What to expect at church
Profile Age-wise, we are balanced and Sunday morning attendance is between 160-180 people. Dress trends toward business-casual, though you can find anything from jeans to suits. People are veryfriendly, though with visitors each week, you’ll need to be bold and introduce yourself.
Beginning On Sunday morning at 10 am we come together for an hour for our Core Seminar programs, in which we learn about God’s Word and its application to all areas of life. Following that, we begin our Sunday morning service at 11:00am. As we find our seats in the Main auditorium , we sing songs to prepare our hearts for the service.
The music we sing at FBC is a blend of old and new. We love the doctrinally rich hymns of the sixteenth century and we find blessing in the choruses of the twenty-first. Most of us who are comfortable with music from one particular era have discovered, while at FBC that we have come to enjoy other songs we had not previously encountered. We strongly prefer congregational singing, which emphasizes the gathered body singing praise to God with one voice, over performed music, which tends to spotlight the abilities of some while encouraging passivity in the rest.
Body of Service
Our service formally begins at 11:00, led most often by an elder or pastoral staff member. During this time, we sing several songs, offer prayers of praise and confession to God, hear Scripture read, and give our offerings and tithes.
Preaching at FBC is generally expositional, meaning that it seeks to declare the point of a particular Biblical passage. Sermons usually last around an 45 minutes and are packed with material for reflection. On a regular basis, our sermon series alternate between the Old and New Testaments. All preaching is driven by the Gospel, the Bible’s main message of God saving us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
We sing a hymn encapsulating the theme of the sermon and then take our seats once more for a brief moment of silent reflection. A typical service is finished by 12:15pm. We provide light refreshments in the foyer immediately after the service to encourage fellowship. An hour later, you might still find folks talking over the sermon and events of the past week.
Our church family times combine singing, sharing and prayer. We come together at 6. pm to lift up our praise to God in song, generally singing a blend of traditional and contemporary music for fifteen minutes. After one of our pastors leads us in a brief prayer, we hear announcements and share matters for prayer from both our corporate and individual lives, including things like evangelistic efforts, special needs, and birth and wedding announcements. We then lift up our petitions and praises to God.
Once we’ve prayed together, a leader in the church gives a brief devotional. These talks are weighted toward application in the life of the believer and the church. The service concludes by singing a hymn and reflecting on God’s Word. Fellowship usually follows as members take yet another time to talk and enjoy each other’s company.