BECOMING A MEMBER
Watch our newsletter for the next New Member Orientation Class or call the office.
Everybody’s welcome! We hold new member classes periodically throughout the year, and would love to have you join us for a more in-depth look at our church and to ask Pastor Kevin any questions you may have. People might wonder, “Why join a church?” We all have many opportunities to go through life anonymously, but it’s our hope that our community shares in each other’s lives. It is in your commitment to our church family that we find strength and opportunities we wouldn’t have without you.
What we believe ~
We believe that the story of God’s love is alive in each of us. While we remember and learn from our tradition and those who have come before us, we also share life together in the here and now. Faith is not supposed to be dry and methodical – it’s about the real stuff of life. Sharing our joys and burdens together. Caring for those who need our help. Focusing on others.
As a community, we don’t walk in the doors on Sunday morning as those with our act together. We all have struggles, regrets and difficult choices to make. But here’s what we also have: a forgiving God who lifts us up in grace over and over again. A God who makes us new, who extends forgiveness and love to us – and hopes we do the same for ourselves and others.
We believe God exists as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and that he is a being of unimaginably wonderful power, goodness, and love.
(Psalm 118:1; Psalm 145:1-9; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
We believe the world exists because God created it, that it belongs to him and therefore we should cherish and care for it.
(Genesis 1:1; Psalm 24:1-2; Isaiah 40:25-26; 1 Corinthians 10:26)
We believe all human beings have dignity because they were created by God in his own image, and great worth because they are valued by God beyond our ability to measure.
(Genesis 1:27, 31; Psalm 8:3-6; John 3:16; Romans 5:8)
We believe this world also has pain and suffering because human beings have fallen and sinned, and are estranged from God, from each other, from ourselves, and from creation.
(Genesis 3:17; Romans 3:23; Colossians 1:21; Titus 3:3)
We believe God does not intend for sin and suffering to get the last word, but is at work to redeem and reconcile what he has made.
(Isaiah 11:6-9; Colossians 1:21-23; Revelation 21:1-5)
We believe God has revealed the truth about himself in the scriptures of the Old and New Testament, which are our unique and authoritative guides in faith and action.
(Matthew 4:4; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
We believe God has expressed himself uniquely in his Son Jesus, who lived, taught, died, and rose again for our sakes. Jesus is our master and teacher and savior and friend, and now reigns forever with the Father and the Holy Spirit.
(John 14:6-7; Acts 2:32; 1 Corinthians. 15:3-4; Ephesians 2:13; Colossians 1:15-20; Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Timothy 2:5-6)
We believe the Spirit of God is now available so we can be closer to God than the air we breathe.
(John 14:26; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:26; Galatians 3:14; Ephesians 1:13-14)
We believe the Church is the community through which God wants to bring love, healing, and growth to the human race, to which he invites everyone who is willing to follow Jesus to join.
(Matthew 18:18-20; John 1:12-13; Acts 1:8; Galatians 3:28; 1 Peter 2:9)
We live in hope because one day Jesus will return, love and justice will prevail, and God will set the world right.
(Matthew 24:30-31; Luke 12:40; Romans 8:37-39; Revelation 21:1-5)