1. So- who are you folks, any way?
We are your friends, neighbors and co-workers here in Carroll County gathered around God’s Holy Word and Sacraments. We come seeking God’s love and seeking ways to share that love in a world that needs it.

2. No, really, who are you?
If you are looking for official type answers, we are a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and part of the Delaware-Maryland Synod.

3. What do you folks believe?
In God.

4. Could you be more specific?
Yes. We confess the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This congregation confesses Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Word of God incarnate, through whom everything was made and through whose life, death, and resurrection God fashions a new creation.

5. Could you say something more about this Word of God?
The proclamation of God’s message to us as both Law and Gospel is the Word of God, revealing judgment and mercy through word and deed, beginning with the Word in creation, continuing in the history of Israel, and centering in all its fullness in the person and work of Jesus Christ.

6. So, do you all, like, believe in the Bible?
Maybe a better way to describe it would be to say we believe through the Bible. We believe that the canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the written Word of God. Inspired by God’s Spirit speaking through their authors, they record and announce God’s revelation centering in Jesus Christ. Through them God’s Spirit speaks to us to create and sustain Christian faith and fellowship for service in the world.

7. Is that all you guys believe in (or through)?
Well, no. As Lutheran Christians and part of the catholic (that is to say the church of all times and every place) we accept the Apostles’ Creed, Nicene Creed, and Athanasian Creed as true declarations of the faith of this congregation. These Creeds were developed in the early life of the Church to address various issues.

8. So what makes you Lutheran?
Good question! A love of coffee . No, what makes us Lutheran is our faithfulness to a number of offical teachings that developed during the Lutheran Reformation of the 16th Century. Martin Luther and the other Reformers wanted to make sure that people always remembered that it was through God’s Grace (which is to say his unmerited love for us) that we are made right with God.

9. Well, what are those documents?
Since you asked, this congregation accepts the Unaltered Augsburg Confession as a true witness to the Gospel, acknowledging as one with it in faith and doctrine all churches that likewise accept the teachings of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession. This congregation accepts the other confessional writings in the Book of Concord, namely, the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, the Smalcald Articles and the Treatise, the Small Catechism, the Large Catechism, and the Formula of Concord, as further valid interpretations of the faith of the Church.

10. If I had a prayer request, would you all pray for me?
YES! If you have a prayer request for yourself, or someone else, please contact Sandy Miller, Director of Worship.