • A guest registry is available at the entrance of the sanctuary, or you may fill in an information card (in the pew rack), along with our members, and put it into the offering plate. Let us know that you visited with us. (You may want to fill in the card right away after you are seated. You may not have enough time to fill it in after the pastor reminds us to fill in the card before the offering is received!)
  • A prayer request sheet is also available at the entrance to the sanctuary. Please fill in your requests before you enter church so that the sheet may be taken to the pastor at the beginning of the service.
  • If you are hearing impaired, a portable personal listening device is available from an usher.
  • The church is handicap accessible: numerous reserved parking spaces are available, the main entry doors are equipped with an automated opener, and an elevator provides access to the floors in the education building.

Taking Communion

Lutheran Christians believe and teach that in the Sacrament of the Altar, the gifts of Christ's true body and blood are given to those who receive the bread and wine. In this sacrament, Christ's people receive forgiveness of sins, strength for our journey of faith, and a foretaste of the heavenly banquet.  All who have been baptized into Christ's death and resurrection, and who trust His words that these gifts are given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins, are invited to receive the Sacrament.  (Glasses of white grape juice are placed at the center of each individual glass tray to those unable to consume wine.)

Young children who do not receive the Sacrament may come forward for a blessing, crossing their arms over their chest to indicate they will not receive Communion. Children in the 5th Grade (or at least 10 years old) may attend the Early Communion class offered each spring.

Joining St. John's

Several times a year, our congregation offers a "Discipleship 101" course for all those interested in learning more about what it means to be a disciple of our Lord here at St. John's.  At the conclusion of the course, we welcome new members into our fellowship.  Please contact one of the pastors for additional information, or if you have any questions.