You are welcome here!
 
Whether you’re new in town, visiting for the day, or looking for a church home, we’re glad you’re considering a visit to Living Word Lutheran Church.  Pastor Dave says it best, “We’re not the only gig in town,” but we’d love to have you worship with us.  If there is anything you need from us, please let us know.
Connect With Us
 
Physical distancing can be an added challenge for visitors to interact with us.  Don’t let it be!  Whether you’re joining us for the first time, just visiting, looking for a church home or whatever brought you today – we’re glad you’re here!  We want to connect with you.  Please let us know how we can best serve you.
 

These are trying times.  So much has changed in our world.  Through it all these things remain certain and clear: Jesus Christ is Lord!  We need a Savior!  The world needs the Gospel preached, taught and lived out.  We all have a mission together as the church to bring hope, life, and the light of Jesus Christ into this dark world. 

Join us in this important adventure.  God is good.  

 
Visiting once?  Coming back next week? Need to update your contact information? 
Want more information about Living Word? 
Let us know below!
 
 
Call the church office at
(507) 337-9673
 
Information Center
 
When you arrive, be sure to stop by our Information Center to learn about Living Word Lutheran Church and to find out what’s happening in our worship community.
 
Service Times

Join us for indoor Worship Services at 8:00 and 10:30am and Coffee Fellowship at 9:00am each week. Face coverings are required and physical distancing is in place. If you and your family are maintaining distance, we encourage you to attend our 8:00am livestream service that’s also available to watch at a later time on our YouTube channel. Face coverings are required and physical distancing is in place. Occasionally there may be a special event planned at the service such as a baptism or Sunday School kids singing.  Other special services are held during the Lenten and Advent seasons.

Children’s Nursery & Quiet Bags
We love having your children in worship with us but there is a nursery located down the hall past the Sanctuary and kitchen if you should need it. The nursery is typically staffed with a volunteer child care provider if you wish to return to the Worship Service. You are also welcome to remain in the nursery with your child. The Worship Service is available via livestream from the nursery. We also have quiet bags for children hanging on the back wall of the Sanctuary to help keep your little ones occupied during the service. Due to COVID, the nursery is currently not staffed and toys and quite bags have been put away for safety but you are still welcome to use it. 
 
 
Worship Service
Most weeks, our worship music is led by the praise band in the front of the sanctuary.   The music is a mix of mostly contemporary songs and some traditional hymns.  Occasionally we have special music by other talented individuals.  Song lyrics are displayed on overhead screens.
Worship services also have prayer, a Bible based message from the Pastor, worship through tithes and offering, communion, and a final sending song where kids are encouraged to come forward during the last worship song to wave colorful flags as we close out the service.
Communion
Communion is typically served the first Sunday of each month, usually at both services, to anyone who acknowledges being a sinner in need of a Savior and believes that Christ is that Savior who died on the cross for their sins.  We believe in the true presence of Christ in communion, following His words spoken at the Last Supper, “This is My body given for you…this is My blood shed for you…” Luke 22:19-20.  Bread and wine are served at the altar and ushers will dismiss and direct the rows.  Gluten free and grape juice options are available. 
 
 
Offering
After the sermon, those that consider Living Word their church home are given an opportunity to worship the Lord with our tithes and offering.  Offering can be given during the service, or given online through our secure giving.  Guests are welcome to participate in offering but your presence with us is offering enough.
 
Between Services
Coffee fellowship is served at 9:00am through the kitchenette window inside the sanctuary.  Bible education for all ages begins at 9:15am.  Youth education breaks during the summer months.
 
Atmosphere
We have a casual family atmosphere at Living Word.  We are imperfect people serving a perfect God.  You will find our congregation to be warm and friendly, and you will fit right in whether you dress in your Sunday best or if you prefer jeans and a tee shirt.  Feel free to bring your coffee to the service and snacks for your kids.  Bibles are available under the seats for your use, or if you prefer the mobile version on your phone our WiFi password is graceful.
Building
Living Word has on-site parking with driveway entrances from both Hwy 23 and East Southview Court.  The sanctuary, church office and coffee kitchenette are on the main level of the building.  There are bathrooms on the main level just inside the entrance and near the Bible Education rooms.   The building is handicapped accessible with an elevator.  The lower level of the building is home to the large kitchen, dining area, Ignite youth room and additional bathrooms.  
Beyond Sunday Morning
Sunday morning is just the beginning.  We offer ministry and events for everyone.  Whether you are looking for individual discipleship, small group study or family opportunities, we have something for all interests and all ages.  Check out our Ministries tab and follow our Calendar under the More tab to find the right fellowship for you.
We hope to see you soon!