About The Church
Our church was established in 1995. In 1997, we became a charter member of a federation of churches called the United Reformed Churches of North America. We teach and proclaim the eternal truths of the Word of God, the Bible. To that Word our church strives to be faithful.
Loving Our Neighbors
Who Are We?
The Immanuel United Reformed Church is a community of those who believe in Jesus Christ and have been gathered together by the Son of God through His Word and Spirit. We have been united to each other by our common faith in Jesus Christ. (cf. Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 54).
As individual believers we share in Christ and in all His treasures and gifts. Each one of us considers it a duty to use our gifts readily and cheerfully for the service and enrichment of the other members (1 Cor. 12:7; 14:12; cf. Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 55).
What Our Name Means
Immanuel: This means "God is with us," which God accomplished through the life and work of Jesus Christ.
United: We are Christians, united in Christ, and affiliated with the United Reformed Churches of North America. We covenant together with other United Reformed churches through our Church Order.
Reformed: This name relates us to the historic Protestant Reformation which declared faith in Christ as the only way of salvation and the Bible as the infallible and inspired Word of God.
Church: We are called a "church" because we have been brought together by God for Christian fellowship, discipleship, and biblical worship of God.
What We Believe
We believe that the teaching of the Bible is faithfully summarized in the historic creeds and confessions of the Reformed Churches. The Three Forms of Unity, the The Apostles' Creed, The Nicene Creed, The Athanasian Creed and an introduction to the creeds can be found here.
Our core beliefs can be found here.
Because God is a missionary God, his church is to be a missionary people "light to the nations" (Mt 5:0346, I Pt 0:940). Believers devote themselves individually and corporately to bringing the gospel to the world (Matthew 08:08-20; Luke 24:46-48; John 00:00; Acts E8). We encourage the Christian mission to proceeds in many ways, including:
Preaching the gospel (Romans 10:17)
God-centered and evangelistic worship (I Corinthians 14:25)
Prayer (Colossians 4:2-4)
Informal conversation (Colossians 4:5,6, I Peter 3:15)
Deeds of love (Acts 2:40-47, 4:32-35)
Caring for the poor (Deuteronomy 14:28,29).
Through these and other means, our lives bear witness to God's grace and kingdom.
Website for the Mission Work of Classis Central: www.harvestingtheplains.com
Who Do We Serve?
Our highest purpose in life is to love God above all by glorifying and enjoying Him forever. As a congregation our highest priority is to worship God with heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mat. 22:37)
Since God has united us together by faith in Jesus Christ, we also make it our aim to love one another by bearing one another’s burdens and by rejoicing with those who rejoice (Mat. 22.39; Rom. 12.9-10, 15).
Our service to God includes the Great Commission – making disciples of all nations (Mat. 28:18-20). Therefore we serve our neighbors by showing them the love of Jesus Christ and telling them what God has done for us (Mark 5:19).
What Problem Do We Address?
As a church we address the problem of sin which separates every human being from God. Corporately and individually “we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore [our neighbors] on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God” (2Cor. 5:20; Heb. 10:24-25).
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a "Reformed" Church?
Biblically informed worldview ( 2 Timothy 3:16),
Doctrinal integrity ( Hebrews 5:11-6:2)
Historic consciousness ( Psalm 78:1-72)
Missional orientation ( John 20:21).
All serve the glory of God ( 1 Corinthians 10:31)
Why do children sit in on "adult" worship service?
Many churches segregate minors from the main service. We believe the Bible presents a different dynamic: all-ages uniting to pray, sing, listen, understand, and give voice to God's grace and goodness in their lives (Deuteronomy 31:12, Ezra 10:1; Nehemiah 8:2). We have found this integrative practice to be a great blessing to us. We hope you do too!
How do I get connected to the community at Immanuel URC?
God has created His people for fellowship (Acts 2:42-48; 4:32-35; Ephesians 2:19-22) and so connecting is an integral component of Imannuel URC's ministry. Sundays are the best place to begin. Relationships are formed and deepened before, during, and after worship. Post-worship fellowship also provides an opportunity for relationship-building as well as informal contacts throughout the week.
How do people give to Immanuel URC? Where does it go?
Giving is an important component of Christian living. Giving comes in the form of spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:4-6; Ephesians 4:7) and material offerings (Malachi 3:10; 2 Corinthians 9:6-8). Opportunities abound at IURC for both. As to monetary offerings, IURC supports a number of carefully designated causes including such things as local benevolence and budgetary needs, home and foreign missions, Christian education, disaster relief, and other causes. Immanuel URC's deacons as managers of spiritual and material resources (Acts 6:1-6; 1 Timothy 3:8-13) ensure that all monies given are accounted for and distributed properly.
Why do you have creeds, catechisms, and confessions?
The purpose of these historic summaries of Christian beliefs is to systematically teach (Luke 1:1-3; 1 Timothy 4:16), protect (2 Peter 3:17), and defend (Jude 3) the faith. They do not possess the same inspired authority as the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 2:19-21), yet they are useful as faithful summaries of what the Bible teaches and help in discipling new believers (Matthew 28:19,20).
Why become a member of the church?
Church membership is an important component of Christian discipleship. Jesus said, "Whoever would come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me." (Matthew 16:24). The Bible teaches us that to follow Christ requires that we join ourselves to His church (Hebrews 10:22-25; Acts 2:47). Membership is the means whereby we formally commit ourselves to the local expression of Christ's church much like formal vows commit husbands and wives to each other. Church membership brings with it the fruits of joy, fellowship, service, pastoral oversight, and accountability in the local church. Church membership has been a great blessing to us. If you want to know the process for becoming a member at IURC, see any Elder, Rev. Roberto Rossi, or contact us.
What Hope Do We Offer?
It is not up to us to bring about transformation. As a church, we are simply an instrument in God’s hands to accomplish His purposes as He sees fit. We are simply called to be faithful with what He has entrusted to us (Mat. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 6:2,4).
That means we are a community of believers desiring to mature in our worship of God. We use the means of God’s Word, sacraments, prayer, and Christian fellowship to make ongoing progress in our relationship with God through Jesus Christ (Eph. 4.11-14; Acts 2:42).
As we each mature in our relationship with God it should also improve our relationships with others around us – especially with fellow believers (Eph. 4.15-16).
Scripture also assures us that as unbelievers come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ their lives will also begin a journey of change that begins immediately and will continue throughout the course of their lives. Together we are being transformed into the likeness of Jesus Christ (Rom. 8.29).
Ultimately, we are a community of believers who are being prepared to be presented to God (2Cor. 11:2; Col. 1:22,28; Jude 24; Eph. 5:27; 2Cor. 4:14; 11:2; Rev. 19:7-8).