August 20, 2017

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About Zion UCC

Come to the About Us section, meet Pastor Craig, and find out what we're all about!

 

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If you're curious about what a truly nurturing community of believers is like, then you should come to the Join Us section to find out how you can get involved.

 

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What to Expect

 

CAN I JUST SHOW UP?

Everyone is truly welcome to all of our programs and activities (even those that ask for people to sign up in advance) If something interests you, just come!

 

WHAT IS THE WORSHIP SERVICE LIKE?

If you've been to other Congregational or Protestant churches, our services will feel familiar.  If this is all new to you: We usually have 3 hymns, readings from the Bible, a children's conversation, a sermon, a time of prayer, and special music by our choir or guest musicians.  Several Sundays a year are reserved for special observances, such as World Communion Sunday or All Saints Day.

 

HOW LONG IS THE SERVICE?

Services typically last a little over an hour.  Special Sundays and Communion Sundays are sometimes closer to an hour and 20 minutes.

 

WHAT ABOUT CHILDREN?

Children are welcome and appreciated!  We have Sunday School before church starting at 9:15am.  These classes are taught by parent volunteers using inclusive, progressive Christian curriculum.  After Sunday School children are invited to find a seat in the sanctuary with their parents.  About 15 mintues into the service we have a Children's Sermon where children, youth, and the "young at heart" are invited to come forward to have a talk with the pastor or another church member.

 

After the Children's Sermon the younger children are invited to go back to the nursery for the remainder of the service while the older children go back to the pews.  You might ask, "Are my children older or younger?"  That is up to you and your children.  Some 3 year olds enjoy being present for all of the service while some 6 year olds are not yet ready to stay for the whole time.  In general, Kindergarten age and older children stay in worship for the entire service - but again the decision is totally up each individual family.

 

WHAT ABOUT LOUD / DISRUPTIVE / ACTIVE CHILDREN?

If you are thinking, "but what about *my* kids?" then this is the church for you!  We have lots of little ones who share their voices and express their views during worship.  Children tend to have a harder time sitting still and being quiet than adults do, and that is ok.  Children are welcomed and adored, no matter how vocal or active they are!

 

WHAT ABOUT COMMUNION?

On the first Sunday of the month as part of our worship, we celebrate the ancient Christian practice of communion, also called the Eucharist or the Lord's Supper.  EVERYONE who wishes to participate is welcome - it is God's table, and God welcomes ALL people!  We believe that in sharing the communion meal, we are remembering Jesus' way of life on earth an acting out God's vision for the world, where all people are family and all people are fed.  So as to reduce any obstacles to participation, we offer both wine (white) and grape juice (red), bread and gluten-free wafers.  We invite you to join us in this sacred and tranformative celebration!

 

HOW DO I GET TO KNOW PEOPLE?

You can start by hanging out after worship so we can all get to know each other a bit.  And, we have various opportunities for spiritual enrichment, relationship building, and service before and after worship and throughout the week.  We are working on getting a weekly email started, but for now you can read through the monthly newsletter and feel free to contact Marge in the office or Pastor Courtney if you are looking to get more involved.

 

IS THE BUILDING ACCESSIBLE?

Yes, the entire building is on one floor!  The doorways are wide and there is plenty of room to maneuver in the santuary and fellowship hall.

 

WHAT IF I'M RUNNING LATE?

Come in anyway!  You are equally welcome late, early, or right on time!

 

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Come as you are - we're glad you want to join us!  You'll find that people wear a range of clothing, from suits and ties to cropped pants and sandals.

 

WILL THERE BE FOOD?

We always have coffee and other refreshments after worhip in the fellowship hall for all to enjoy.

 

WHAT DO I HAVE TO BELIEVE?

In the UCC we talk about a "still speaking God."  We say that "while our faith is 2000 years old, our thinking is not."  These are just a few phrases which illustrate that we understand faither to be something which is ever evolving.  At Zion we have a wide range of beliefs about Christianity, God and Jesus, from conservative to nearly secular.  As a reflection of our reformed heritage and tradition, we do recite the Apostle's Creed on most Sunday's but we don't expect or require you to believe any particular doctrine or creed.  We stive to offer a place where your sense of faith, community, and service can grow and thrive.  It is up to you to decide what that look like!

 

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD KNOW?

As you can probably tell, we're pretty informal and friendly.  We don't push our beliefs on anyone.  We share our faith and hope that our enthusiasm is contagious.  We're likely to follow up your visit with an email or low key phone call, but there's no pressure.  We leave it entirely up to you to decide whether you want to come back or get more involved.  We're also not the self-righteous, holier than thou types.  We're all human and imperfect, and welcome absolutely everyone.  Of course, if you're not comfortable with the idea that everyone should be welcomed into church, then you may not feel welcome here!  Just another one of those ironies that we think God just loves to play on us to make us struggle a bit more!