We are four generations of Christians seeking together to grow deeper in Christ to reach farther in love.
• Four generations of Christians: We are a truly multi-generational congregation that delights in the blessing and challenge of four generations worshipping, learning, living, and serving together.
• Seeking together: We are seekers, filled with questions, coming from many backgrounds, perspectives, school districts, communities, but united by our common faith in Jesus Christ and our desire to discern and do God’s will.
• To grow deeper in Christ: If we have been living ‘in Christ’ for a long time, or if we have only recently awakened to life in him, there is always ‘room to grow.’ We seek to deepen our friendship with Christ, so that his image can grow more visible in us. Spiritual formation can happen at age 3 or 13 or 93; it can happen in small groups or classrooms, on a construction site or in the kitchen, and around here, by God’s grace, it does – for children, youth and adults.
• To reach farther in love: “God calls us to be the church, to love and serve others, to seek justice and resist evil.” (Iona Abbey Worship Book) So we are always listening for directions about where God wants us to go and what God wants us to do in our neighborhood, in our town, in our nation, and in our world.
To that end, in 2020, the Session adopted this statement:
Jesus called us to “love our neighbors as ourselves” (Mark 12:31). He set his own love as the standard with the command to “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34). We believe that acceptance of and commitment to this commandment is essential to being true followers of Christ and that we should aspire to celebrate the full and rich diversity of all God’s children. Therefore, we reject any words or actions that separate us on the grounds of race, color and ethnicity or that perpetuate alienation, hatred and enmity. (Belhar Confession, 1982). We recognize as a people we are not yet who we want to be but commit ourselves to the journey that embraces our common humanity as we listen, learn, and grow together as brothers and sisters in Christ.