New to FCC?

Will I be welcome at your church?

In a word: “Yes.” We truly welcome all to come as you are and join us on your journey of life. We take that invitation very seriously. Our congregation is diverse in age, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, biblical interpretation, culture, ethnic background, economic circumstance, family configuration, political inclination and physical ability.  We celebrate and honor this diversity and welcome the struggle necessary to sustain it.

What is worship like?

Our worship service is fairly traditional, but also casual. We begin our worship together on Sunday mornings at 10:45 AM  with announcements. The service is a mix of singing, prayer, a time for children, special music, collection of offering, and each Sunday we share in communion to which all are welcome to partake. Communion is our way of reenacting and remembering Jesus’ practice of welcoming all people to God’s table. In addition, our pastors offer a message each week in a style that is informal, conversational, and thought-provoking. The service usually ends by noon followed by a time of coffee and cookies and sharing in fellowship together.

How should I dress?

On Sunday mornings, our friends and members come dressed in everything from a suit and tie to shorts and t-shirts or jeans.  Please feel free to dress as you choose.

How many people will be there?

Our typical Sunday worship attendance is around 100.

Does it cost to attend?

No. Each Sunday we invite those present to contribute to an offering which helps to support the ministries of the church, but this is optional and not expected of visitors and guests.

Will I be singled out as a visitor?

While we will be thrilled to have you join us, and you will be greeted by some members of our congregation, we will not single you out or ask you to stand or say anything. We want you to be comfortable so that you are free to have a meaningful spiritual experience while you are worshiping with us.

I hear you are an “open and affirming” church. What does that mean?

Open and affirming is a term used in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to denote congregations who have made an intentional commitment to not only welcome but affirm all people, gay/straight/bisexual/transgender/questioning,  as created in the image of God just as they are. You can learn more about the process a church goes through to become Open and Affirming here.

Who are the Disciples of Christ?

We are a mainline Protestant denomination much like Presbyterians or Methodists with our origins going back to the American frontier.  Throughout our history we have valued the autonomy of the local church (congregations choose their own pastors and make their own decisions.) We value study of scripture but do not believe any one person or group has a corner on the “right” way to interpret the Bible. We come to our understanding of scripture by studying, questioning, and exploring the text together.  We value the centrality of communion and welcome all people to the table. We recognize and honor baptisms from other Christian traditions. We see ourselves as a movement for wholeness and unity in a fragmented world. To that end, we celebrate opportunities to work alongside other denominations and other faiths  and we are committed to reaching out to those in need  both locally and globally.

Do I have to be Christian to participate?

Our church community is enriched by people with many different thoughts and experiences of faith.  Some of us have been Christians all our lives. Others of us come to this church by way of other faith traditions or perhaps no faith experience at all. We welcome diversity and believe that we can only grow by sharing and learning from those who have different thoughts, questions, and ideas about faith.

What do you offer for children?

We love having children as part of our church community. At 9:30 each Sunday we have classes for kids of all ages, in addition to a fully-staffed church nursery. During worship, our children serve as acolytes (lighting the candles), help to collect the canned foods members bring for our food pantry outreach, share in the “children’s moment” and are invited to a special children’s worship time.

Is your building accessible?

Yes. There is an elevator off the entrance on Faraon Street that provides access to all levels of the building including the sanctuary.

What about parking?

There is parking lot on the north side of the building or you are welcome to park in the lot directly across from the main entrance along 10th street.

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