WHEN: We meet for a single worship service on Sundays that runs from 10:00am to 11:15am.
WHO: Our community spans the generations from college age to the young at heart. Sunday mornings are casual, welcoming, and a time for us to reconnect each week as part of the family of God. Part of the unique identity of our small congregation is our family-like atmosphere that is truly intergenerational and includes people from many perspectives and walks of life. Although it’s an inherently tricky process, we’re committed to being a community that expresses unity that is strong enough to include true diversity.
PARKING: Emmanuel is in the middle of a residential area and parking can be difficult sometimes. Come a little early to find a spot on the street, or if you are a visitor, a family, or are unable to walk very far feel free to park in the gravel lot located next to the church building. In support of our effort to be kind neighbors, please be courteous of the residents around our church and park in ways that are mindful of their space.
KIDS: As a smaller congregation, the Emmanuel community typically includes just a handful of younger kids on any given Sunday. Our long-term plans include a full children and youth ministry program, but currently we offer a simplified version of childcare and activities for kids on Sunday mornings. Kids ages 0-12 will be invited to join our children’s ministry workers for a special time of snacks, games, and prayer each Sunday morning during the sermon. As you arrive, you’ll be greeted by our ushers who will offer you an activity box and will invite you to sign-in your children in the foyer. Kids will join the adults in our worship service for opening songs, and just before the sermon begins they will be dismissed to their activities in the back. Of course, if families would prefer to stay together throughout the service, all ages are welcome to worship and learn together in the sanctuary!
WORSHIP: Worship at Emmanuel is an opportunity to meet with God and also with each other. Every Sunday we gather as a group of believers who are genuinely interested in participating in each other’s lives and the lives of those in the neighborhood around us. Our service includes a mix of contemporary music and traditional hymns. An offering is taken each week, and we invite you to support the ministry of the church as you feel led, free from any sense of obligation, as an aspect of your personal worship to God. We also participate in the sacrament of communion every two weeks, as an ongoing reminder of the death and presence of Christ with us, until he comes again. All are invited to partake with us as part of the body of Christ. As a part of our commitment to make the communion table a place of hospitality for all people, we serve only gluten-free bread.
TEACHING: Most Sundays our teaching is done by senior pastor Bob Zurinsky, with occasional messages from other members of Emmanuel’s teaching team. From Easter 2015 to Easter 2016, we were engaged in an extended teaching series with the goal of learning the basic story of the whole Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. By immersing ourselves fully into this story of life and hope, we become people equipped to live as a blessing for the world. In the Spring of 2016 we looked more specifically at the teachings of Jesus in the gospels. During Summer 2016, we examined the wisdom literature of the Old Testament as we seek to “be human well.” Beginning in Autumn 2016 we will be reading through the entire New Testament together, in partnership with the Covenant Community Bible Experience program.
FELLOWSHIP: Each week we gather for a time of fellowship directly following the service. Please join us as we enjoy coffee, snacks, and good conversation with one another.