What Should I Expect?
When do you meet?
Morning Worship is at 9:30 AM, followed by the Bible Study/Sunday School hour (in English) at around 11:15 AM. There is a time for fellowship and light refreshment follows the Worship Service.
Who will be there?
Our congregation is varied in age-distribution, with a mix of college students, young families, recent empty-nesters, and retirees. There are people from a wide distribution of ethnicities, too. We are a growing congregation, but you will find the people friendly and hospitable. Dress is often casual to business casual. It is not uncommon to see a man in khakis and collared shirt conversing with a neighbor in a suit and tie. We encourage you not to be overly concerned about “dressing up”- no one here will give your appearance a second thought!
Though some prepared music (instrumental, choral, and occasional vocal solos or duets) is included in our services, the sound of a congregation joined together in praise to God and affirmation of the great truths of Scripture in song is something we greatly value. Our selections draw extensively from the rich tradition of Christian hymnody, though we also include newer contributions in our singing. Our congregational singing is typically accompanied by a piano.
Our congregation places high priority on the reading and preaching of Scripture. Sermons are typically expository- in short, the point of the sermon is the point of the Scripture text it is taken from- with an emphasis on application of Scriptural principles to daily life. The gospel of Jesus Christ underlies all of our preaching. While many Bible versions (not all of them English!) are carried by those who attend, the pastor uses the New King James Version in his preaching and teaching, as do many of the teachers in other ministries of our church.
Each service includes a time for worship through giving of our tithes and offerings. Prayer is prominent, as we confess our sins to God, offer Him praise, and intercede to Him on behalf of others. Our morning services conclude with a brief opportunity for silent contemplation and reflection of the truths that have been declared to us.
The ordinance of Communion is typically observed on the first Sunday of the month in the morning service. The ordinance of Baptism is observed as the opportunity arises.
Following our service, a time of light refreshment is provided in the foyer. Points of the sermon may be discussed, or catching up on events of the past week. We believe it is important to be intentional about the unity of believers, and these times allow relationships to be nurtured and developed in meaningful ways.
Sunday School/Bible Study Hour
The emphasis during these hours is interactive teaching of the Bible and its truths applied to our lives. Classes based in English are provided for children and teens according to age and grade level. There is a general adult class as well as a ladies class.