...Know, Grow, Go, Show, Sow
God created us to have relationship with Him, and our greatest spiritual need is to connect to Him. We do this in worship, where we praise and thank Him and receive His goodness, strength and love. We worship God as a community of believers with music and prayer, and we learn from His holy Word, the Bible. We know that worship is a family activity, and we strive to involve the entire family in the worship experience.
Nursery care is available during services, and children can participate in our children's worship program. We would love to have you join us in the worship experience.
Worship 8:15 am
For early risers, our 8:15 service includes the call to worship, hymns, message, and sung prayer responses. Features occasional special music.
Discipleship Hour 9:30 am
Our discipleship hour is a time to grab some complimentary coffee and bakery in our cafe, drop the kids and teens off at Sunday school classes, and dig deeper into your own faith in an adult Bible fellowship. (No worship service during this hour.)
Worship 10:45 am
This service features our choirs and a children's message. Our children's church program follows the children's message (see info at right).
We celebrate the Sacrament of Communion about once a month. We believe the bread and wine indicate the spiritual presence of Christ and that we are sealed in His covenant when we take, eat, drink and remember His sacrifice on the cross. We invite everyone who wishes to draw closer to Christ to join us in communion.
Communion is served to seated attendees using individual cups of red wine and white grape juice and bite-sized pieces of bread on trays. Children old enough to understand communion are welcome to participate.
The following are special worship services we observe each year:
We observe Lent with a communion service on Ash Wednesday that includes optional disposition of ashes. Holy week activities include Palm Sunday distribution of palms; Maundy Thursday observance; and a Good Friday tennebrae service. Easter celebration services are held at their usual Sunday morning times.
Once a year we hold a healing service to pray for God's touch in our physical, emotional and spiritual lives. Anointing of those in need of special prayer is also offered during the service.
Advent often includes a Sunday evening celebration featuring a potluck dinner and musical entertainment by our vocal choirs, bell ensembles, and puppet ministry, emceed by Pastor David and his handpuppet friends. On Christmas Eve we hold services at 6:00 and 8:00 pm so that our staff can enjoy Christmas day with their families.
A Christmas Carol; God Bless Us Every One
Many see Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol as just a holiday tradition like Rudolph or the Grinch. The beloved story of Ebenezer Scrooge was influenced by the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Dickens deliberately embedded scriptural references and biblical ideas that many adaptations of the story miss. A devout Christian, Dickens wrote, "I have always striven in my writings to express the veneration for the life and lessons of our Savior."
This series explores the Bible texts found in the themes of sinfulness, greed, compassion, hopes, fears, and second chances..
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We offer these worship activities for children:
Children's Sermon Bulletins - Children of all ages can follow the sermon with a special puzzle page, available from the ushers. Completed puzzles are eligible for a prize drawing.
Children's Message – During the second worship service, toddlers-4th graders gather on stage for a fun message based on the day's scripture.
Preschool Buddies and Jesus (PB&J) - Following the children's message in the second service, preschoolers and kindergarteners are invited downstairs for a sermon based coloring page, story and playtime.
Jesus and Me (J.A.M.) – Following the children’s message in the second service, a children's church program based on the sermon is held in a classroom downstairs for kids 1st- 4th grade. Children will stay in worship on Communion Sundays.
For the dignity of worship, and as a courtesy to others, we ask that children unable to sit quietly through the service be allowed to spend time in our nursery instead.
Infants and Toddlers are welcome in Noah's Nursery all Sunday morning.