We are a congregation of the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod.  The Lutheran Church began in the sixteenth century when the German reformer Martin Luther spoke out against the spiritual and moral corruption of the medieval church.  Luther maintained that man cannot make himself right with God; rather God has done this by grace in the death and resurrection of His Son Jesus.  He freely gives us the blessings of the cross through His Word in the Holy Scriptures and the Sacraments of Baptism, Absolution, and Communion.  Today the Lutheran Church throughout the world has a membership of about 75 million.  Within this Lutheran Church, our own Missouri Synod, with 2.2 million members throughout the United States, tends to be rather traditional and conservative.  By God's grace, we strive to maintain the teachings of Scripture focused on the death and resurrection of Christ for us sinners.