We worship each Sunday at 10:00 am through word and music, in our air-conditioned sanctuary. Our Celebration Sunday service takes place on the last Sunday of each month, in Fellowship Hall at 5:00 pm, followed by a pot luck dinner. Additional services are added during the Advent Season and Holy Week.
During Lent the pastor presents biblical monologues as an innovative and alternative means of presenting the scriptures to the congregation. Each week a different biblical character is brought to life. Our Blue Christmas service takes place in Advent, marking the longest night of the year. The ritual focused inter-denominational service meets the needs of those who find it difficult to feel the spirit of the season. Each year in June we have our outdoor children and youth worship. The service takes place in the Thielke Arboretum, where the children and youth lead the worship through song, prayer and preaching in the tranquil setting of nature.
We celebrate the sacraments of Holy Baptism (Infants as well as adults are baptized.) and the Lord’s Supper (also called Communion) which is celebrated on the 1st Sunday of each month. Church School and Youth Group meets during worship hours. Nursery care is available in the church Narthex.
Come join us. Feel for yourself the inspiration, warmth and vitality of CCGR. And when you do, please stay for our festive coffee hour. Fellowship and refreshments are shared immediately after the service in the Education Building’s Drop in Center.
Expect to hear a scriptural based message when you worship with us. Our pastor believes that a sermon must have a practical aspect as well. One should leave the service with the ability to apply the message to their daily lives throughout the week ahead.
Music is an offering of praise to God. We give our talents joyfully, to honor the giver of all gifts. Music is prominent in our worship services with congregational hymn singing, music performed by the Chancel Choir, and the children’s GraceNotes Choir. Throughout the year special music is provided by professional instrumental and vocal artists from the greater metropolitan area who are engaged to share their gifts. The following musical opportunities are available.
The Chancel Choir is open to all interested adults and young people, Grades 7 and above. We rehearse on the first Thursday evening of the month from 7:30 to 9:30 pm and at 9:15 am before the Sunday morning service. In preparation for special times, e.g., Christmas and Easter, rehearsals may be more frequent. The Chancel Choir sings in worship every Sunday except for the months of July and August. Music selections span a wide range of traditions and periods. The choir periodically sings in smaller ensembles, quartets, duets and trios. Through this diversity, we are able to stand in witness with worshipers of every time and place.
The ability to read music is not required, only the ability to sing in tune; the rest comes through rehearsal. It is not necessary that you attend every rehearsal and service, only that you come as often as you are able. The Chancel Choir is a congenial and friendly group and new members are always welcome. The Choir is directed by Janet Montroy.
GRACE NOTES CHOIR
The Grace Notes Choir is made up of children in Grades 2 through 6. Rehearsals take place on Sunday mornings from 11:30 to 12:15 pm. The Choir is versed in Orf instruments and Hand Bells. The Grace Notes Choir, under the direction of Stephanie Beaudoin, sings during Advent, on Palm Sunday and in worship several times a year.