Rev. Susan Debner
Sunday Worship Schedule
10:00 a.m. Worship
9:00 a.m. Sunday School & Adult Forum

Office Hours
8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday - Friday


Person who assists pastors during the worship service; generally students in confirmation, grades 7-8-9

Adult Choir
Group that meets regularly to rehearse and sing for worship. Contact: Marcia Holt

Adult Forum
Educational sessions taking place during the Sunday school hour geared to adults, covering a wide variety of topics

Season of the church year preceding Christmas. A time of preparation and anticipation of Jesus’ birth.

the table at the front of the church where communion materials are placed prior to serving

“may it be so.” In Hebrew meaning “truth.” Adverb expressing strong affirmation.

Apostles’ Creed
A creed is a statement of beliefs. The Apostles Creed is one of three historic

recognized by the Lutheran church. It is based on the Bible but not specifically found in any one part of the Bible

One of the 2 Lutheran sacraments. Baptism often happens early in a child’s life (infancy), but because Lutherans understand baptism as the sign of God’s promise to love and forgive us, it is appropriate for any age.

Becoming a member
Indicate a desire to the pastor and make a commitment to participation in the life of this congregation

1) a favor or gift bestowed by God 2) the invoking of God’s favor upon a person 3) grace said before a meal

Book Club
Church group that gathers monthly to discuss a selected book

Bread and wine
Used during worship when communion is offered, understood by Lutherans to be the real presences of Christ bringing us the forgiveness of sins

When used in the Apostles Creed, it means the whole Christian church

The raised area at the front of the sanctuary

Change 2 Change the World
A collection of coins during worship every third Sunday of the month sent to ELCA World Hunger

The time of Jesus’ birth, also a season of the Church year, celebrated for the 12 days between December 25 (Christmas) and January 6 (Epiphany)

Older Adult Ministry Program in our neighborhood

One of the 2 Lutheran sacraments

Community Emergency Services
Organization supported by Nokomis Heights that provides such services as a food shelf, housing assistance, career counseling and other support for people with income challenges in south Minneapolis

Confession and forgiveness
A part of the liturgy, usually at the beginning of worship, where we are invited to ask God to forgive our sins, and the pastor announces the promise of God’s forgiveness for all.

A celebration generally by youth who have gone through a program of study in which they learn more about faith in God and then express for themselves the promises their parents made in baptism

A statement of faith. For Lutherans this includes the Apostles’ Creed and Nicene Creed and Athanasian Creed, although the third is quite long and rarely referenced.

The Sunday of the church year at which time we celebrate Jesus’s resurrection from the dead

The Evangelical Church In America – the denominational church body Nokomis Heights Lutheran Church is a part of

Feed My Starving Children
A service organization in Minneapolis that provides food to people in third world countries. Our congregation occasionally participates in their programs.

Fellowship Hall
The space in the basement directly below the sanctuary where the Adult Forum gathers on Sunday Mornings and where a variety of events and meals take place

Families Learning In God’s House Together – A part of the educational program of the church where special seasonal events incorporate all ages of the congregation encouraging crossgenerational interaction.

Food shelf (CES—Community Emergency Service)
Service supported at Community Emergency Service through offerings of money and food. We also volunteer at CES one Tuesday every other month, helping with thier home delivery program.

Creator and Sustainer of the universe, who has provided revelation through the natural world and through His Son Jesus Christ

Good Friday
Day in the church year where Jesus’s Crucifixion and Death is remembered (followed by Easter and its celebration of the resurrection)

‘The Good News’ – One of the 4 books of the bible (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) that tells the story of Jesus’ life and ministryHoly Set apart to the service or worship of God; hallowed

Holy Spirit / Holy Ghost
The 3rd person in the Trinity – through whom God works with people; who exercises the power of the Father and the Son in creation and redemption

A song of praise

Jesus Christ
Son of God, who revealed God to the world

A person who reads the scripture lessons during the service. Contact: Kathy Ehlers

The season in the church year that marks the 40 days before Easter, not counting Sundays. Begins on Ash Wednesday.

The “work of the people,” literally. It is a Latin word used to describe the order of the Sunday morning worship service

Lord’s Prayer
The prayer Jesus taught his disciples as found in Matthew 6

The church that came about as the result of the disagreements Martin Luther had with the Roman Catholic Church in the 15th century

Lutheran Free Church
The synod of the Lutheran Church that was the founding organization for Nokomis Heights Lutheran Church. As a result of subsequent mergers, the original churches of the LFC are now a part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

Martin Luther
German priest, who in the 15th century took exception to several of the practices and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church leader to a series of Reforms and subsequently resulting in the beginning of the Protestant Reformation movement

Intentionally being part of a congregation and the wider church

Mission partners (Mt. Olivet, Trinity, St. Peder's Lutheran churches, REAL, CES, Wapo)
Organizations with which Nokomis Heights shares mission: support activities with youth and family (Mt. Olivet and St. Peder's), camping (Camp Wapogasset), education of Ethiopian girls (REAL), service to people in poverty (CES), and urban immigrant ministry (Trinity)

