Disciples of Christ
Our congregation is a part of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). This is an American born denomination with origins in the early 19th century American Frontier. Since their beginning, the Disciples of Christ have endeavored to increase respect, understanding and unity among believers in Jesus Christ. As Disciples, we strive to follow the teachings of Jesus and the New Testament by practicing a faith that is socially relevant and intellectually sound. Members are bound together in fellowship and service by belief in the central confession of the New Testament: "That Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God" (Matthew 16:16). On other matters, the church recognizes each member's right to exercise freedom of opinion. This principle is a sustaining force in the life of the church. We hold that there should be "in essentials, unity; in opinion, liberty; and in all things, love."
The membership of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) reflects freedom and diversity in worship, in service and in fellowship. In Worship... prayer and devotion are a Christian's greatest source of strength. There are no set doctrines or uniform rules, so individuals can discover the methods that suit them the best.
In Service... God has given each Christian unique gifts and talents. The church offers numerous and varied opportunities to put these gifts and talents to use locally, nationally and worldwide. In Fellowship... church members join together in many ways; sharing each other's joys and sorrows, and helping each other follow Christ's way in every area of daily life.
The Red Chalice
Our symbol is a red chalice and signifies the centrality of the Lord's Supper in our worship. The communion cup reminds us of the covenant of love, which binds us to God and to one another. The chalice bears a white St. Andrew's cross, the national cross of Scotland, homeland of many founders of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Tradition tells us that St. Andrew was dedicated to the important roles of evangelism and of the laity in the church. Disciples also emphasize these views. The red color stands for dedication, enthusiasm and willingness to sacrifice in service to Jesus.
Video: "A Movement for Wholeness"