3a Congregational Reflections
Describe your congregation's life of faith.
We are an Open and Affirming congregation, with a focus on mission and justice and a strong connection to our community. Our mission and vision are on the home page of our website, along with our greeting “No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.” These are the first words of our Sunday service. We believe God is ever-present to support us through life’s difficulties, celebrate our joys and laughter, and challenge us to lead a life of dedicated discipleship.
One of our values is to nurture faith as a lifelong journey. As a congregation, one of the great joys we witness is the Sacrament of Holy Baptism - the beginning of this lifelong journey of our walk together with Jesus. During an infant Baptism, the entire congregation responds with our commitment to walk alongside the child in his or her journey of faith. At the conclusion of the sacrament, the pastor walks down the center aisle with the infant, symbolizing the lifelong journey and fully including the congregation. When our confirmands make their own commitment to their faith journey, the confirmand’s family and members of the congregation gather to lay hands upon them. Once again, the congregation demonstrates that they will support the confirmand as they continue to live their faith journey. Recognizing that this journey extends into adulthood, we offer opportunities to learn and grow through mission, fellowship, and continued Bible study as well.
In practice, we believe that our life of faith makes it imperative to be a witness to the work of God here and now, to boldly continue to proclaim the good news of God’s great love for all creation, and to lift up the poor and marginalized.
We do this by helping the homeless, at-risk teens, and working poor; hosting public forums on topics such as environmental stewardship, gun violence, and opioid addiction.
Our faith calls on us to serve and support each other and our broader community by living our faith through
fellowship and active participation in Sunday worship. We believe that having fun with one another is another act of faith and we bring that to our broader community through concerts in the park, parades, and community events.