Here are some of the things that define who we are. "Make yourself at home."
We care for the whole person.
We give away gift cards for food from Smart & Final to our families with income challenges. We provide affordable Christian therapy with licensed marriage and family therapist interns for those in need of emotional and relational healing. And we offer life groups so people can form authentic relationships with one another and grow spiritually in their relationship with Jesus.
We love beauty.
We believe that outward beauty of our church affects the inward beauty of our souls. To demonstrate this we've renewed and refreshed our church's site by refinishing our old oak floors, hanging beautiful lighting in our worship center and placing art in our foyer and the meeting room we call The Gallery. We recently finished building a large, interior courtyard, where trees and flowers will help us quiet our souls.
We value everyone -- and we show it.
We include women equally at all levels of life and leadership because we believe that women and men are equally created in God's image and given equal authority and stewardship of God's creation. Our congregation is growing in ethnic diversity. We value children and often design our fun events and outreaches around them.
We develop leaders.
We recognize the spiritual gifts of both men and women, both young and seasoned, and are continually developing and empowering new leaders. We also value life-long learning and education for our leaders. Every year we pay for a team of pastors, teachers, and elders from the REFINERY to attend the Global Leadership Summit.
We care for the earth and our bodies.
We are in the process of re-landscaping the front of our property to use less water. We installed LED lights throughout our church site to conserve energy. We put in drought tolerant plants and drip system irrigation. We partner with the city to remove grafitti from E St. We are also offering our children healthy snacks, and giving them fresh water rather than sugared drinks.