FAQ

Please read the following responses to these Frequently Asked Questions. For additional information or other inquiries, contact us.

Q: I am interested in having my wedding at University Lutheran.

Do you rent out the church for weddings? What are the fees? Do I need to be a member to have my wedding at the church?

A: Due to the upcoming move of our ministry to a new building, we are not currently scheduling any weddings at the church.

Q: I am interested in having a special event at the church.

Do you rent out the church to student groups and other groups? What are the fees?

A: Student and community groups may be approved to hold events in the basement fellowship hall of University Lutheran. There are no set fees, although a $50 deposit is required, and the money will be returned following the event if everything is in good order. It is possible to hold dinners, social gatherings, and other special events at the church; however, selling food that is prepared in the church kitchen is not permitted, due to health codes. In general, the church is not available for use by outside groups on Sundays, because of weekly church activities. To ask about availability for events on other days, e-mail ULutheranChurch@gmail.com or call 765-743-2472.

Q: I will be visiting University Lutheran and would like to take Communion.

May I take Communion? What is the Lutheran view of Communion?

A: Fellow communicant members of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod are welcome to commune at University Lutheran any time the Lord’s Supper is offered. The Communion policy of University Lutheran is as follows: God’s Word tells us that Jesus Christ, on the night He was betrayed, took bread and gave thanks, and then gave it to His disciples saying, “Take and eat; this is my Body, given for you.” He also took the cup and when they had finished supper, gave it to them and said, “Take and drink; this cup is the new covenant in my Blood.” Thus, we understand that when the bread and wine are eaten, we are also receiving Christ’s true body and blood. There is no change from one to the other; but neither is this merely a symbolic reference to Jesus’ suffering and death. It is His true Body and Blood – in, with, and under the bread and wine. When we come to take it, we must be sorry for our sins (Luke 13:3), forgiving and holding nothing against our neighbor (Matthew 5:23-24), and trusting in Christ and His Word (John 14:1, 6-7). This Sacrament gives us the true forgiveness as promised by Christ, when we come with faith; it strengthens that faith in our Lord and our unity with fellow Christians. God offers these gifts not to those who are “perfect,” but to those who are repentant. But St. Paul writes that it is possible to bring great harm upon ourselves when we take the Sacrament wrongly – that is, without faith, unrepentant, or without understanding it. He writes that “whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord, eats and drinks judgment on himself” (1 Corinthians 11:27-29). To prevent this great harm to those who might come unknowingly, and to preserve the unity of faith expressed by those at the altar, we ask those who hold to a belief different than above and from the doctrinal confession of the Lutheran church, or those in doubt, to see the pastor or an elder before communing. This policy ensures that all who partake of the Sacrament understand and appreciate it as God’s Word so clearly directs.

Q: I am interested in learning more and/or possibly joining the Lutheran Church.

What do I need to do?

A: Every semester, Pastor Herman offers a New Member/Information class for those considering church membership or just interested in learning more about Christianity and the Lutheran church. Completion of the class is required for membership in the church, although there is no obligation to join, by attending the class. For more information contact ULutheranChurch@gmail.com or 765-743-2472.

Q: I am interested in being a Resident Fellow.

What are the responsibilities and duties? How do I apply?

A: Due to the upcoming move of our ministry to a new building, we have discontinued the Resident Fellow/"Church Mouse" program.

Q: I would like to serve on the Church Council.

Do I need to be a member? How can I run for office?

A: Positions on the Church Council of University Lutheran are one year terms that begin and end in January of every year. Elections are held in December, and all students and members who are confirmed Lutherans active with our congregation are welcome to run for office. Nomination forms are provided in the Sunday bulletins a few weeks prior to elections, and you are welcome to nominate yourself or someone else for office. For more information about the various offices on the Council or to volunteer to serve on a Church Council committee, contact the Church Council President.

Q: I will be at Purdue for a few years and want to transfer my membership.

What do I need to do?

A: Most students who attend University Lutheran keep their membership at their home churches; however, some students who plan to be in West Lafayette for several years prefer to transfer their membership to University Lutheran. If you would like to transfer your membership from another LCMS church to University Lutheran, contact ULutheranChurch@gmail.com or 765-743-2472.