On Wednesdays we’ll be studying the New City Catechism. A catechism is a tool for teaching the basics of what we believe, in a Question and Answer format, you can think of it at a 16th Century FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions).
The New City Catechism is a modern catechism that combines elements of several older catechisms. You can download the complete catechism as a PDF, as an app for iPad or Android, or view it online. The website contains scriptures, writings, and video resources to help you dig deeper into each topic. Come worship and learn with us Wednesday Evening at 6:15, and join us for dinner before at 5:30.
Join us for Easter, April 20th at 10am.
If you are considering Church membership or just wondering “Why do Presbyterians do that?” join us for the Pastor’s Class this Sunday, April 6th. We’ll meet at 9am and then again at 5pm for class and dinner to discuss our history and beliefs, there is of course no obligation. Please let us know if you plan on coming so we’ll know how many to prepare for.
We need you to complete the picture! We need your talent, opinion, perspective, thoughts, time, and service to help with the work of the church. We need every member to pitch in and help proclaim Christ’s Kingdom through word and deed by working with one of our committees. Please let us know what committees you are willing to serve on before our organizing meeting on April 7. If you want more information about what any committee does please let us know.
When someone becomes a Christian, a person who is trusting in Jesus and committing to following Him, they become part of the One, Holy, Universal, and Apostolic church that is spread throughout the world, and across the Centuries. But our membership in this communion of saints is expressed through formal membership among a particular group of professing believers and their children at a specific time and place. As we become part of this fellowship, we make promises to each other: to live as becomes a follower of Christ, to support and participate with the congregation in service and ministry, and to submit to the spiritual oversight of the session. Membership in a church is not signing up with a service club or social organization. Being part of a church is a commitment to share life together as disciples.
A fundamental task of the session is to define our membership by receiving new members, dismissing members to other congregations, and maintaining our membership rolls. The membership rolls are our Active Members (members actively participating in the life of the church’s worship and ministry), Inactive Members (members who have professed faith in Jesus Christ but are no longer regularly worshiping and serving with this congregation), and Baptized Members (children of members who have been baptized but have not professed faith in Christ yet themselves). Our denomination’s constitution requires the session to review these rolls every year in February to examine our ministry to all of our members. If we recognize someone is inactive, we see our need to work towards restoring them to active participation either in our congregation or to another church better able to minister to them. This annual review is also to make sure that our membership rolls are an accurate portrayal of who we are as a congregation. In order to make the best decisions about ministry we need to be honest with ourselves and with the churches we are connected with through our presbytery and General Assembly.
The session has recently reviewed our rolls and have transferred several members from our Active to Inactive Membership Roll. This is NOT removing them from membership, it is recognizing that they have not been actively involved in the life of the congregation. There session will be sending notification to members who have been transferred soon. If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please speak to a member of the session or contact the church office.