Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of church are you?
We are associated with the Evangelical Free Church in America. You can learn more about the EFCA here.
What does a typical Sunday morning look like?
We have two services on Sunday mornings: the first is our weekly congregational worship service, and the second is a church-wide teaching hour with graded classes for children and teens. No doubt you will be greeted by someone at the door and shown the welcome center, where you can learn more about our church. At 9:15 music will begin to play in the sanctuary, and you can go in and find a seat. If you have infants, you will walk right by the nursery on your way to the sanctuary. We encourage our congregation to arrive a few minutes early and sit quietly in the sanctuary to prepare their hearts and minds for worship. The church bulletin provides a detailed order of service, and will aid you greatly in participating in our congregational worship. On most Sundays we offer a Children's Church that children may attend unless the family chooses to worship together. The children are typically dismissed right before the sermon. Between services, we have a coffee break and fellowship time. The second hour is much more informal for the adults, while the kids head off to their classes.
What kind of preaching will I hear?
Our teaching elder typically delivers expository sermons, and enjoys going through a book of the Bible in a systematic manner. However, we try not to stay in a series overlong, as the goal is to provide a balanced diet that produces a well-rounded congregation over the long haul. Occasionally, we'll focus on a doctrine or another topical issue if that is deemed appropriate. We do follow the church calendar during a few key times of the year: Advent, Lent, and Holy Week. On the fourth Sunday of each month we focus on the Gospel and observe the Lord's Table together. Finally, during the month of January we'll give our attention to basic spiritual disciplines in light of the upcoming year: Bible reading, prayer, cultural engagement, and church life.
How would you characterize your worship?
It is our desire to be God-centered in all we say and do. We adhere closely, though not exclusively, to the regulative principle of worship; that is, we want to practice those forms of worship that God sanctions in His Word, and that build godly character in our people. We also focus on being congregational, in that we encourage broad participation as opposed to spectatorship. Therefore, our worship service may include a call to worship from the Psalms, confession of sins, the announcement of forgiveness to those that are truly repentant, a time for meditation, the singing of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, scripture reading, congregational prayer, reciting the Apostle's Creed, a focus on wisdom from Proverbs, an expository sermon, and an offering for those that are members or regular adherents of our church. Occasionally, a small choir, ensemble, or individual musician will join the congregation at an appropriate time in the service.
What version of the Bible do you use?
We use the English Standard Version (ESV). The ESV is an “essentially literal translation” of the scriptures seeking to be very accurate and yet retain the literary beauty and cadence of the original text. This is in keeping with our hermeneutic, as it is our desire to use a text that is as close to the original documents as possible. We also encourage our congregation to read from a wide variety of translations to broaden their personal Bible study. On any given Sunday, one can probably find these translations among the congregants as well: NASB, KJV, NKJV, NIV, and NLT.