Rooted and growing. In 1925, a few families stepped out in faith and began meeting as a storefront church in our neighborhood.
In 1927 we organized officially with 49 charter members. Our growing congregation met in a community hall and then a local theater.
In 1930 we sank our roots more deeply in this community by building our first sanctuary on the corner of Otsego and Fair. Even during the Great Depression of the 1930’s, we kept stepping out in generous faith. We were building for the future by encouraging families, preaching God’s good news, reaching out with love to our neighbors, and completing two large educational wings. In the mid-1960’s we saw the need for a new worship space, and began to pray, plan and give sacrificially.
Branching out in faith. Flash forward twenty years. In the 1980’s, with leadership of Pastor Dale Goodrich, we took the unique steps of receiving the core members of another local American Baptist church that had closed its doors, The Vanowen Baptist Church. These dedicated disciples joined us and merged into our church leadership. They were an incredible shot in the arm that enabled our church to move ahead and flourish. Pastor Goodrich retired in 1991 and after serving as interim Pastor, Dr. Michael Woodcock became the permanent Pastor in 1992. The church continued to praise the Lord. We know and sense that a remarkable purpose of God has claimed us. People feel it when they come into a worship gathering… we see it in the lives being reclaimed for Jesus Christ… it comes out as a fresh openness to the moving of the Holy Spirit… and we receive it in the welcome and family atmosphere. God has enabled us to grow and flourish in Christ beyond what our founding generation could have imagined… he has called us to serve his kingdom purpose as multi-ethnic, multi-generational church here in our growing, changing NoHo context!
As we reflect on the past, enjoy the present, and pray into the future, we stand on God’s unshakable promise:
“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future…You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your
heart” (Jeremiah 29:11, 13).
For what has been---we say, THANKS!
For what is to come---we say, YES!
OUR VISION AND VALUES
THE Vision: a community gathered by God and growing to become full devoted followers of Christ.
THE GPS / THE MAP & COMPASS: the Bible, the inspired Word of God; from it we derive both our message and our method for doing God's work - by learning, studying, preaching, teaching and living out the Word.
THE HEART: hope that springs up when we discover God can change lives like ours and give us a new beginning. We want all people to find this hope, so through our caring and evangelistic ministries we invite non-believers to be converted, and stalled believers to restart their faith walk.
THE SETTING: a church family of acceptance, love, joy and creativity, learning to pursue the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.
THE PROCESS: growing upward through worship, sinking our roots down deeper through discipleship, caring for one another through fellowship, and reaching out to a broken world through mission.
THE RESULT: growth in Christ that we can know and feel for ourselves, that we can see in one another, and that our world can see in us.
THE UNIQUENESS: the very diversity of our heritages and ages; our talents, gifts, and life experiences; and the context in which we live out the gospel here in No Ho!
PRAISE AND WORSHIP
I Was glad when they said . . .Let us go into the hour of the Lord. Psalm 122:1
JUNE SCRIPTURE MEMORY PASSAGE
The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again, rather the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father". The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. Amen.
Romans 8: 15, 16