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First Visit FAQ's

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Below you will find information or links to help you get to know us a little bit better. If you have any further questions, call us at 1-775-267-3680.

Where to park

We have  parking on the south, east and west side of the building.  There is also plenty of handicap parking directly in front of the entrance with a ramp to ease entry.

What should I wear

When you enter a worship service at Shepherd of the Sierra you’ll instantly notice the diversity in what people wear. Wear something in which you can be “you.” There is no dress code at Shepherd however many choose to put on their “Sunday Best” for worship. Our only request? Out of respect for others, please dress in a way that is appropriate for a Sunday morning rather than a Friday night.

What about child care?

At this time, we do not offer child care but we do have a room with a view of the Sanctuary audio of the service so you wont miss out on the service.  We are looking for qualified volunteers to help us offer child care.

Will I be able to follow along with the service

Yes!  Each of our services provides a bulletin with the order of worship and the music for the songs so that you can participate in the worship experience.  At times we will use our hymnal to sing or to follow along during worship.

Should I Give at Offering?

This is an opportunity in our service for us to be able to give back to God out of what He has first given to us.  We do not expect visitors to participate unless they too are moved to express thankfulness to God for what He has done.

What is Communion all about and should I participate?

During Holy Communion , we are acknowledging our sinfulness and through the Sacrament are receiving forgiveness of sins and spiritual nourishment . We believe the the real presence of the body and Blood of Jesus Christ are received in, with and under the bread and wine in Holy Communion. If this is your faith and confession, we welcome you to join us at the Lord’s Table. 

How do  I participate in Communion?

We receive Holy Communion at the altar rail if you are able. Our ushers will guide you up from your pew. When you have reached the rail you kneel when the Pastor or Elder invites you too.  Hold your cupped hands out to receive the Host. If you need, ask the Pastor or elder to serve you a gluten free host. For the wine choose your own cup. Non-alcoholic wine is in the center of the tray.

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What is Lutheranism all about?

Please read the attached  Bethany Bullet by Pr Kritzer from Bethany Lutheran Church in Long Beach Ca. about Martin Luther, the Reformation and Lutheranism.

Any other questions?

We’d love to connect with you with any questions that you have before your first visit with us.  Drop us a note. We’d be happy to answer your questions. If you have questions once you arrive you can speak with any of our fabulous ushers or greeters.

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