We are a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) that held its first worship service in 1965 in a rented theater. Since those days, the congregation has grown to more than 550 members and moved to a permanent home in two buildings (a Worship Center and a Life Center) on nine acres in Maryville. Our Mission is to "Share Christ's Love with All."
We believe that God is the Creator of the world and our continual Provider, who calls us to share created resources compassionately and justly. God's heart and loving intentions for humankind are revealed definitively in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God's Son and God's Word of love to the world. God's Spirit is at work in the world creating faith, building community, and inspiring compassion. The Bible is the authority for faith and life, shows God's faithfulness through history, and reveals God's eternal love for humanity in Jesus Christ. The Sacrament of the Holy Communion is the "family meal" open to all who seek to encounter the Risen Christ and be reminded of their salvation, forgiveness, and call to be the "body of Christ" in the world.
We are connected as a community of faith to the world around us. We are a congregation of the ELCA and its local Central/Southern Illinois Synod. With the ELCA, we are in ecumenical full communion with the Moravian Church, The Episcopal Church, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the United Methodist Church, the United Church of Christ, and the Reformed Church in America. We also partner in cooperative ministry projects with local congregations and agencies, and we support national and global missions.