Persons called to serve in an area by humanitarian or religious ideals

Moms' Morning Fellowship
Biweekly social gathering

Nokomis Room
A multi-purpose room in the lower level of the church used as a meeting space for small to medium groups and for Sunday morning children’s gathering at the beginning Sunday School

Located on the first floor of the education wing, the nursery provides care for children up to age 5. It is staffed volunteers during the 10:30 worship

Money given to or through the church as part of living one’s faith and responding to the gifts God has given us

Music played during the collection of the offering

Musical instrument with rows of tuned pipes sounded by compressed air and played with a keyboard

Person who plays the organ

Originally meant “shepherd,” and is presently used as the title for the person called to help lead a congregation through preaching, teaching, leading worship and offering sacraments. Lutheran pastors attend seminary for 4 years post-college to prepare for this role.

1st-century Jewish Roman who extended the philosophy of Christianity beyond a Hebrew sect, spreading the word throughout the eastern Mediterranean region, setting the foundation of the Christian church

The seventh Sunday after Easter, commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples

Music played at the conclusion of worship

Spiritual communication with God, that could include confession, supplication, thanksgiving to adoration, and may provide comfort and guidance.

A member of a western Christian church whose faith and practices are founded on the principles of the Reformation

A Psalm is passage from the book of Psalms. Psalms is a book of the Bible. Taken together, its 150 poems express virtually the full range of Israel's religious faith.

A group that meets twice monthly at Nokomis Heights to make quilts for baptisms and to give to area charities.

Resources for Enriching African Lives. Many Nokomis Heights members support this organization by sponsoring a girl that lives in Ethiopia. Support goes toward educating the girl.

The Greek word for reconciliation is katallage; it essentially denotes the idea of being "restored to God"–returning to Him. It is also referred to as "atonement," which essentially has to do with becoming one with God (at-one-ment). Of course, it is necessary to return to and become one with God because at some point man turned away from Him by committing sin (Gen. 2:16-17, 3). As a result of this, humankind was at enmity with God, that is, through sin, we became enemies of God (Rom. 5:12-14).

One who redeems. Specifically as it relates to the Christian church and Lutheran tradition, Jesus Christ.

A term covering a number of changes in Western Christianity (Europe) between the 14th and 17th centuries, resulting in the split in Christianity between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism. The Reformation, widely conceived, was a reaction against the hierarchical and legalistic structures of the Papacy and the Roman Catholic Church. Reformers rallied against the Roman Catholic Church's dogmatic theology, economic and religious exploitation of the common masses, and colonialization and conquest of indigenous peoples. Most fundamentally, the Reformation challenged the Papacy's claims of divine authorization and infallibility. Luther, one of the main Protestant Reformers, eventually arrived at the conclusion that divine relationship and salvation come by grace through faith, not by good works, belief in dogma, or economic propitiation. One's relationship to the divine is initiated by God, and one can only participate in this relationship by remaining open to it. Therefore, Luther's theology placed him in square opposition to the Roman Catholic practice of selling indulgences.

Volunteers who change paraments according the seasonal calendar of the church. They also prepare for service of communion.

Lutherans hold that sacraments are sacred acts of divine institution. Martin Luther defined a sacrament as an act or rite:

1. instituted by God;
2. in which God Himself has joined His Word of promise to the visible element;
3. and by which He offers, gives and seals the forgiveness of sin earned by Christ.

This strict definition narrowed the number of sacraments down to two or three: Holy Baptism, the Eucharist, and for some, Holy Absolution. Lutherans do not dogmatically define the exact number of sacraments but in line with Luther's initial statement in his Large Catechism some Lutherans speak of only two sacraments, Baptism and the Eucharist, although later in the same work he calls Confession and Absolution "the third sacrament."

A forgiven sinner (dead or alive—we celebrate both kinds in our congregation).

An expression of greeting, goodwill, or courtesy by word, gesture, or ceremony.

The place in the church around the altar where Christians gather to worship and partake in the Sacraments.

A discourse for the purpose of religious instruction or exhortation, especially one based on a text of Scripture and delivered by a member of the clergy as part of a religious service.

Shelter meal
Meal for homeless reidents that members of Nokomis Heights prepare and serve regularly at Our Saviour’s Shelter

Using and managing all resources God provides for the glory of God and the betterment of His creation (Holmen Bible Dictionary)

Stewardship Committee
One of the standing church committees that promotes stewardship

Sunday school
Sunday morning education for children and youth

In a cross-shaped church such as Nokomis Heights: one of the ‘arm’ areas

Trinity Lutheran
A mission partner

Person who greets worshipers and hands them service bulletins

At Nokomis Heights, this is person training to be a pastor (an intern). Typically, a vicar spends 12 months with us as part of seminary education. In other churches, this title is used in different ways.

Welcoming Group
NHLC group working for intentional welcome of LGBT persons and their families

Words of Institution
Words said before communion to declare bread and wine to represent the body and blood of Christ.