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WHAT IS THE MAILING ADDRESS OF NLC?

Norway Evangelical Lutheran Church
6321 Heg Park Road
Wind Lake, WI 53185-2733

HOW DO I GET TO NORWAY EV. LUTHERAN CHURCH (NLC)?

NLC is located in Wind Lake, Wisconsin. Wind Lake is located in the Town of Norway in northwestern Racine County. See map here


HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER OF NLC?

Twice a year (fall and spring) we offer a “new member orientation” which is usually a Saturday morning , 9-noon, followed by a meal with council and other church leaders. The purpose of this session is to allow time for people to get to know one another and the particulars of the Norway family. It also allows plenty of time for conversation and discussion on the teachings of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, of which we are a member congregation) and of the current pastors regarding Bible, sacraments, duties of disciples and current social issues. Please check the church calendar for class dates, usually in September/October and March/April.

Following this session, participants are invited to “join” the congregation by pledging their loyalty to Christ and their commitment to serve him through the congregation of Norway. Once people join, Norway’s constitution specifies that members are to attend worship and financially support the ministries of the church. People are occasionally removed from membership when they fail to meet these requirements.

If you are interested in becoming a member of Norway Ev. Lutheran Church please go to our Becoming a Member page and complete the online form. Thank you.

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HOW DO I UPDATE MY MEMBER INFORMATION?

If you have moved or changed your contact information (ie: phone, mobile phone, email address) please complete the online "Do we have your Current Information?" form by clicking here.

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CAN I PARTICIPATE IN NLC EVENTS WITHOUT BEING A MEMBER?

EVERYONE, member or not, is invited to participate in ALL aspects of the congregational life and programs of Norway. There are only a few pieces reserved solely for members: voting at annual meetings and holding elected offices on church council and other committees and boards.


WHERE CAN I GET FORMS NEEDED FOR EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES?

Go to the Forms and Resource page.

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WHAT IS CONFIRMATION?

Confirmation is a two-year process of helping you look at what you believe about God through the Bible and the Catechism in an effort to strengthen your commitment to Christ in what is now more appropriately called the “Affirmation of Baptism” service at the close of your instruction. Read more...
Forms for sermon notes and service point sheets can be found on the Forms and Resources page.

HOW CAN I GET CONFIRMED?

Confirmation is a two-year process of helping you look at what you believe about God through the Bible and the Catechism in an effort to strengthen your commitment to Christ in what is now more appropriately called the “Affirmation of Baptism” service at the close of your instruction. Read more...

CAN I TAKE COMMUNION IN WORSHIP (ADULTS)?

Martin Luther said in his Small Catechism that 
the person who has faith in these words, “given for you” and “shed for you…for the forgiveness of sin” is really worthy and well prepared.

Small Catechism, Sacrament of Holy Communion, #4: Who then receives this sacrament worthily?

Following his teaching, we practice “open communion” meaning everyone is welcome at Christ’s table. Whether you come from another Lutheran congregation, another denomination of Christian church, or belong to no other congregation, as long as you believe and wish to take the sacrament you are welcome to come forward.


CAN I TAKE COMMUNION IN WORSHIP (CHILDREN)?

Again, following the teaching of Luther, everyone is welcome to take communion here, even 
children.

That said, there is a long tradition of education before taking communion for the first time in the 
Lutheran Church. Most families here choose to have their children wait to receive their “First 
Communion” following the communion class taught by the pastors right before Lent (usually 
January/February – see church calendar for exact dates). This class is geared at the 5th 
graders but may be attended by anyone, younger or older. Following the class we hold a First 
Communion Sunday where class participants celebrate together taking their first Communion.

Some families with younger children want them to take communion earlier and still have some 
discussion and instruction first. These families are invited to call either pastor and set up a 
conversation about communion with the child(ren), parents and pastor. When that child reaches 
fifth grade they are encouraged to attend the fuller instruction of the “communion class” with 
their peers as they continue to learn about the sacrament.

Any child whose family feels they are too young to receive communion is still invited to come 
forward for a blessing. Simply instruct them to fold their hands to indicate to the servers that 
they wish to receive a blessing instead of the bread and wine.


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