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A person becomes a member of Christ's church through Baptism.  At Advent Lutheran, we baptize infants, children, and adults into the church, which the Bible also calls "the body of Christ".  When a person is baptized at Advent Lutheran, that person also becomes a member of our congregation at that time. 


Infants and young children are baptized if their parents or guardians are members of the congregation and the parents or guardians promise faithfully to bring the child to the worship in God's house, to teach the child the Lord's prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments, to give the child the Holy Scriptures, and to provide for the child's instruction in the Christian faith.  Older children and adults are baptized after a period of instruction by the pastor.

Adults who have already received Christian baptism join our congregation after participation in what we call "The Newcomers' Program".  There are three significant reasons why we ask every incoming member, regardless of your background or current church membership, to participate in the Newcomers' program.


  • We want people to know what they are getting into.  It would be unfortunate if someone joined our church and two months later lamented "I didn't know it was like this."  On the other hand, informed new members are the most likely to be comfortable with the church and enthusiastic about serving Christ through this congregation.
  • The Newcomers' program is an ideal place to begin to meet people and begin to feel at home.
  • This program also gives incoming members an opportunity to get to know the pastor, and gives the pastor an opportunity to become more familiar with you.  We have found that this gives new members more confidence to approach the pastor in the future with joys, concerns, questions, or ideas.

We offer the Newcomers' program as the need arises.

Taking part on the Newcomers' gatherings does not obligate a person to become a member of our church.  We do not want anyone to feel pressured to join.

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