What should you expect?

Friendly people learning about Jesus, worshiping Him, together in a safe place.

We come with our failings, with our past, with our brokenness. We are not trying to "do more, get better or try harder." We are gathering to hear what Jesus has promised us. And to learn what He is promising to do through us.

What do people wear?

It is an informal atmosphere. You'll see some folks dressed to go to the lake and a few who still enjoy dressing snazzy for gatherings, and a bunch of folks in between.

What is a worship service like?

We sing. We study the Scriptures. We pray. We equip one another for loving our neighbors and serving our communities.

The teaching is not designed to modify your behavior or to help you be a better whatever.  Instead, we will proclaim to you who you are, the real you, the you that God made, and is still making. Check out the implications from that same letter to Corinth:

So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! — 2 Corinthians 5:16-17

Is this a "traditional" church or a "contemporary" church?

We enjoy answering this question with the word neither. We are historic, based upon the ancient church that Jesus started almost 2000 years ago, with an emphasis on teaching what Jesus taught at every step. This means we love to take things that might be thousands of years old and bring it to us here today and teach about it. But everything we do must be understandable to 21st Century people!

We believe, we teach and we confess. Yes, we confess our faith, which is a way of saying we tell our story, together. We often use historic Christian Creeds (like the Apostles Creed or the Nicene Creed) because these help us learn and grow in what Scripture teaches.

Our music ranges from old-time Gospel favorites (like Just As I Am) to recent Praise songs (like Awesome God and Mighty to Save) and we also sing those deeply rich Hymns like A Mighty Fortress and Thy Strong Word. We select our music with this Scripture in mind:

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. —Colossians 3:15–17.

If you would like to dig deeper, check out Our Beliefs and The Mission and Our Tribe.

Okay. But what about the Winery?

Is it "sinful" to worship in a place that creates alcoholic beverages? The short answer is: certainly not! But we want to be sensitive to everyone's background and upbringing. And we don't want to give the impression that we encourage drinking too much wine. On the contrary! This is actually a great opportunity to teach about Jesus in a real way.

We all live in tension between our brokenness and the person God made us to be. Is drinking a glass of wine against the will of God? Since we have Paul actually telling Timothy to drink a little wine ("Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses," 1 Timothy 5:23), we know the answer is no. But for someone who has struggled with alcoholism or any situation where drinking alcohol is a stumbling block, this answer could be more complicated. Paul's letter to the Galatians is a great read on seeing how this tension plays out in our lives, it is a highly recommended (and pretty short) read.