We are a diverse people who come from various backgrounds, including theological and denominational experiences. As members of First Christian Church and Grace Presbyterian Chapel, we seek to be faithful to God's movement. Currently we are participating in a six-month yoking process. Together we are experimenting with various ways we can do shared ministry for the good of the Kingdom.
It is an exciting time for our churches.
With any transition, there are celebrations and challenges, and because of our diverse backgrounds this is especially true. Each church, and the memberships within the church body, brings a unique perspective; but that is the beauty of who we are.
We seek to be faithful and to hear and respond to the needs and desires of our church membership while also following God’s movement.
In worship we seek to honor traditions and theological perspectives from both churches. As members and guests, we invite you to be open while also holding true to the things that are most sacred to you in your faith journey.
If there is an element of worship that is not meaningful to you, or challenges you theologically, we encourage you to engage in conversation, be curious, and ask questions. Ultimately, if something in worship is not helpful in growing your relationship with Jesus, we invite you to use that time for prayerful reflection. Our goal is to create room for a diverse community of believers while uniting over the essentials, our joint faith in Jesus.
We practice weekly communion and an open table; ALL ARE WELCOME! The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) comes from a background that claims “no creed but Christ” while the PCUSA church practices several creedal statements. In our effort to create room for everyone, on occasion we include affirmations of faith in our worship. However, these faith statements are not a requirement to be in relationship with us or to participate in worship.
We are currently in the experimental phase...
Gather data, share responsibilities, try new things in worship/program life/decision making, and create a feedback loop and evaluation.
Use data to construct a possible model for "yoking". During this phase we will do pastoral check-ins, host workshops (in person and virtual), deliberations on legal matters (by laws, leadership formation, etc.), and denominational communication and possible participation.
Communication results of our work with churches and seek blessing from members and buy in from region and presbytery (regardless of decision and next phase).
We will end the six months with a special celebration of decision and blessing of ministry.
Grace: John Ballard, Randy Gardner, Victor Probandt, and Rebecca Webb
FCC: Trish Aylor, Carla Hallman, Jon James, and Shirley Robison
Ministers: T.J, Esther, Mary Beth, and Suzanne
Click HERE to learn about the roles of the ministers.