Frequently Asked Questions

What is a "Reformed" Church?

The word comes from reformatio, meaning to “return” or be “renewed.” The Protestant Reformation, which our church is linked to, was essentially a renewal movement. The Reformers sought to return to the Bible as the supreme standard and source of spiritual life. Features of a modern Reformed perspective include:

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.