A Home for Your Heart
Even if you grew up in the church, finding a church home can be difficult. It's even harder if you are just beginning to explore what it means to be a Christian. Regardless of where you are in your journey, we hope you will consider Richland Lutheran Church as a possible church home. Let us know when you plan to visit. We will make sure someone is there to greet you, show you around, and answer your questions. Use the form to the right to introduce yourself. We are eager to help you find a home for your heart.
Frequently Asked Questions
To make your first visit to Richland Lutheran Church more enjoyable, here is some information we hope you will find helpful.
•What can I expect at worship?
Even if you have never been to church, you will be able to follow along quite easily since our entire service is printed out in special booklet every week. Our church honors the authority of Scripture, so you will hear a lesson from the Old Testament, a Psalm, a lesson from the New Testament, and a special reading from a Gospel. You may also notice that the words in our worship service come from Scripture or are based upon it. The pastor's message (sermon) applies the Scripture to our daily lives. Services last about an hour.
•When are the worship services?*
On Sunday morning, services are at 8:30 and 11 AM, and there is also an evening service at 5:00 p.m. During Lent, services are held on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m.
* The worship schedule sometimes changes during the summer months or for other special circumstances. Please call the church to confirm the schedule (509-943-3164).
Sunday school for children ages 3 through adult is available between services from 9:45 - 10:45 AM.
•What about Holy Communion?
Holy Communion is celebrated at all regular worship services on Sundays. All baptized Christians, fifth grade and older, who believe Christ is truly present in Holy Communion and desire His assurance of forgiveness are welcome to receive the sacrament.
•What's available for children during services?
Nursery care is provided on Sunday morning (during both services and the Sunday school hour), at Lenten services, and at congregational events.
Another option for parents with children not ready to sit all the way through a service is the Cry Room located in the narthex. It is a special room equipped with a soundproof window, speakers, rocking chairs, and activities for children. Parents are still able to see and hear the service while their little ones are occupied.
Children age 4 through third grade are invited to go to Children's Church to have their own worship experience during the sermon at both the 8:30 and 11:00 AM services. They will go, with a leader, to Room 5 in the preschool wing and return to the service during the offering.
•How accessible is your church and other facilities?
The church has made many improvements and modifications over the years that make it accessible for most people with limited mobility. Special parking spaces are available near the parking lot entrance to the church, and we have restroom facilities that are wheelchair accessible. On the east side of the narthex, a door is equipped with an automatic opening device. Simply push the large silver button, and the door will automatically open. Adult Sunday school classes are taught in rooms on the ground floor. However, at this time children and teenager's classrooms are not wheelchair accessible.
•What is required to have a wedding at your church?
Before any wedding plans can be made, all couples must first meet with one of our pastors and obtain their consent to perform the wedding. All couples will have pre-marital counseling sessions with the pastor; these take about six hours altogether. In cases where neither partner is Lutheran, the couple will also be required to take the New Members class. For further details on wedding policy, download the weddings publication, fee schedule, and reservation form.
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