Your First Visit

Hello and welcome to our church website, it’s always a real joy for us to meet and have new visitors to church. Here you will find useful information about what we believe.

At Concordia we define God’s mission for our lives as:

Connecting people in real loving relationship

  • with God through Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit,
  • with one another in contagious Christian community and
  • with their calling of servanthood in the world.

God did not create us to be alone, so contact us and we would love to connect with you. Let's have a coffee or some other beverage and get to know each other.

 

 

IT’S ALWAYS A REAL JOY FOR US TO MEET NEW PEOPLE

We’re so glad you’ve decided to visit us! To the right you’ll find a list of commonly asked questions. Please don’t hesitate to send us a message or give us a call at (773)207-5811.

How do I get there?

You can find our location on the map.

 

— General Information

History and Transition

We’re thankful for our 125 year history in the Avondale neighborhood of Chicago.

Concordia Belmont is a work in progress filled with broken, yet redeemed people who are interested in doing life together to share joys, heartaches, and everyday life.  We’d love for you to be part of our community as we learn what it means to love God, love people, and allow Him to transform us as we do life together.

Faith Common Questions

Our church is a part of the Northern Illinois District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). We strive to proclaim the Gospel message of the risen Savior, Jesus Christ and to serve our community and our world. For more on what we confess click the “about” section at the top of the website and go to the “What we believe” section. If you have specific questions please feel free to ask us.

What do I do when I get there?

Visiting a church for the first time can be an intimidating experience, so we want to remove all the unknowns by explaining everything that you can expect on your first visit. See the links below to answer all your questions. If you have questions that are not listed here, please contact us.

Where do I park?

Feel free to park along Belmont Avenue in front of the church, Washtenaw to the West, or Fletcher to the South. Sunday morning street parking is unlimited, but make sure to check posted tow zone signs on other days. We also have a parking lot behind the building off of Fletcher where you can park.

The bus stop located right next to the church is CTA Belmont Bus #77 Washtenaw stop

Where do I enter?

Enter through either of the doors at the front of the building on Belmont Avenue.

Is everyone invited?

Absolutely!!! EVERYONE!!! Jesus wants a relationship with all of His children, and we want to be in this transformational relationship with you.

What should I wear?

Come as you are. Everyone at our church dresses differently; some wear jeans or shorts, while others dress up a little more. It is really up to you. We are in the soul business, not the church fashion business! The pastor will probably be in a robe.

What if I am not Lutheran?

We would love to have you visit. If you decide you would like to join our church or just want to know more, we offer classes that explain the Lutheran perspective.

What if I am not a Christian? Can I still attend?

Of course! We are all at different stages in our faith walk. We do not get offended by different beliefs and mindsets. You may have lots of questions or you may be in a place where you doubt if there is a God. In fact, we believe that there is no better place to wrestle with these questions and thoughts than in a community of Christians.

What should I expect at a worship service?

Traditional services use the liturgy and offer primarily organ music. Communion is offered every week via common cup or individual cup. If you chose common cup, you have the option to sip from the cup or hold onto the wafer and dip it in the cup. If you choose individual cup, there are some individual cups in the middle that are nonalcoholic.  People in our church choose either, so do what’s comfortable for you. Please read our communion statement to see what we believe about communion. If you share the same belief, please join us. If you have questions about our belief statement, please talk with the pastor. He loves questions and conversation!

What about my children?

We welcome children of all ages to our worship services. Please sit wherever you’re comfortable. Sometimes kids like to be in the front where the action is, and sometimes the back feels better for the family. Whatever you choose is great!