This section of our website is where you will find blogs by our Pastor, Bill Foglesong. Some of what he will share here will be his thoughts on Scripture, our local church, and understandings of being in relationship with God as a "Disciple of Christ". We hope you will engage in conversation about the ideas we share and join us as we look at how we can be the most faithful to our understanding of being a community of God. We hold the Bible as a text for measuring our interactions in this world. Several ideas we hold dear are the following:
- No Creed But Christ -- this basically means that we do not try to dictate, as a test for being a member of our community, what you must believe about God. (We assume you have a discerning and logical mind and are interested in what you have come to believe and understand about God in your own walk and we delight in having conversation about how and why we believe what we do. We don't want ONE understanding to get in the way of fellowship and community)
- The Priesthood of All Believers -- 1 Peter 2:9 where the church is being addressed and the author writes; "But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light." So we believe Christ is the High Priest and through Christ we are all commanded to participate in the work of sharing the Good News and helping others to know Christ. (So if we help someone come to the good confession and repent of their sins we do not need a mediator, i.e. a priest, to celebrate a baptism or communion meal with that new member of the family of God.)
- Unity is Our Polar Star -- Above all things we believe in being intentional about our participation with the whole people of God. So you will usually find our congregations heavily involved in unifying organizations and working with other churches in the community. (We are almost always involved with a ministerial alliance or other Ecumenical groups in a community.)
- Baptism -- If you are in a family from our community of faith you will have been dedicated as an infant and when you come to an age of understanding and desire to confess your own faith and belief in Christ, you would come forward and make a public confession of your belief, following your public confession the church would celebrate with you and your family with a baptism by immersion in water. This would be an outward and visible sign of a personal heart decision. But we also believe that scripture teaches one Lord, one faith, one baptism; therefore in order to live into being the One Body of Christ, we affirm the baptism traditions from other Christian Communities.
- Communion -- We celebrate communion as often as we gather to remember our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is an open communion table in which we believe Christ is the host and invites all who believe to join in the celebration and commemoration of the Life and the call that led Christ to lay down his life for our salvation. So all are welcome in our communion celebrations not just the ones who call our church their home worship space and community.
I hope some of these thoughts were helpful in beginning to understand some of the things we believe as a community of faith. If you are interested in discussing more of what we believe come talk to me I am always eager and make myself available to have a conversation about faith.