Will I have to sign anything or stand up if I come for the first time?
No. Please visit, relax, enjoy, mingle, and get a feel of what this community is like. Ushers, elders, and members will be available to offer you information packets at worship, should you so choose. You are invited to visit our welcome area on Sunday mornings to request information, to speak to someone about GLC’s ministries, and to receive a gift as a guest. You can also request more information by completing our worship attendance card or by contacting the church office. We want your visit to be warm and inviting, and above all, an opportunity for you to explore.
What is the attire for your worship services?
Our goal for worship is to spend time in God's Word through song and praise, expressing respect for God's house in all that we say and do. That said, we have no required attire for service. Come as you are prepared to worship!
Who attends this church?
An amazing mix of religious backgrounds, cultures, and life-stages are all represented at GLC. We gather each weekend to explore, grow in, and celebrate the blessing of life through Jesus Christ.
Where is Greenhaven Lutheran theologically?
Greenhaven Lutheran Church is a congregation that holds to the Bible as the true Word of God, and that is founded upon the Bible as the source and norm of all doctrine and practice. It is a Gospel-focused, Christ-centered church that adheres to the basic tenets of traditional Christianity. The congregation is a member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and supports the doctrinal teachings of our denomination.
Can I receive communion at GLC?
The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod believes the Biblical teaching that in communion we receive the true body and blood of Jesus Christ with the bread and wine for the forgiveness of sins. If you are a baptized Christian who has been instructed in the Biblical teaching of communion, and if you agree with our confession of faith, please feel free to commune with us. If you have any questions, please make an appointment to talk with the pastor.
What's your purpose as a congregation, and what commitments do I need to make if I join?
Our mission statement, rooted in God's Word, especially as we find it in the Great Commission of Matthew 28:18, is as follows:
Greenhaven Lutheran is a community of believers sharing the love of Christ with those yet to know Him as Savior, among those who know Him and desire to grow in Him, through those who seek to serve His name.
As a forgiven child of God, and with sincere intent to strengthen and grow your faith, each member of GLC promises to participate in the mission of Greenhaven Lutheran Church through the following FAITH foundation:
Fellowship with God - Completing new membership classes and participating in ongoing growth as a follower of Jesus.
Attending Worship - Attending worship services and receiving the Lord's Supper regularly.
Involvement in Ministry - Finding a place to serve God and His people at GLC.
Tithing - Financially supporting the ministry of GLC, making a tithe (10%) a minimum goal.
Honor - Living a Spirit-led life of purity, accountability with others, and witnessing for Christ.
Explore our website and feel free to contact us if you would like more information!
There you are sitting in worship or Bible study. Your child, or toddler, is restless. Perhaps they’re even a little boisterous. You try to silence them, and nothing. You try to pacify them with food or toys, and nothing. Eventually, you resort to the last thing you wanted to do: you pick them up, and before a watching audience, you make the march out of the sanctuary. All the while, you’re a little embarrassed. Maybe you’re a little frustrated too. You might even think to yourself, “There’s no point in coming to church. I get nothing out of it because I have to constantly care for my kid.”
I want you — you mothers and/or fathers — to know just how encouraging you are to so many. The little elderly woman who often sits alone beams with a smile at the sight of you wrestling with your little one. She’s been there before. She knows how hard it can be, but she smiles because to hear that brings back precious memories. To see young parents and their small children brighten her day, and she may have just received bad news this week about her health, but seeing the vitality of young ones removes — if but for a moment — her fears.
The older man who always seems to be grouchy notices you too. He’s always talking about how children in this day have no respect or sense of good. But, he sees you — a young family — in church, and you don’t miss any gathering. Like clockwork, he can depend on the sight of you and your young family. You give him hope that maybe the church isn’t doomed after all, because there are still young parents who love God enough to bring their restless children to worship.
The family who’s unable to have children notice you too. They’d love to be in your shoes, but for whatever reasons, they are unable to bear children. They’ve thought about adopting, but they’re not sure if that’s what they want to do or if they will keep on trying to have children of their own. They’d love to talk to you for a little while about the joys of your children. They need you.
Then there’s everybody else. Some people will honestly become frustrated by noisy children in church. They have this warped idea that reverence includes absolute silence. It doesn’t. When parents brought their children to Jesus, the disciples rebuked them (Matt. 19.13-15), but Jesus rebuked His disciples. He said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” The term translated “children” in Matthew and Mark is paidon. The root of the word “pedagogue” is from this word. It defined children of either an infant state, or more particularly, it was with reference to those who were half-grown and could be either males or females.
When Luke wrote his account of this narrative, he used the word brephos; which means “infants.” Luke wasn’t contradicting Matthew and Mark’s account, because Luke wrote that they brought the infants “also” (Luke 18.15-17). They would have squirmed, maybe even cried. This was likely why the disciples rebuked the parents; as well as that they might have thought that the children were too young to understand the blessing Christ pronounced over them.
Bring your children to church. If you don’t hear crying, the church is dying. As hard as it might be for you as a parent who’s half-asleep, keep on doing what you’re doing. You are an encouragement, and you’re starting off your children’s lives as you should. Your Pastor and your church family love the sounds of your children because we are one family under God.