Our Beliefs

 

  • Why is church important? What's in it for me?
    We all need to feel connected to something greater than ourselves, to discern God's presence in our lives and in our world. Sure, God is bigger than any church or any denomination. You can (and should) experience God's presence in many ways: a beautiful sunset, the touch of a child's hand, the first snow, the love of another person. But life is a journey, a pilgrimage, and in this journey we need companions-persons who share the same compass, who help us find our "true north" so we don't get lost. The church is the community of travelers who help each over the rough spots, who hold one another accountable, and who provide bread for this journey we call life. 
  • Do you perform weddings for non-members? What does it cost?
    We gladly perform weddings for non-members. Because we believe that active participation in the life of a faith community is important for a healthy marriage, we do encourage couples who are getting married in our church to be regular in worship as a part of their marriage preparation. Cost for weddings vary. Contact the church office for our wedding policy and charges.
  • Do you have to dress up for worship services?
    Come dressed however you feel comfortable. We have folks in jeans and t-shirts, and folks in suits and ties. 
  • How large is your congregation? 
    We have an active membership of all ages. We are a small church.  We will make you feel at home.
  • Do you have to have a church background to join?
    How do you join? We welcome persons from all backgrounds and faith traditions. Whether you've been active in the church all your life, or are a new Christian, we have a place for you. You may join in three ways. If you have previously been baptized and active in another church, you may come by transfer of membership. If you have been baptized, but have not been active in the life of a church for a while, you can come by reaffirmation of faith. If you have never been baptized, you come by confession of faith and baptism.
  • What is expected of members? 
    We expect our members to seek to actively grow in their spiritual life through participation in worship, study, and service, and by contributing financially to the ministry of the church. We encourage all members to discover their unique spiritual gifts, and to use those gifts to the glory of God.
  • Are you liberal or conservative? 
    We are both liberal and conservative. We are liberal in that we believe in an inclusive God who loves everyone. That's the scandal of Jesus Christ: that he didn't just die to save the good guys, but the sinners, the outcasts, the least, the last and the lost. We are conservative because we believe that who we are and what we do must be rooted in the Word of God. We are liberal because we strive to be culturally relevant, responsive and in tune with the world around us. We are conservative because in this age of relativism we believe that there are eternal truths and absolute values.
  • Where do you stand on controversial issues like abortion and homosexuality?
    Because of our emphasis on the freedom of individual belief, we do not take stands on such issues. We offer a forum where concerned Christians can struggle together to discern answers to complex moral questions.
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