Church Membership

Do I have to be a member to participate or a Presbyterian to join?
All persons are welcome to participate in the life and worship of this church. Most of our current membership came from other denominational backgrounds. So in a sense we might say that most of our members were not “born Presbyterians” but “chose Presbyterianism.” We would encourage seekers to visit, to get involved through volunteer service and learning opportunities before making a membership commitment. For ways to become involved beyond Sunday morning worship, check out Ways To Serve on our Connect page.
 

Our Core Values

  • Jesus Christ is the center of our faith.
  • He is Lord and Savior for Christians.
  • His life on earth serves as a role model for Christian behavior.
  • The Holy Spirit  inspires and enables Christians.
  • The great commandments from Jesus Christ guide us:
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“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” (Matthew, 22:37)
 
And a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.”(Matthew,  22:39) 
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  • The Bible is divinely inspired and contains God’s message for Christians.
  • We value being a part of the broader PC(USA) family.
  • We value tolerance and inclusiveness among Christians.
  • We are respectful of the other great religious faiths.
  • We value diversity of views and thoughtful discussion of theology and ethics.
  • We believe Christian scholarship and study promote spiritual growth.
  • We believe church members should love and help one another.
  • We strive to create a friendly, joyful and uplifting atmosphere within our church.
  • We want our church and members to be peacemakers in all areas of life.
  • We leave to God the judgment of a person’s heart and soul.
  • Forgiveness of others is a core value for Christians.
  • Christians are called to have empathy, compassion and love for all people.

Our Theology

Some of the principles articulated by John Calvin remain at the core of Presbyterian beliefs. Among these are the sovereignty of God, the authority of the scripture, justification by grace through faith and the priesthood of all believers. What they mean is that God is the supreme authority throughout the universe. Our knowledge of God and God’s purpose for humanity comes from the Bible, particularly what is revealed in the New Testament through the life of Jesus Christ. Our salvation (justification)  through Jesus is God’s generous gift to us and not the result of our own accomplishments.  It is everyone’s job – ministers and lay people alike – to share this good news with the whole world.  This is also why the Presbyterian church is governed at all levels by a combination of clergy and laity, men and women alike. (From Presbyterian 101: A General Guide to Facts About the PC(USA))