Frequently Asked Questions

What type of worship service can I expect at the NCLP churches?

Our worship would be considered “traditional”. We use the Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW) hymnal and change settings seasonally. Our congregations follow a common liturgy each week.  You will find that each of our congregations express this liturgy in their own unique way.  We also will hold special themed services throughout the year, including joint parish worship.

What time is worship?

On Sunday mornings we meet at St. Paul’s-8:15 am    Samuel’s-9:30 am    Messiah-11:00 am.

These may change when we have a special joint worship service.

What about Holy Communion, Can anyone participate?

We celebrate Holy Communion each Sunday.

All Baptized Christians are welcome to recieve the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.  If you do not wish to recieve we do invite you to come and recieve a blessing.

All children are welcome at the Lord’s Supper.  Parents decide when their own children are ready to recieve Holy Communion or may receive a blessing. First communion classes* are offered to provide further instruction of this holy sacrament.


What about Baptisms and Funerals?

As disciples of Jesus Christ we want to support and walk with you and your family in times of great joy and profound sadness.

The sacrament of Holy Baptism is God’s gift that maybe recieved by people of any age.  Through water and Word God calls us to new life in Jesus Christ.  If you are interested in exploring a life claimed by Christ in the community of faith please contact us.

Funerals are a time of rememberance and healing. At the time of death we want to support you with the love of God and the hope of Resurrection promised to us in Jesus Christ.  If you or your family are in need of Pastoral Care we are here for you, please contact us.


How would I schedule a wedding or other event?

Begin by contacting our Parish office at 814-926-2215 or [email protected]

We will let you know what dates are available on our parish calander.

For a wedding, you will be in contact with our Pastor about pre-marital meetings.  Ideally you would contact us at least 6 month in advance.  You do not need to be a member of our Parish.

For other events (birthday parties …) there is a building use form that must be completed with our office.  We do have fees for the use of our buildings and grounds.  Please contact us for up-to-date information.

How can I find directions to your congregations?

There is a map on our about page or you may click on the links below for directions:

St. Paul’s | Samuels | Messiah