FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Here's a few things you might be wondering:

What does 'Presbyterian' mean?
Presbytery is an ancient Greek term which means, "council of elders."  We believe in sharing leadership within our churches at the local, regional, and national levels, and our councils are made up of folks from all walks of life.  Our councils carry out many of the important functions of the church, such as mission, education, fellowship, and stewardship of our resources.

Do you welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or people questioning their identity?
Yes.  Our church welcomes you, even if you are still questioning your identity.  Members in our church have also been active for many years in organizations such as PFLAG, More Light, and the Covenant Network of Presbyterians.

Is your church more liberal, or conservative?  In our congregation, you will find folks who are very liberal, very conservative, or somewhere in between, on just about every issue that exists.  We believe that there's room enough for all of us, and that each of us must exercise our conscience as Christ leads us to do so.  In our church, people might tell you what they think and invite you do the same.  We'll never tell you which political candidate to vote for, but we will encourage you to participate actively as a citizen at all levels of government.

What are your children's programs like?
We're a small-membership church, so unlike a larger 'program' church we do not currently have programs divided up by grade level. There are a variety of multi-age education opportunities including education each week during the second half of worship. The youth group for grades 7-12 meets about once a month for fellowship or a service project. We do offer a nursery on Sundays for children; you also have the option of bringing your children to worship.

My spouse/life partner belongs to a different faith.  Is this a problem?  We welcome you and look forward to getting to know your family better.  Several families in our congregation have similar situations. Your partner is welcome at any of our church gatherings, whether social, worship, or otherwise, that they would like to attend.  If they belong to a different faith community, we'd like to know more and see if we might organize some social or educational events together.

How do you relate to other churches and other religions?
Presbyterians have a long and rich history of working ecumenically with other Christian church bodies as well as being active in interfaith cooperation on a variety of issues.  Locally, our church works together with other churches in the Oregon School District to worship together and support local non-profit organizations and charitable projects.  We welcome opportunities to learn and dialogue and work together with others!