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Is this your first time visiting us? If so, please know we’ve been expecting you and we’re delighted that you’re learning more about us!

Welcome! We’re glad you’re here.

Maybe you’re brand new to the Christian faith and have never set foot in a church. Maybe you’re new to the area and looking for a church home after leaving behind a beloved community of faith. Perhaps you want to think about life’s most important questions: Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going? Maybe you’re looking for ways to give back. Or maybe you’re not entirely sure why you’re here at all.

Whatever has brought you to St. Philip the Deacon, please know: we are delighted that you’ve found us. We’re pretty sure that—no matter what has drawn you to this place—you’ll find others who are here for similar reasons. We’re also confident that your presence here—your questions, your experiences, your skills and your passions—will add something important to our life together.

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You’ll learn a bit about St. Philip the Deacon in these pages, but we hope we’ll have a chance to meet you personally so we can get to know you and answer any of your questions. And we also look forward to learning more about you—and what brought you here.

If you have questions that aren’t answered here, feel free to call us at 763-475-7100, contact any of our staff directly by phone or email, stop by our office during the week, or visit our Welcome Desks before or after any of our services.

FAQ’s

If I come to visit, where should I enter the church building?
During the week, come to our Office Entrance on the west side of the church and someone will be in the office to greet you. During weekend services, you can enter through any of the church entrances. 

What should I wear to services?
People wear a variety of things, but generally “business casual” describes what most people wear to worship. But dressing up or coming casual are also perfect. Come as you are.

Do I need to go to a class before I worship at St. Philip the Deacon?
Absolutely not. Everyone is welcome to worship here whether you’ve been attending church your whole life, or whether this is your first time visiting a congregation.

Do I need to be Lutheran to attend services or to join the church?
Absolutely not. At St. Philip the Deacon, we’re Christians first, and Lutherans second. While we’re grateful for our Lutheran heritage, and believe it has much to offer the world, we also are humbled and grateful that our congregation is made up of people from all kinds of other non-Lutheran traditions.

Is there someone I can call to ask some other questions?
Feel free to reach out to our Senior Pastor, Tim Westermeyer at 763-475-7136 or by email, or Cindy Carlson, our Director of Congregational Life, at 763-475-7115 or by email. Or, contact any of the rest of our staff directly if you have questions about specific ministries.

New Member Orientation

We hold one-hour New Member Orientation regularly throughout the year. These brief, informal sessions provide an opportunity to learn more about our Lutheran faith tradition, meet other families considering membership and find ways to share in the life of this faith community.

To register for an upcoming session: Sign up here or contact Cindy Carlson, Director of Congregational Life at 763-475-7115 or by email.

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— CHRISTIAN WISDOM —

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”

C.S. Lewis