seal   Our church is a congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
   While some of us have deep roots in the Presbyterian church, most of our members come from other religious backgrounds.
   Some of us have come to experience new life in Jesus Christ for the first time as part of this church.
   A few of us have come from non-denominational churches; and others from denominations including Baptist, Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Episcopalian, Church of Christ.

   As part of the reformed tradition, our church trusts that the Bible is God’s word to us and that the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the sole authority for our faith and practice.

   In what we believe and in how we live, we are centered in our Lord Jesus Christ. This is expressed clearly in the beginning of our constitution, the Book of Order:

       All power in heaven and earth is given to Jesus Christ by Almighty God, who raised Christ from the dead and set him above all rule and authority, all power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. God has put all things under the Lordship of Jesus Christ and has made Christ Head of the Church, which is his body.
       Christ calls the Church into being, giving it all that is necessary for its mission to the world, for its building up, and for its service to God. Christ is present with the Church in both Spirit and Word. It belongs to Christ alone to rule, to teach, to call, and to use the Church as he wills, exercising his authority by the ministry of women and men for the establishment and extension of his Kingdom.
       Christ gives to his Church its faith and life, its unity and mission, its officers and ordinances. Insofar as Christ’s will for the Church is set forth in Scripture, it is to be obeyed. In the worship and service of God and the government of the church, matters are to be ordered according to the Word by reason and sound judgment, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
       In affirming with the earliest Christians that Jesus is Lord, the Church confesses that he is its hope and that the Church, as Christ’s body, is bound to his authority and thus free to live in the lively, joyous reality of the grace of God.



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