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Upcoming Events
NOV

19

MON
Trustees' Meeting
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Church Council Meeting
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
NOV

20

TUE
SDA Bible Study
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
NOV

21

WED
NOV

22

THU
NOV

24

SAT
SDA
9:00 AM to 9:30 PM
NOV

25

SUN
Havruta: Adult Bible Study
9:00 AM to 9:45 AM
Sunday Service
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Social Action Committee Meeting
11:15 AM to 12:15 PM
Music Director Teaching
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
PFLAG
2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
ESOL Classes
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
SDA Evangelist Meeting
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
AA
7:30 PM to 10:00 PM
NOV

26

MON
SDA Evangelist Meeting
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
NOV

27

TUE
SDA Evangelist Meeting
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
SDA Bible Study
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
NOV

28

WED
NOV

29

THU
Catherine J. Eaton, LCPC, NCC
1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Chancel Choir Practice
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
DEC

01

SAT
SDA
9:00 AM to 9:30 PM
DEC

02

SUN
Havruta: Adult Bible Study
9:00 AM to 9:45 AM
Sunday Service
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Music Director Teaching
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
ESOL Classes
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
AA
7:30 PM to 10:00 PM
DEC

03

MON
Deacon's Meeting
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
SDA Monthly Admin. Meeting
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
DEC

04

TUE
SDA Bible Study
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Bible Search
What To Expect/FAQs

We know that it's not easy to walk into a new place, especially a church, when you don't know anyone there. Even if you are coming with a friend, it can be intimidating. And that intimidation factor doubles if you didn't grow up in a church or it's been a long time since you've set foot a place of worship. So thank you for considering joining us for worship! Service begins at 10am but don't worry if you are running a little late. We'll still be glad to see you.

What should I wear?

There is no dress code at UCCSV. Some people dress up and put on their Sunday best and some people wear jeans and a t-shirt. One Christmas morning we even wore pajamas! Wear whatever makes you feel confident and comfortable.

What happens on Sunday mornings?

When you come to the front of the church enter in the large double wood doors that should be open in anticipation of your arrival. To your right will be a room that looks a little like a living room or parlor. This is called our Narthex and there an usher should welcome you into our sanctuary (worship space) and give you a printed order of worship (bulletin) that will guide you through the service from hymns to prayers to collection of the morning’s offering to the benediction. If you’d like, the usher can also find you a seat. If you’re shy, feel free to nestle in at the back of the sanctuary.  If not, come take a spot in the front pews. There is no assigned seating.

Worship begins with a Prelude usually played by Stefan Petrov, our Director of Music Ministry who is also a concert pianist. As you can imagine that means the music is usually pretty spectacular. Then our Pastor, Holly Jackson, will welcome you, invite you to leave some contact information (snail mail or email) in the red folder at the end of every pew and go over any announcements for the week. Finally, our worship leader will begin with prayer and off we go.

Worship usually consists of a combination of prayer (responsive and read), silence, music and hymns, scripture readings (sometimes dramatized), a sermon or collection of testimonies, and the offering (collection of monetary gifts used to pay for the church's ministries). If you have a prayer request that you would like included in the community pastoral prayer in the middle of the service, please fill out a prayer request on the yellow sheets of paper in the red folder at the end of your pew.

After worship is over people usually file out of the sanctuary either through the back door saying hi to the Pastor on the way, or out one of the side doors for a quicker exit. Coffee, food, and conversation can be found down the hall in our Gathering Room after worship is over. You are invited to come join us but we also know it can be overwhelming to stay for fellowship time when you are newly with us so we promise not to be offended if you simply head back out the front doors.

What if it's a Communion Sunday?

We celebrate communion on the first Sunday of every month and on certain holidays throughout the year. At UCCSV all are welcome to join us at the communion table, to share in the bread and the wine/juice in memory of Jesus Christ. The Pastor will go over logistics when introducing this portion of worship and the Deacons and Ushers can guide you so that you know what to do when. Children are welcome to participate as their parents are comfortable. If you or your child would prefer a blessing, simply tell the Pastor or Deacon when you come to the front of the church and we will pray over you instead.

I will have children with me. Will you welcome them?

Absolutely! Jesus welcomed and loved children and so do we! If you have a child with you for worship please be sure to ask for a tote bag filled with children's activities and/or a children's bulletin in order to give your child something to focus on as we make our way through the service. If you have a little one chances are that they are going to make some noise during worship. That's okay. Baby gurgles and toddler sounds tell us that we are a congregation full of life. If your baby begins to cry or you are afraid they are distracting the people in the pews around you, you are free to take them out to the Narthex (living room like area right outside the sanctuary) where we you will still be able to hear through the speakers what is going on in worship. If it would be helpful, you can also take your child into our nursery just down the hallway so that they can play with age appropriate toys.

During the service (except for Communion Sundays) there will be a Children's Time when kids and youth are invited to come to the front of the church and experience a lesson just for them. Afterwards the children and youth will leave worship for their classrooms. If you have children in preschool through high school they are welcome to participate in our Sunday School programs. We have two classes- a Preschool-Elementary Class and a Middle/High School Class. Both use curriculum that is fun, age appropriate, invites questions, and allows for interaction. On Communion Sundays there is no Middle/High School class and the PreK-Elementary class begins worship in the Sunday School classroom joining us later in the service for communion.

Will I have to sign, say or give anything?

While we hope you will participate in the worship with us by singing and saying the prayers alongside us, you could be silent the entire time and that would still be just fine. And although we'd love to have your name to stay in touch with you we get that you may not be ready to leave any information with us and that's okay too. Finally, while we do collect a weekly offering, you are under no obligation to give and if you choose to give we invite you to offer only what you are willing and able to share.

Have additional questions or concerns?

Please feel free to email our Pastor at HollyRJackson@gmail.com. We promise she isn't scary and would be more than happy to talk to you.

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