Why Join A Church?
Joining a church says to the public you are a Christian, that you are a member of God’s own people, who are called ” a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation” (1 Peter 2:9), and that you believe and act as a witness to the Christian faith. It also means that you are doing what the very first Christians did in joining together to devote themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer (Acts 2:42). It means that you will be able to receive the encouragement, strength, prayers, baptism, the Lord’s Supper and the application of God’s Word from fellow Christians and a pastor.
How Do I Join OSLC?
Individuals interested in church membership should contact the Church Office. A brief visit between a pastor and those desiring to join will determine the best route toward membership. Depending upon previous faith background, individuals may need to take a short course on Lutheran-Christianity and it’s teachings before membership. These classes are offered a few times each year.
Members may be received as children (baptized), communicant-nonvoting members, or as communicant- voting members.
Reception of children (non-communicant membership):
Children are received as members:
1) through Baptism with the consent of one or both member parents;
2) In the case of children who have been Baptized in another Christian congregation, their membership is concurrent with that of their member parents.
Note: In either case, children will receive instruction and the Rite of Confirmation;
If you are interested in having your child baptized, please contact the Church Office. If this is your first child to be baptized at OSLC, a short meeting with a pastor is required.
Reception of communicant members:
Communicant members are received:
1) Through transfer from a sister Lutheran congregation (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod or churches in fellowship with the LCMS);
2) through “profession of faith” or “reaffirmation of faith” as per the pastors’ review and blessing. These members are of age, faith, and understanding so as to receive the Lord’s Supper. The reception shall be approved by the Board of Elders.
3) Baptized members of OSLC become communicant members through confirmation instruction and the Rite of Confirmation.
If you are interested in membership, please contact the Church Office.
Reception of voting members:
Communicant members who have reached the age of 18 years may be received as voting members upon signing the constitution.
Members of the congregation shall endeavor, with God’s help, to conform their entire lives to the rule of God’s Word, and to that end make diligent use of the means of grace, exercise faithful stewardship of God’s many gifts and talents, impart and accept fraternal admonition as the need of such admonition becomes apparent, and be readily available for services in the kingdom of Christ within and beyond the congregation.