Did you know than in their ordination vows, your pastors have promised to pray for you, encourage you, and visit you when needed? Sometimes in our busy world, people forget to call the pastors. As a reminder, you can call us, text us, email us, or indicate your desire for connection on the attendance card. Here are some suggestions for very appropriate times to contact us:
You are doing something significant at the hospital. Please tell your pastors when you are having surgery or are sick and are hospitalized. We like to visit and pray with people who are in the hospital. We do visit Queen of Peace most days, but sometimes we may not know you are there unless you call us.
You would like a prayer. We have promised to pray for you in our ordination vows, and are always willing to pray with you about specific things when you have a need. Such prayer is confidential and will not be placed in the Prayers of the Church without your permission.
You are not able to be in Church for an extended period. It’s a big task to keep up with all the comings and goings of our hundreds of members! And yet, we try to notice when someone is missing. If you are out of town for a while, please let us know! Also, if you’re no longer able to come to church due to health or other reasons, let us know. We’d love to bring the Lord’s Supper to you!
You have questions or concerns about something at church. A lot of times, these sorts of issues can be cleared up very quickly.
You or someone you know needs help. Nobody has all the answers to life’s questions, but we do know a lot about where to find some answers! If you are facing a difficult decision, or crisis, or challenging time, let us know!
You are struggling with a spiritual or doctrinal question. Often theological questions arise when talking with friends or co-workers, and we don’t know how to answer them. Your pastors are more than willing to help you think through these questions!
Your conscience is giving you grief. Our loving and merciful Lord does not leave us alone to suffer by ourselves. Distributing the forgiveness of sins is really what the Church is all about! As we learned in the Small Catechism, “before the pastor we should confess only those sins which we know and feel in our hearts.” Such meetings are strictly confidential, and you can have the assurance of God’s forgiveness delivered personally to you!
Your marriage is struggling. Our Lord does not want us to be alone in our struggles! Sometimes couples wait to call the pastor until the problems have grown too large, the differences are irreconcilable, and the divorce papers are signed. Your pastors are both willing to lend a non-critical ear, pray for you, and point you in the right direction.
You are planning a marriage. Both of our pastors like to spend a significant amount of time with you preparing for your marriage. Sometimes, a couple sets a date and a location for a wedding long before they have included the pastors in those discussions. Please contact one of the pastors early in your engagement!
Someone you know has died. Our pastors have the unique privilege of shepherding our families as a loved one is dying or has died. Whenever possible, we like to be there for as much of that process as we can. You may call us – day or night – to join you at a death bed. And it works best if we can also join you at the funeral home to make arrangements for the funeral.
You are having a baby, or want to talk about a baptism. There are few joys greater than anticipating the birth of your child. Along with the many plans you make for the upcoming birth, don’t forget the church! Talk to the pastors about setting a date for your baptism, they enjoy talking with you about God’s gift of Baptism.
You are interested in becoming a member of the congregation. We teach Adult Instruction classes on an as-needed basis, and are always overjoyed to do so! Let us know if you are interested and we’ll talk about the process!