What we confess

We believe in one God: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. Amen!

As believers in the one holy catholic and apostolic Church, we confess that Jesus Christ became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, lived among us, gave us the graces of the sacraments, was crucified, died, and was buried. On the third day he rose from the dead and, therefore, conquered death and the devil! All who are baptized in the name of Christ are therefore baptized into his death and resurrection! Alleluia!!

We believe that God continues to be present among us, as the Body of Christ on earth. Christ is present in the Holy Sacraments: 

  • in Holy Communion where we are nourished by His Body and Blood through the bread and wine.
  • in Baptism where our old selves die and we rise up out of the water a new creation, clothed in the righteousness of Jesus.

What are Lutherans?

Lutheran Christians believe that we are part of the one holy catholic and apostolic church. This means that along with Orthodox, Roman Catholics, Anglicans, and other Christians, that our foundation dates back to Jesus Christ and his apostles. In the early 16th century, an Augustinian monk and Old Testament scholar named Father Martin Luther wrestled with the questions of a loving God in the midst of a corrupt ecclesial and governmental institution (the Church at the time). Once Luther returned to the real sources that mattered (scripture) he (re)discovered what early Church theologians like St. Paul and St. Augustine had preached all along: Justification by grace through faith. This means that we are saved (made right/justified) from our sinful self and world by God's free gift (grace) through the faith given to us in relationship with God. 

This theological insight sparked the Reformation. 

The Wittenberg University became the center of the movement to bring the church back to the sources and end its abuses against the people. People then as now believe that this movement would have caused a sect to form within Roman Catholicism, similar to the Jesuits, or Franscicans. Tragically, all those who took a stand with Luther were excommunicated by Pope Leo X. Throughout the last five centuries there has been magnificent effort from both Lutherans and Roman Catholics as well as Orthodox Christians to work toward unity including apologies, documents of unity (Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, 1999) and (Joint Declaration of Pope Francis and Bishop Munib Younan, 2017). We believe that the Book of Concord, a collection of our confessions, is consistent with teachings from Scripture and it is our norm and authority. 

Of course, there are many stereotypes of Lutherans, especially here in the midwest! This is because all of the Scandinavian countries had Lutheranism as their state religion and many brought their religion with them to this country. If you would like to study Lutherans in their natural habitats, listen to Prairie Home Companion, go to a beer hymn sing, watch this video, or join us for coffee and bars after worship!

Church organization

We are members of the Evangelical Lutheran in America (ELCA) under the leadership of our Presiding Bishop Rev.  Dr. Bishop Elizabeth Eaton. Click here to go to the churchwide website: https://www.elca.org/

The ELCA has 65 synods. We are part of the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin and our bishop is the Rev. Bishop Laurie Skow-Anderson. Click here to go to the Synod website: nwswi.org/

The ELCA is part of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. The LWF is the global communion of Lutheran churches and it is overseen by Rev. Dr. Archbishop Musa Filibus. Click here to go to the LWF website: https://www.lutheranworld.org/

Each congregation has their own elected council and the parish board is made up of equal representation from both congregations.