newcomers guide

Newcomer's Guide

The Mission of Resurrection Episcopal Church: 

"Restoring all people to unity with God and each other in Christ"

What you can expect from Resurrection:

  • to be welcomed as you are
  • to have opportunities for fellowship and friend-making
  • to find ways to grow, find what's important to you and get what you need here, and to help others do the same
  • to serve together with others
  • to have opportunities to serve, and be called upon to serve
  • to worship with good music, the Word of God taught and preached, and Communion with God and one another
  • to arrive at a church that is safe, clean space, a place set apart from the rest of life, a place for one to feel and experience God's presence
  • to expect that people come to worship on Sunday for different reasons
  • to come to worship on Sunday not only for ourselves, but to encourage others, too
  • to understand that decisions are made in accordance with the church's mission
  • that as a member there are expectations of you, too

What you can not expect from Resurrection:

  • the church as perhaps you might wish we were... (You can expect that we are who we are; and you have a standing invitation if you do not see a ministry you wish that we were doing, to talk to Father Nathan about starting a ministry that accomplishes our goal of "reconciling all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.")
  • for people to know that you're facing something unless you share it... (You can expect that fellow church members and the clergy won't know what you are facing unless you share it with them.)
  • a church that is always free from conflict or disagreement... (You can expect at times that this church like any group of people or community will experience conflict and disagreement.)
  • a church that is always forward thinking... (You can expect at times we are not)
  • for there to always be coffee/social hour after church that is free from other programming... (Sometimes, instead of normal coffee hour or fellowship, we might have a program or study.)
  • for decisions which are made by the Vicar and the Bishop's Committee to be ones that you will always agree with... (You can expect that there will be some decisions that you will agree with and others that you may not.)
  • for the ministry or role that you'd like to have at Resurrection to be the role or ministry we need at a particular time or that it even exists... (If you see something that isn't happening in accordance with our mission but wish it was, talk to Father Nathan, who can coach you to get it started!)
  • for the church to have a full time priest... (You can expect that if this becomes financially sustainable if will happen.)

What Resurrection expects of you:

  • to come expecting to experience God, to come for the reasons you came, and help others do the same
  • to give of your time,talent, and money for the spread of the Good News of God through our church.
  • to give the gifts you choose to give without strings attached, without an eye for or hope of financial/material gain in return
  • to inform the clergy when you are sick and/or need immediate pastoral care (they do not know when you are in the hospital or ill unless told) and to tell others if you would like them to know as well
  • that when you feel "pinched" by something or someone in the church (something that bothers you) that you go to that person and resolve it within 24 hours (not letting it build up) and if that doesn't work ask a mutually trusted figure to help resolve it (this applies to relations with the Vicar,too)
  • that is there is a ministry idea that you have that accords with our mission ("to reconcile all people to unity with God and each other in Christ") that you start it by talking with the clergy

This guide was created to help our church family develop and love one another for who we really are (made in the image of God, and growing into the likeness of Christ.) It was first created first in 2013 and has been continually revised since then according to who we are and are becoming.

What the clergy can expect of you:

  • that you continue to cultivate a "partnership leadership" with them through the Bishop's Committee
  • that you attend worship regularly; and when you worship, that you come expecting to be in communion with God through the Word and Sacrament
  • that you give of your time, talent and treasure
  • that you directly go to someone if they "pinch" you and with in 24 hours address it, including Father Nathan

What you can expect of Father Nathan or Mother Marcia:

  • that they be present in our church life and ministry
  • that if Father Nathan or Mother Marcia are not leading worship because of other commitments or vacation, the Eucharist will be supplied by another priest in their place or with a service of Morning Prayer led by the Senior Warden.
  • that Father Nathan exercises his canonical authority, meaning he is in charge of worship and all ministries, the use and decoration of buildings and grounds, Chair of the Bishop's Committee, employer and manager of all other clergy and lay staff, coach of the Primary Ministry Team, responsible for all contractual agreements that Resurrection enters into, and serves as the official liaison with the lease and license holders of our campus.
  • that there are some things you can not expect of the clergy, such as starting ministries that you wish were happening in or with our church but are not at this time (provided it accords with our mission, Father Nathan can help you get it if the one you wish we had does not yet exist.)
  • that if you contact the clergy and ask to meet with them that they'll meet with you by appointment, most likely on a Sunday afternoon, weekday, or evening.