Welcome to Prince of Peace!
It can be hard to go to a new church for the first time. You may have many questions about what to expect. Hopefully the information on this website will put your mind at ease as you consider visiting us for the first time.
Location and Time
Prince of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church is located at:
2515 W. Grand River Ave.
Howell, MI 48843
(VG’s supermarket is just east of us on the other side of Grand River Ave)
Worship is on Sundays at 9:30 am
Sunday School for Children and Bible Hour for Adults is at 10:50 am.
Children’s Sunday School is on break from Memorial Day weekend until the 3rd Sunday in September.
Dress - What should I wear?
Sometimes people wonder how they are expected to dress at a church they've never visited. As the Bible presents no dress code, aside from simply decency and Christian humility, Prince of Peace Church doesn't make any rules either.
Like most people, our members try to make their worship time at church a special time. This is often reflected in the way they dress. But dress is a personal matter of worship before God. One may dress casually and rejoice that we have a God who accepts us as we are. Another may dress to reflect the awe and reverence we have for our Savior King.
On any Sunday at our church you may see running shoes and high heels, jeans and suits, open collars and ties, and maybe even work uniforms. When a person dresses out of love for God, the choice of dress - casual or more formal - is acceptable to God...and us.
Attending church somewhere for the first time can be intimidating. Here are some common worries:
"I would just die if they made me stand up and say something." We assure you, we won't embarrass you in this or any other way. We want you to feel comfortable and at home with us. Church should be an enjoyable and uplifting experience. We promise to do all we can so you can learn about your Savior. Come, relax and enjoy!
"I know my child is going to be too noisy." We love children in the worship service. In fact, a children's bulletin matching the day's theme is available each week. However, if you feel they are causing a distraction, we have a cry room at the back for your use. Feel free to take your child to this area anytime during the service.
"I know I will feel out of place." We hope that this website will ease your mind. But if you have a question, please ask someone for help. Don't hesitate to say, "I am new. What is this about?" Our congregation is very friendly and would be happy to help.
We strongly suggest per CDC guidelines that you wear a face mask when entering the Fellowship and Worship areas, including during the duration of the service.
Pastor will not be wearing a mask while administering the service (he is approximately 15-20 feet away from the pews while standing at the pulpit). He will however put a mask on before and after the service.
If you do not feel comfortable coming to church at this time over concerns with the Pandemic, Pastor will be streaming the church service online via YouTube. The videos will also be posted on the church's Facebook page.
Please observe the CDC guidelines for Social Distancing, keeping a 6 foot distance between yourself and other parishioners. This will include seating within the Worship area, unless you are sitting with your household members.
You should refrain from handshaking or hugging others. If you reach out for a hand shake or hug and someone does not reciprocate please don't be offended.
There will be no coffee or snacks during Fellowship after the service.
There will be no Clothing Closet for the immediate future. Additionally, please do not bring any clothing donations for the Clothing Closet until further notice.
About our Church Body
Prince of Peace Ev. Lutheran Church is a member of the national church body called the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). Why Wisconsin? This church body was formed in Wisconsin in the 1850's. Our membership in this national church body unites us with Christians across our country and the world. It allows us to pool our resources for mission work, the production of Bible-based Christian literature, and the training of pastors, teachers, and staff ministers. But above all, we can be comforted by the fact that we know there are Christians throughout the world who share a common faith with us.
Our congregation and our national church body are solidly based in the Bible. We believe that Jesus is our Savior and the only way to heaven. Through faith in Jesus we are united to him and each other.
The name "Lutheran" comes from the great reformer, Martin Luther. In a period of history when the Church had lost sight of its Savior and the truth of his Word, Martin Luther boldly challenged these errors and preached Jesus Christ as Savior. We are proud to remember his work in bringing the truth of God's Word by using his name to identify ourselves. However, we do not preach and teach Martin Luther. We preach and teach Christ.