ABOUT COMMUNITY CHURCH
God is Still Speaking . . .
The Mission of our church is to join with God and each other,
To work together providing an environment open for all to serve God though worship, prayer, education, music and fellowship;
To develop Christian values and support one another as we share life's experiences;
To respond with compassion to the needs of others;
To strive for truth, justice and peace;
And to do this in the love of Jesus Christ while striving to do the will of God, as we understand it, in all things.
The Community Church of Atascadero declares itself to be a part of the Peace with Justice Movement. We commit our congregation to:
1. The advocacy of peace and justice, realizing that one is not possible without the other; and
2. A ministry which empowers our members to work actively toward peace with justice. This declaration will be implemented through spiritual witness, education, stewardship of resources, organizing and action. (Adopted June 1988)
The church declares itself to be an Open and Affirming Church. We seek to be a community of Christian believers and as our name suggests, we are challenged to respect and work through one another's differences.
As Paul wrote to the Galatians,
" In Christ there is no longer Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for all are one" ... (Galatians 3:28)
We welcome all individuals and families, be they heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender [LGBT welcoming]; be they single parents, couples, nuclear, blended, extended or stepparents – as they strive to function faithfully in response to God’s Spirit and guided by responsibility, accountability, trust and mutual nurturance. We acknowledge God's gift of sexuality with it's joyous power and challenging mystery. We believe that people of all sexual orientations share the worth that comes from being unique individuals created by God. We will continue to reach out to those who feel they have been exiled from their spiritual community or the community at large.The Community Church of Atascadero, California, United Church of Christ, declares itself to be open and affirming of women and men of all ages, races, abilities and sexual orientation who desire to share in its services, its leadership and its activities. (Amended November 2016)
What is Worship Like at Community Church?
We are a warm and welcoming congregation!
We have an informal worship style
We do not claim to have the answers, but welcome questioners
We have a progressive approach to Christianity
We enjoy a variety of musical styles
Our worship includes a balance of exuberance and contemplation
There is no dress code
Children are welcome - in the service, or at our Sunday School
The Community Church of Atascadero began as the Federated Church of Atascadero July 18, 1915, with five people in attendance. Over the next several decades the church changed names and location several times, but the original concept of an active, community-oriented church still was part of the day-to-day life of the congregation.
The Atascadero Federated Church was founded as a single church to serve all. This was the popular wish of those residing in the colony, regardless of what their affiliation may have been.
In this way, all could assemble in common inspiration: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." (Luke 10:27)
After moving into the new sanctuary in 1950 the church has been a busy place of worship in addition to being a very socially-active church in the community. For almost 30 years Fellowship Hall was the site of Red Cross Blood drives until the blood bank stopped being a non-profit organization and could no longer be housed in a church building.
The church basement is currently the meeting place for Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous (3 groups). Today we are affiliated with the United Church of Christ (UCC), plus serve as a Peace with Justice Movement church as well as an Open and Affirming church. We have an active fellowship of people dedicated to living the Word of Christ.
2015 is our 100th year!