FAQ

To what national denomination do you belong?

Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Nebraska Synod of the ELCA.

What do Lutherans believe?

We believe that we are saved by the grace of God alone. Our salvation is through faith alone, and our sins are forgiven for Christ’s sake, who died to redeem us. The Bible is the only norm of doctrine and life–the only true standard by which teachings and doctrines are to be judged.

How do I become a member of Kountze Memorial?

New member classes are offered regularly. If you are interested in membership, check the box on the membership card in your Bulletin and drop it in the offering plate, speak to one of our pastors, or contact Ian Hartfield, Director of Congregational Life in the Church Office at (402) 341-7761 or ian@kmlchurch.org.

We encourage all members to regularly attend worship, grow in faith through our faith formation opportunities, serve God by following in the example of Jesus Christ, and to return a portion of their time, talents, and treasure to the church.

Can I receive Holy Communion?

In conformity with the ancient Church, baptism is the usual pre-requisite for receiving Communion; therefore, all baptized Christians (even children) are invited to the altar. Holy Communion is offered weekly at all four services (Saturday at 5 p.m., Sunday at 9 and 11 a.m. and Wednesday at 12:15 p.m.).

Our typical form of Holy Communion is by intinction, whereby you receive the consecrated wafer in your hand and dip it into the wine. On occasion, we also serve Holy Communion at the altar railing. The ushers will provide instructions during the service.

How soon can children receive Holy Communion?

Parents make the decision, in consultation with the pastors, on when their children are ready to begin receiving Holy Communion. If your child is ready, please contact one of the pastors or the church office at (402) 341-7761 or info@kmlchurch.org for information on when the next First Communion seminar will be held.

Can I have my wedding at Kountze?

If you are planning a wedding, please contact our Wedding Coordinators Linda Johnson or Debbie Robinson at (402) 341-7761 for more information.

How do I schedule a Baptism?

Baptismal seminars are offered regularly throughout the year. If you are anticipating a Baptism or if you would like to become Baptized, please speak to a pastor or contact Ian Hartfield, Director of Congregational Life at (402) 341-7761 or ian@kmlchurch.org for more information.

How do I order altar flowers or reserve the Eternal Candle?

You can help us beautify the altar at Kountze by donating altar flowers or the eternal candle each week. Donating altar flowers is a simple and meaningful way to honor a loved one who has passed away, celebrate a special anniversary or milestone, or can be given in thanksgiving for friends or family. Their names will appear in the church bulletin on the weekend you select.

The Altar Flower and Eternal Candle sign-ups are located in the Narthex, just before you enter the Sanctuary. Altar Flowers are provided by Janousek Florist and cost $20 a bouquet. The Eternal Candle is $7.50.

Is online or automatic giving available?

Yes! Your weekly or monthly gifts, as well as your capital campaign contributions can be made using a number of electronic giving options (below).

  • Simply Giving or Electronic Funds Transfer is used to automatically transfer funds from your checking or savings account to the church’s bank account.
  • Online and Mobile Giving allows you to quickly and securely set up an automatic donation plan, change your donation plan, make a one-time donation or view your online donation history. Visit our giving page to learn more.
  • Kiosk Giving allows you to make contributions or remit payments by credit and debit card using the Giving Kiosk located t the Welcome Desk in Fellowship Hall. You can print receipts for your records or to place in the offering plate during worship.

As you contemplate future contributions, please consider recurring and electronic giving. Authorization forms and additional information are available from the church office, (402) 341-7761 or info@kmlchurch.org.

Do you offer Sunday School for children and youth?

Yes, we offer a full array of Sunday morning faith formation opportunities for children Pre-K through 12th grade. For nursery through 6th grade, click HERE for more information. For junior and senior high youth programs, click HERE for more information.

What volunteer opportunities are available at Kountze?

We’re always looking for new people to volunteer in the church office, serve as ushers and greeters, lead committees, participate in groups and activities, and more. Please speak with a pastor or contact the Church Office at (402) 341-7761 or info@kmlchurch.org, and we’ll help you choose a volunteer opportunity that meets your needs and schedule.

What is Kountze’s inclement weather policy?

If the Omaha Public Schools are closed, then the church office will be closed, and all activities at the church will be canceled.

Does Kountze provide childcare?

We believe that all our welcome in worship and encourage families to worship together. However, we do provide nursery care at most worship services and church activities for children age birth to 3 years old. Our nursery is managed by trained staff and volunteers. If your child wishes remain in worship, quiet activity bags and children’s bibles and bulletins are available in the Sanctuary.

Is parking available?

Parking is available immediately west of the church between Farnam and Douglas streets, across from the church at Farnam and 26th Avenue, and in the deFreese Manor Parking Lot on the northwest corner of Douglas and 26th Avenue. Street parking is also available free of charge on Sundays.