What to Expect
New to Community UCC? You'll be greeted at the door with the order of service and given a hymnal as you enter the sanctuary. Large print orders of service are available as well.
Our 8:30 am Taize service is a contemplative service with taize chants. Communion is served at all Taize services. There is no Sunday School Sunday at this service but childcare is available.
Our 10 am service follow a fairly traditional Christian service with prayers, hymns, readings, and a sermon by our pastor. Children begin the service in Sunday School but join us after the sermon for Children's time. For more information on our Sunday School program, see our Children and Youth page. During the Lenten and Advent seasons, our choir sings during the service.
We follow the Christian Calendar beginning with Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, the Lenten Season, Eastertide and Ordinary Time.
Following the 10 am service, we enjoy a Fellowship hour with coffee, tea and refreshments. Visitors can take a green mug and members will come to greet you!
Other Frequently Asked Questions
What should I wear?
At our services and events, people wear everything from shorts and jeans to business attire. Please wear whatever you’re comfortable in.
Can my children come with me?
Yes! They can join you in the service or attend children’s Sunday School classes with a friend or their own age group. We offer childcare in our Nursery for very young children.
Are your building and services accessible to people with disabilities?
Yes! We are part of the Access to All (A2A) program in the UCC and are working to make our congregation as accessible as we can. For people with vision and hearing limitations, we offer large-print Orders of Service and hymnals, front pew seating near microphone speakers and we have installed a hearing loop for those wearing hearing aids. Our sanctuary has no steps, so can be accessed by those with motor difficulties. We have a wheelchair available for anyone who needs help getting from their car to the sanctuary, and we have multiple spaces set aside for special needs on Sundays in addition to our regular disabled parking spaces.
What happens during a Sunday service?
Services include announcements, music, readings, prayers, and a sermon. On the first Sunday of every month, we offer an open table of communion, meaning that anyone who wants a relationship with God is invited to share. We offer both bread and gluten-free crackers, wine and juice. The blessings are typically "the bread of life" and "the cup of blessing". You are welcome to join or simply stay in your seat if you prefer. After the service ends, please join us for coffee, tea and snacks in the Fellowship Hall.
Do I have to sing?
No, but you’re welcome to join in singing hymns. Hymnals are handed to you as you enter the sanctuary.
What are Joys and Concerns?
Part of our service includes sharing happy things (Joys) or sad things (Concerns). No one is obligated to share, but it is a time when you can ask for prayers from the congregation.
Will I be asked to introduce myself?
You are welcome to introduce yourself at the beginning of Joys and Concerns, but you are not required to! If you do, you will be greeted and people will introduce themselves to you at the Fellowship time after the service.
Will I have to sign anything?
No. We’ll invite you to sign a red attendance pad, but you aren’t obligated to do so. We also offer visitors green mugs if they would like to identify themselves during the Fellowship hour, but again, it is completely up to you!
Do I have to donate money or make a pledge?
During the Offertory portion of the service, a basket will be passed. If you would prefer not to donate, simply pass the basket to the next person.