The Sacraments

Just some water, just a simple meal of bread and juice, but for us in the United Church Christ, what is simple means much more. We celebrate two sacraments. One is Baptism. The other is Holy Communion which is also often called the Lord’s Supper or Eucharist. Sacraments are our ritual acts in worship life when the Holy Spirit uses water, bread, and wine (or grape juice, in our church) to make visible the grace, forgiveness, and presence of God in Christ.

Through water at baptism, God embraces you — no matter who you are — and brings you into Christ’s Church. You become vital not only to a local church, but the wider Church. You share in the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. The church also promises to love, support, and care for you throughout your whole life. Baptized, you now participate fully in life of the Church and God’s realm. While we typically baptize infants, anyone who desires to participate in baptism may do so. To schedule a baptism, please contact the Senior Minister

At Holy Communion, we share a simple meal of bread and the cup. We celebrate an open communion table, where none are excluded and all are welcome to experience the presence of Christ again. Together, around God’s welcome table, we recall God’s loving acts especially in Jesus. We experience our oneness in Christ, hope for a time when all will be fed, and anticipate the fullness of God’s love and justice throughout creation.

New Members

In our tradition, joining the church matters. We have people stand up in front of the church during Sunday worship and make promises about their commitment to God and to this faith community. Why the big deal? In the UCC, there is no hierarchy that tells the churches what to do and how to behave.We talk about having a “priesthood of all believers,” which means that all of us do ministry. The congregation is the heart of all that. When you join a church, you become a voting member of the church. Members vote on the church’s budget each year, they vote on which of the members should serve as key leaders, and they even vote on whether or not to call a new pastor. There are important practical issues associated with being a member.

CCC hosts new member orientations throughout the year. If interested, please contact the church office.

Weddings

Congratulations on your decision to marry. We hope this brochure will answer your questions about our wedding policies and fees.

A wedding ceremony is an act of Christian worship. To be married at CCC, it is necessary to arrange an interview with a minister who will perform the service. The Senior and/or Associate Pastor will officiate. Exceptions may be made in consultation with the Senior Pastor.

Make an appointment with a minister and, at the same time, check with the church office regarding available dates for the rehearsal and the wedding. Do this as far ahead of your wedding as possible, especially if you are considering the spring or fall. We recommend that you reserve your dates at the church before you reserve a place for your reception so you will not be disappointed.

Funerals & Memorial Services

Please contact the Senior Minister to schedule funeral and memorial services. The staff at the church will help you plan a fitting service to honor your loved one.