Mission Statement and Statement of Faith

We are a New Testament church, drawing upon the Anabaptist and Pietist traditions. As such, we attempt to live out of our unfolding understanding of the Good news.  We do this to fulfill God=s command to love one another as Christ has loved us.  We do this as an expression of the peace, justice, reconciliation, service and equality revealed in our understanding of the following scriptures (NRSV):

Matthew 25:  31B40:  When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory.  All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand saying, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger and you welcomed me; I was naked and you gave me clothing; I was sick and you took care of me; I was in prison and you visited me.”  Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink?  And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing?  And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”

John 15:  12:  This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

II Corinthians 5:  16-20:  From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way.  So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation:  everything old has passed away; see,everything has become new!  All this is from God, who reconciles us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.  So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

Our purpose then is twofold:  1) to maintain a vital spiritual community with Christ  as our center, and to nurture, educate and challenge one another; and 2) to both seek and represent God as we reach out to the world as servants, stewards and peacemakers.