Eight Surprising Things You’ll Find At This Church
It’s Sunday morning and you are all dressed and ready to attend a church service. All churches have a sermon, music, money collection, and church-life information to dispense. So how do you choose which church is the one? Below are eight things that might surprise you about our place of worship, Cordova Neighborhood Church (CNC). Maybe after reading these eight things you will decide that CNC is a good fit for you.
- Clothing Choice Freedom. In other words, there is no dress code at CNC. You are comfortable in jeans, a tee and flip-flips? We are comfortable having you here. Prefer wearing slacks, a button-down shirt and loafers? Go right ahead. You think a hat and a dress or a suit and tie are more appropriate? It’s your decision. Please wear what you are comfortable with and what will facilitate your relationship with God.
- Drinks in the Sanctuary. It’s okay to take in bottled water. I’ve seen folks bring in their cup of coffee. One man even drinks coffee from a mug he brings from home. He’s protecting the environment and adding to the homey feel of CNC.
- Pastor Who Believes in and Teaches from the Word of God. The Bible is the text that Pastor Mike Mitchum uses for his sermon. He explains cultural and grammatical points that we might otherwise miss. His explanation and application focus the listener’s attention back to the Biblical passage. Past sermons can be found at the website.
- Time Between the Two Services. Years ago when discussions were taking place about adding a second service, the main fear was that we’d lose our homey, inter-connected feel. So we have time between the service for folks to visit in the Narthex or in Rudat Hall where the coffee and munchies are.
- Church Building Used During the Week. Many ministries and groups in addition to those from CNC use the building. To name a few . . . The CLUB, a respite program for folks with dementia, meets Monday-Wednesday. The youth meet mid-week. There is a midweek women’s small group and a men’s group that meets every other Saturday. Neighborhood Meals serves dinner to anyone on the last Friday of the month. For a full calendar of events go to the website of Cordova Neighborhood Church.
- Multi-Generational Church. If you are looking for a church of mostly young families, this isn’t the place. Nor is this church comprised mainly of older people. The children and youth don’t dominate the numbers either. Our call is to be a multi-generational church. You’ll see . . . strollers and walkers. . . blue-haired youth and seniors . . . the learning and the learned.
- Opportunities for Service. Every person has talents and skills. Every Believer has been given at least one spiritual gift. You don’t have to be one of the “super-people” in order to serve at CNC. All ages are invited to volunteer. The seniors are involved in every area of ministry from teaching to hosting to praying for the teens. The youth are also invited to use their time, talents and skills at church. I.e. hosting, leading the church in worship and helping out with the children’s ministry. If you’d like to help, please contact a staff member today or note that on your communication slip.
- No money collectors. An offering plate, basket, KFC bucket or pouch won’t be passed down the aisles to collect money. The collection of money (tithes and offerings) is a private matter between you and God. We won’t use guilt to get you to give. Nor do we expect visitors to drop money into one of the offering boxes at the back of the sanctuary. However, if you are a regular attendee at CNC, please listen to the admonition of Scripture and make tithing a regular part of your worship at church.
Your Turn . . . Did any of these things surprise you? Was that good or bad? What would you add?