Do you have any questions… about God, life, or Embrace? We’d love to try to answer them for you. We’ll be upfront in saying that we may not have all the answers, but we’ll do our best. Definitely contact us!
What should I wear to a service?
Come completely as you are. Blue jeans or shorts… to a business suit or khakis. We’re probably a little more causal than most but you’ll fit in wearing whatever. Although it might be a bit strange coming in shirtless or wearing a crazy Christmas sweater.
How long are services?
We do our best to keep it right at 60 minutes… not too much shorter and not too much longer.
Where are you located?
Embrace is located at 2800 East 57th Street… just west of the 57th & Southeastern intersection (map).
Why another church?
Great question. At first, I had the same question. There are already so many churches (big and small in every variety) and why another? As most know, Sioux Falls is quickly growing and much faster than the churches are. Our hope is that this church wouldn’t simply reshuffle Christians, but rather it would be filled with the normal unchurch-going people of Sioux Falls. Drive around sometime Sunday morning (I know it’s possible to go to church at another time of the week) and see how many people don’t go to church. It’s not about attending a service… but it may be an indicator that there’s still a need.
Do you serve communion? If so, how often?
We definitely serve communion… We currently don’t have a set routine of how often we serve it though. Normally every 3rd or 4th Sunday.
I grew up Lutheran or Catholic with liturgy and process. Am I going to feel comfortable?
We believe you will. We already have a range of people born, baptized, and raised Catholic, Lutheran, Baptist, etc other than Methodist. Is there one “right church?” I don’t believe so and as a result I would hope that everyone would feel very welcome regardless of their background.
I’ll be open in saying that you won’t find a typical traditional liturgical service, but you may find aspects of liturgy and tradition from time to time weaved into the services.
What is Embrace’s affiliation?
Embrace is a United Methodist Church. The Methodist Church from its founding has had a pretty amazing history. The denomination unintentionally started with a man named John Wesley. John definitely wasn’t a perfect fella, but he did some pretty great things. Wesley stressed things like social justice AND salvation at the same time… something not often done by the church then or today.
With all this said… our pastor was born to a Catholic dad and a Lutheran mom. He was baptized and confirmed Lutheran, saved in a Methodist Church, attended a Lutheran College, has interned with a Baptist and E-Free Church, and went to a non-denominational seminary.
Basically, if you’re looking for a place to pursue truth (which we believe is found in Christ), you’ll fit right in.
Does this church only plan to serve Sioux Falls?
No, it doesn’t… our hope as in any church is to reach the ends of the earth with the Good News… In a way by reaching “Sioux Falls”, you are reaching the world. Sioux Falls is no longer made up of just white middle class folks, but rather has people, languages, and cultures that represent the globe… the world. By somehow reaching these folks… on our blocks, at our jobs, at our dinner tables… in a way we’re reaching the world right here in Sioux Falls. Not only this, but often a group will declare “we’re going to reach the world”… by saying this, often times a group doesn’t reach anything… our hope is not just have a catchy saying with the intent of never doing it… our hope is to actually follow through.
How does Embrace hope to reach the people of Sioux Falls?
One person at a time… we’re still a new church with limited people and resources… but we have the ability just as any person or church to reach one person at a time. More specifically, by serving, inviting, and loving people… by somehow being a glimpse of God. Want to join us?
What does Embrace’s budget look like?
Click here for a basic breakdown of our 2013 Budget!
What questions didn’t we ask that you would like to know about?
We would love to answer any questions that you might have; please don’t hesitate to ask!