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There are several parking areas around our building so you have some choices.

  • If you are coming to workship, use the lot just east of the building. There are reserved spaces for guests, seniors and those with a handicap sticker.
  • If you are coming to the Community Center or the church office, you might use the south parking lot.
  • If you are coming to a "big attendance" event, there is overflow parking in the large lot north and behind the Community Center.
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On Sunday morning there are a number of entry doors available, depending on where you wish to go:

  • Come in the east door if you are going to the church sanctuary for worship.
  • Go to the office entry (up the steps) on the south side of the building if you are going to the office or the Fellowship Hall.
  • Go in one of the three glass doors on the south side if you are going to the Community Center.
  • There are also doors around the back of the building which allow entry to the Community Center, classrooms, and the Fellowship Hall.

If you are coming to worship on Sunday morning, you would probably see a difference between dress worn by those attending the 8:30 am service and those attending the Morning Song (11:00 am) service. Although very few dress formally, the later service is a bit more casual.

  • The pastor wear clerical garb at the early service but not at the later service.
  • Some men continue to wear shirt and ties; more at the early than the late.
  • Easter and Christmas tend to be more dressy occasions.
  • The entire building is heated and air conditioned so you might dress accordingly.
  • A growing number of people wear summer apparel in warm weather.
  • Moderation is always appropriate.

We celebrate with many styles of worship services. But all follow a form which clearly brings the grace and mercy of God to each person in need. Whether traditional or contemporary, formal or casual, our worship services will all include:

  • an opportunity for repentance, and assurance of forgiveness
  • reference to God's Word
  • relevant Biblical preaching
  • inspiring praise and thanksgiving to God through song and speaking

The two Sunday worship services have similarities and differences. Scripture readings and the sermon are the same for both. Some of the differences:

  • The 8:30 am service follows a liturgy and hymns are sung from a hymnal. The 11:00 am service follows a similar order each Sunday with everything printed in a worship folder.
  • The organ accompanies singing in the early service. A praise band including piano, keyboard, guitars and drums and led by singers accompanies singing in the second service.
  • There is a "kids talk" in each worship service with more kids attending the 11:00 am service.
  • Songs and other portions of the worship service are projected to the front of the church in the second service.
  • Announcements about coming events are projected before both services. Verbal accouncements follow worship at both services.
  • Holy Communion is celebrated in alternating Sundays. Baptisms are scheduled in advance with the pastor.

children_singingTo the parents of young children, may we suggest . . .

· Relax! God put the wiggle in children. Don’t feel you have to suppress it in
God’s house.

  • Sit toward the front where it’s easier to see and hear.
  • Quietly explain the parts of the worship service.
  • Sing the songs, pray, and speak the responses. Children learn worship by
    copying you.
  • If you need to leave the worship service with your child, please feel free to do so... but please come back!
  • Children are invited to come to the front steps of the chancel for a "kid's talk" at each service. Parents may wish to accompany their child.

To all who worship with us . . .

  • Remember, the way we welcome children in church directly affects the way they respond to church and to God. Let them know they are at home in this worship gathering.
  • A smile of encouragement is always welcome to parents with small, active children.
  • If you see that a family could use some assistance, graciously offer your help.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14

holy_communionThe Sacraments of Holy Baptism and Holy Communion are part of the worship service. Holy Communion is celebrated twice a month at each of the two services in commemoration of Jesus death for the forgiveness of sins. Participation guidelines are printed in the Sunday worship folders. Baptisms are celebrated when families bring their children into membership or when adults who have not been baptized wish to become members of God's family.