Who We Are and Whose We Are

Claimed by Christ as children of God, we are a community built on the foundation of our shared faith in Jesus. We belong to God and the church belongs to Jesus, there are no other owners. Our life together is centered on weekly worship, in the hearing of and responding to God’s Word, in the receiving of the sacraments of Holy Communion and Holy Baptism, and in the sharing of Christian fellowship and mutual care. As we affirm in the Apostle’s Creed, we are created by God, saved by Jesus, and called, gathered and sent by the Holy Spirit to be witnesses and disciples in the world God so loves.

As a member congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Urland Lutheran Church belongs to a larger body of Lutherans. On one level, we belong to the Southeastern Minnesota Synod (“synod” coming from the Greek meaning “walk together”) of over 122,000 baptized people in 175 area congregations (learn more about our synod at semnsynod.org). Nationally, there are 65 synods in the ELCA and about 4 million baptized members in nearly 10,000 congregations (learn more about the ELCA at elca.org). On both the national and synodical levels, Urland participates in the ongoing mission of the wider church through both financial giving and hands-on ministry, and in turn, we receive support through leadership training, pastoral calls, networking, and resource access. Together, with our synod and national church body, we are the church.