Frequently Asked Questions
- 1. How do I get into your building?
Our building is kept locked during the week and is open on Sunday mornings. During the week, if you go from the parking lot to the door with the red awning (on Hancock), there is a buzzer and someone will let you in and direct you. On Sundays, to reach the Chapel or Sunday School rooms, you can enter from the awning entrance on Hancock or the 16th Avenue entrance, which is handicapped accessible. To enter the sanctuary, you may use the Oak Door Entrance on Hancock, or the red doors on 17th Avenue, the red doors at the south end of the building (near Schuyler) or the handicapped entrance on 16th.
- 2. Is parking available?
Yes – and no! We have a parking lot on Hancock Street between 16th and 17th . It’s best to provide a little extra time to find a parking space in case the lot is full. We have several handicapped parking spaces available at the south end of the parking lot. From the lot, you would enter the door with the red awning and go down the stairs to get to the chaple, or you would enter the building to get to the sanctuary through the Oak Doors on Hancock Street. The handicapped-accessible entrance is on 16th.
- 3. If my family comes on Sunday morning, what programs are available for my kids?
For detailed information, please go to the CONNECT tab and read about our programs for children and youth. During the school year, on Sunday mornings we offer child care for children age 5 and under during the 9:15 education hour and the 10:30 sanctuary worship service. Children in grades 1-5 leave the worship service after the children's time for Worship for Life. Youth (grades 6-12) are invited to worship with their family or friends.
- 4. How do you assist those with special needs in worship?
We are fearfully and wonderfully made, and sometimes our bodies do things that make worship a bit of a challenge. Our sanctuary is handicapped accessible via a ramp from Schuyler Street up to the sanctuary, or using the 16th Avenue entrance, an elevator, and a ramp to the sanctuary. We provide hearing assistance to those who might need it, although the all speakers use microphones. We also provide large print bulletins. Service dogs are welcomed in all parts of our building.
If you are in a wheelchair, you may be let out at the 16th Street entrance where an usher will direct you to the sanctuary. If you are providing transportation for someone in a wheelchair, you may park in the parking lot and proceed down 16th Avenue to the handicapped accessible entrance.
- 5. What time are your worship services?
During the school year, we worship at 10:30am in our sanctuary. We also conduct a service of Healing and Wholeness, in the Taize style, every third Saturday at 5:30pm in our sanctuary.
- 6. What is your worship service like?
At 10:30 we worship in a more traditional style. Our clergy wear robes (unless it's too hot) and we sing out of a hymnal, accompanied (usually) by the organ. Twice s a year is our Jazz Sunday, when a jazz band provides our musical leadership. While we are traditional in style, we don’t think of ourselves as being stuffy in personality.
- 7. What do you believe?
There’s a long answer to that question, and our members and pastors would enjoy talking with you about that. For now, we offer you “A Brief Statement of Faith”, a confession of our denomination, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
In life and death we belong to God.
Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
The love of God,
And the communion of the Holy Spirit,
we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel,
whom alone we worship and serve.
We trust in Jesus Christ,
Fully human, fully God.
Jesus proclaimed the reign of God:
preaching good news to the poor
and release to the captives,
teaching by word and deed
and blessing the children,
healing the sick
and binding up the brokenhearted,
eating with outcasts,
and calling all to repent and believe the gospel.
Unjustly condemned for blasphemy and sedition,
Jesus was crucified,
suffering the depths of human pain
and giving his life for the sins of the world.
God raised Jesus from the dead,
vindicating his sinless life,
breaking the power of sin and evil,
delivering us from death to life eternal.
We trust in God,
whom Jesus called Abba, Father.
In sovereign love God created the world good
and makes everyone equally in God's image
male and female, of every race and people,
to live as one community.
But we rebel against God; we hide from our Creator.
Ignoring God's commandments,
we violate the image of God in others and ourselves,
accept lies as truth,
exploit neighbor and nature,
and threaten death to the planet entrusted to our care.
We deserve God's condemnation.
Yet God acts with justice and mercy to redeem creation.
In everlasting love,
the God of Abraham and Sarah chose a covenant people
to bless all families of the earth.
Hearing their cry,
God delivered the children of israel
from the house of bondage.
Loving us still,
God makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant.
Like a mother who will not forsake her nursing child,
like a father who runs to welcome the prodigal home,
God is faithful still.
We trust in God the Holy Spirit,
everywhere the giver and renewer of life.
The Spirit justifies us by grace through faith,
sets us free to accept ourselves and to love God and neighbor,
and binds us together with all believers
in the one body of Christ, the church.
The same Spirit
who inspired the prophets and apostles
rules our faith and life in Christ through Scripture,
engages us through the Word proclaimed,
claims us in the waters of baptism,
feeds us with the bread of life and the cup of salvation,
and calls women and men to all ministries of the church.
In a broken and fearful world
the Spirit gives us courage
to pray without ceasing,
to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior,
to unmask idolatries in church and culture,
to hear the voices of peoples long silenced,
and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace.
In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit,
we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks
and to live holy and joyful lives,
even as we watch for God's new heaven and new earth,
praying, Come, Lord Jesus!
With believers in every time and place,
we rejoice that nothing in life or in death
can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.
- 8. Tell me about baptism and communion/the Eucharist/the Lord’s Supper.
As Presbyterians, we recognize all baptisms in Christian churches, and do not require new members be “baptized Presbyterian”. Baptism is one of our two sacraments, along with the Lord’s Supper, and is an outward and visible sign of the inward and invisible reality that God loves and claims the life of the one being baptized. We baptize infants, children, and adults. If you are interested in baptism, please contact one of the pastors, who would be happy to meet with you and talk some more.
Ours is an open table; anyone who wishes to receive the sacrament may do so. We celebrate communion the first Sunday of every month, and all are invited to share the feast. As a church in the Reformed theological tradition, we believe that Christ is spiritually present in the bread and cup, not physically present. We serve bread and rice cakes (for those with gluten issues) and non-alcoholic grape juice.
- 9. What should I wear to church?
Worshippers come on Sunday morning in everything from shorts and Birkenstocks to suits and ties; wear what feels comfortable! We will be glad to see you however you are adorned.
- 10. Will I be asked to introduce myself?
We love having new people worship with us, but we do not ask them to stand and introduce themselves. During the first part of the 10:30am service everyone is invited to sign the Friendship Pad, and everyone is invited to coffee hour after worship. While you will not be asked to introduce yourself, we do hope some of our people introduce themselves to you.