Who We Are
We were organized on July 26, 1926. Our first church building was dedicated on April 15, 1927. On April 26, 1976, we relocated to our present church building on Beechtree Ave. Our congregation has about 120 families and about 450 members. The Council is composed of 10 ruling elders and 7 deacons.
Our congregation belongs to the denomination of the Protestant Reformed Churches in America, which is a denomination of 31 churches and about 7,000 members. We were founded as a separate denomination of Reformed Churches in 1924 and stand in the tradition of the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century. Our churches have officially adopted the three historic Reformed creeds, which are known as the Three Forms of Unity: the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, and the Canons of Dordt. We believe these three creeds accurately summarize the teachings of Holy Scripture. The PRCA are active in missions in North America and around the world. Recently, the PRCA has been working in Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the Philippines, along with missions in the United States.
Our pastor is Rev. Garrett Eriks. He is originally from Dyer, IN. He was born and raised in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Rev. Eriks graduated from Dordt College in 1995 and from the Theological School of the PRCA in May 1999. He and his wife, Jennifer, and children came to us in August 2005. His first charge was in the Loveland Protestant Reformed Church, in Loveland, CO, where he was pastor for 6 years.
What We Believe
The Bible is the Word of God inspired by the Holy Spirit so that it is without error (II Timothy 1:16, 17). Everything it teaches must be believed, everything it commands must be obeyed, and everything it promises must be trusted (Romans 3:4).
God is Triune. He is three persons in one Being: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19)
God is sovereign over all things in heaven and earth. He created the world and all it contains in 6, 24-hour days (Genesis 1; Exodus 20:11). God continues to uphold and govern all things according to His eternal plan so that no creature or event is outside His plan. The ultimate purpose of creation and all things is glory of His Name.
God sovereignly desires to save and does save only His elect people. Because all men are born spiritually dead (unable to do any good), they are unable to anything to earn their salvation. We are saved only by God’s grace (Ephesians 2:1-8). God has chosen a people from before the creation of the world to be saved by the work of His Son, Jesus Christ on the cross (Ephesians 1:4, 5). God regenerates our sinful hearts through the work of the Holy Spirit (John 3:3-8) and gives us faith to believe that Jesus Christ saves us. He also gives us grace to serve Him in our daily life.
God is a God of love, Who demonstrates that love through the death of Jesus Christ on the cross (Romans 5:8). God’s love is particular, which means it is only for His people (Romans 9). Jesus endured the eternal punishment His people deserved by dying on the cross.
Jesus is coming again to judge the living and dead (II Timothy 4:5). Those who believed on Him will live forever with Him in heaven and those who have not believed on Him will suffer God’s just and eternal wrath in hell (Revelation 20:11-15).
How We Worship
God commands everyone publicly to honor, worship, and serve Him because He alone is worthy of all praise. Therefore, we gather to worship with the main purpose of praising Him from the heart and that we might be instructed from His Word.
We worship God on Sunday, believing this is the day God has set apart for this purpose. We gather for worship twice on the Lord’s Day.
Because God is so great and glorious, we worship God with reverence and respect, which reflects our consciousness of being in His holy presence.
Central in our worship services is the preaching of the Gospel, by which we are instructed in the truth of God’s Word. Other elements of Biblical worship are praying and singing. In our worship services we sing only the Psalms. In accordance with Scripture, we also keep the sacraments by baptizing our children and celebrating the Lord’s Supper .
Believing that our children are a gift from God to be instructed in the fear of the Lord, our children worship with us. The Holy Spirit uses the preaching of the Word to save us and our children. Therefore, our children must be present in the worship services.
Besides our regular worship services twice each Sunday, we have these special worship services throughout the year: Christmas, Good Friday, Easter, Ascension Day, Pentecost, Prayer Day, Thanksgiving Day, Old Years and New Year’s Day.