SUNDAY SCHEDULE

8:45 am - Sunday School

10:00 am - Worship

11:00 - Coffee Fellowship

We Believe

Martin Luther 

Lutheranism resulted from the Protestant Reformation in Germany which was begun by Martin Luther in 1517.  Luther, a German monk, realized there were significant differences between what he read in the Bible and what he saw practiced in the medieval Roman Catholic church.  His goal was to reform the  church, but instead, he was excommunicated.  Luther and his followers, who adopted the name of  Lutherans, used his teachings to begin the Lutheran church.

Of the various branches of Lutherans in America, TCLC is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the largest Lutheran body in the USA.  The Lutheran Church as a whole is the second largest protestant denomination in the world.

ELCA Lutherans believe in:

1.  The Triune God - the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

2.  The Bible - both Old and New Testaments as the sole source of revelation from God.  We consider the Bible to be God's inspired word.

3.  Grace  - We are saved by the grace of God, not by anything we do.

4.  Faith  - Our salvation is through our faith in God and the saving grace of Christ's death.

5.  Scripture  - All teachings of the church are based on the Bible.

ELCA Lutherans recognize:

1.  Two sacraments - Baptism (of infants and all ages) and Holy Communion (all are welcome).

2.  The Apostles Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed as declarations of our faith.

3.  Full communion with the Episcopal Church, the Moravian Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA), the Reformed Church in America, the United Church of Christ, and the United Methodist Church.

ELCA Lutherans practice:

1.  God's work. Our hands.  This philosophy of the ELCA guides our daily lives as we do God's work together.   If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: old things are passed away; behold, all things are new.    2 Corinthians 5:17

2.  A warm welcome to people of any race, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, and ability.  Welcome one another therefore as Christ has welcomed you.    Romans 15:7

3.  Compassion, mercy, and social involvement, as we consider life's complexities and challenges in the light of both God's word and God's world, and the relationship between the two.   and what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God?     Micah 6:8