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About Us

You Are Welcome Here

Zumbro Lutheran Church warmly welcomes all people into this Christian community of sinners and saints. This welcome is at the heart of Christ’s ministry of reconciliation. Every person is a unique and valuable creation of God. Because God loves us, we are called to love one another. We invite people of every age, economic condition, ethnic and racial background, physical and mental ability, marital status, sexual orientation, and gender identity into our fellowship. In striving to create a place for all, we affirm what the Apostle Paul writes in Galatians 3:28: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.”

Zumbro Lutheran Church (ELCA) is a downtown congregation of 3,500 people from Rochester and the surrounding communities.

Mission Statement

Our journey of faith leads us to build bridges of understanding and peace, to reach out with compassion, and to share the hope of Jesus.

Welcome Statement

Zumbro Lutheran Church warmly welcomes all people into this Christian community of sinners and saints. This welcome is at the heart of Christ’s ministry of reconciliation. Every person is a unique and valuable creation of God. Because God loves us, we are called to love one another. We invite people of every age, economic condition, ethnic and racial background, physical and mental ability, marital status, sexual orientation, and gender identity into our fellowship. In striving to create a place for all, we affirm what the Apostle Paul writes in Galatians 3:28: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.”

Core Values

Jesus is the center of our life together.

Everything we do is in response to God’s love for us in Jesus. Because of Jesus, we are invited to join a journey of faith. We have a purpose that leads us to live beyond ourselves.

Everyone is welcome here.

Jesus brings all kinds of people together to be the church. Through the cross, barriers to God’s love are removed and bridges of understanding and peace are built. We seek to be a community where everyone is valued and finds a place to belong..

Worship changes us.

Worship provides opportunities for us to encounter the holy. Whether meeting in person or virtually, these holy moments change us. Through music, preaching and sacraments, God’s forgiveness and love are freely given and we hear the call to follow Jesus.

Following Jesus is a lifelong journey.

Whether we first experience faith as children or adults, our lives are grounded in the hope of Jesus. The church is a companion on the journey of faith, equipping and encouraging us every step of the way. Our journey is shaped by scripture and prayer, questions and conversations, and authentic relationships with others.

We are sent to serve.

We do God’s work with our hands, hearts, and voices. We are called to be the church, both individually and collectively, to reach out with compassion and bring God’s healing love to a world in need.

Who Comes to Zumbro?

People of all backgrounds and interests are connected with this place, including many from the Mayo Clinic, area schools, and IBM. Zumbro is a welcoming church, reaching out in friendship to any and all who come here.

Expect to be greeted by many friendly faces. These greetings will most likely go deeper as people want to get to know you and welcome you to Zumbro. Nametags are worn to help those who are new and those who just might need a little help. Volunteers wear a red nametag and are happy to lend a hand. Coffee and donuts can be found in the lounge between Sunday worship services.

Parking is available in the church lots, also across Sixth St. SW, and the lot to the north of the Sinclair Gas Station.