But the church is the people and we’re tired of waiting, so we’re setting up a biergarten communion group right on site as the building is going up.
We’ll actually get to watch the building and the community “growing up together,” week by week, as the physical space we’ve been dreaming of, and so many of you have supported, becomes a reality.
Everyone is invited. Literally. This isn’t a bait ‘n’ switch. If you are made of some kind of tangible matter and take up physical space, you are welcome at our table.
Here’s what you need to know to join us:
Sundays at 11:11am, beginning Dec. 3
6820 Hoffner Ave.,
Orlando, FL 32822
What should I bring?
A lawn chair if you have it. And dress casual.
Will there be beer and food?
Always beer. On Dec. 3, food, yes. And then on certain special occasions after that, we'll have a cookout, until the brewery is up and running. Worship will always end with a healthy dose of drink and camaraderie.
Are kids welcome?
They definitely are. We love kids. And just like in German biergarten culture or in the many monasteries that have invited townspeople to come visit their breweries for centuries, we are a bright and kid friendly atmosphere that encourages responsible and moderate consumption.
Do I have to be a Lutheran?
No. We don’t believe that “Lutheran” was ever intended to be a sect or denominational tribe to compete with others. We’re just some people who feel that humanity is incapable of "getting right with God" or “choosing Christ” with our thoughts or actions, so in Christ God has chosen humanity instead. Grace needs to be 100% unqualified, or it's not grace at all.
Do I have to be a churchy person?
No. Think about it: whatever it means to be a churchy person, we’re not going to the trouble of building a brewery only to appeal to the same crowd that already feels at home in a more conventional setting. But even more than that, stemming from our Lutheran heritage, we answer this question a bit differently than more “Name it and claim it/I got saved” types might.
Are you someone who is always routing for the underdog? Does it hurt you when you see others hurting? Do you believe that the worship of things like national identity, strength, and money will one day fail us, and all that truly has any worth in this world is the power of love for the other? You might already be what Luther called the “invisible church.”
Cheers and Peace,
Pastor Jared and the Community Development Team