Welcome to Gathering Stones!
We are serious about being Faithful to God, the Scripture and one another!
What to Expect:
A welcoming and friendly atmosphere. We sing modern and edgy expressions of worship and contemporary expressions of hymns. A relevant and Bible centered message both confronts and encourages us to be the people of God!
Come early for the best seats (the back ones)and to allow time to check your children into the proper ‘KidZone’ area.
Commonly Asked Questions
What Ever Will I Wear???
All Services are ‘Come as You Are!’ We strive to create an authentic atmosphere of worship to God and an atmosphere of love and acceptance! Dress as you are most comfortable! If you dress to impress – you won’t ‘stick out’. If you wear shorts or jeans – you won’t stick out! Jesus invites us to come as we are – and we extend the same invitation!
After Finally getting the Family Ready to come to Church – we didn’t have time for breakfast!!!
Gathering Stones is pleased to serve Black Forest’s Best “R&R Coffee Cafe” in all Services! Expect the best assortment of Coffee, Hot Chocolate and Pastries. There is no charge! Consider this our gift to you. A donation canister is available in the cafe – but there is no obligation! Feel free to enjoy your fav. beverage in the Worship Center!
Children are served a snack during all services – ‘The Snack of the Day’ is clearly posted outside each classroom.
Why Didn’t we come to Gathering Stones sooner?
This is actually a ‘Frequently Asked Question’! We are thankful that people are discovering something special and becoming a part of what God is doing ‘in’ us and ‘with’ us as we grow together and see our lives and community changed.
Everyone is different and every church is different. And it can be very challenging to find the ‘right fit”. We openly tell people that we don’t have it all together – we’re far from perfect! We do hope & pray that everyone who worships with us will genuinely connect with God and others!
Who comes to Gathering Stones?
We humbly strive to be a faithful church in our community! Gathering Stones is made up of people as diverse as our diverse community! People who come from many different backgrounds, denominations and churches both small and very large. We also have many people who have never been to church or have only just recently started coming back to church. We do not exist to ‘borrow believers’ from other great churches! We exist to be a faithful church and to join God in His mission to redeem us and our world!
We celebrate Communion together at least once a month (unfermented juice is used).
We Baptize as often as there is opportunity! We love to celebrate and remember our own baptism with those who are being baptized!
Wedding bells in your future? We are happy to marry couples following at least 3 sessions of pre-marital counseling with one of our staff persons. Contact a staff member for more details and for scheduling.
Life Shaping – Potentially Life Altering!
Why does our Lead Pastor always introduce God’s Word as “Life Shaping – Potentially Life Altering”?
God’s Word not only offers ‘good advice’ about how to experience a ‘better’ life. Too often this is all we seek from God’s Word – just a little advice to ‘improve our lives’. The Good News, is just that: Good News! God’s Word has the ability to do much more than offer helpful advice, God desires to transform our lives and to offer what Jesus called: “The Fullness of Life!”
Does life need to look different for you? Have you tried to re-shape and alter your life with little or no ‘real’ and ‘lasting’ results? Come and join with family, neighbors, friends who are honestly seeking the Life of God! Not a life made a little ‘better’ – but the very Fullness of Life!
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10
Have ‘less commonly’ asked Questions?
We encourage you to visit first – most questions are resolved by a personal experience with Gathering Stones Church. A visit helps you see if Gathering Stones might be a ‘right fit’ for you and your family – and ask all the questions you like! However, you are always welcome to contact us with any questions you have anytime!
See ya this Weekend!
When Joshua became the new leader of God’s people, they had been wandering in the desert for the better part of a lifetime. A great majority of the Israelites who would cross the Jordan river and into the Promise Land, would have no personal memory of previous Egyptian slavery, much less memory of life before being enslaved. This was a group of people who desperately needed a name! They needed an identity, a sense of personhood, something that would connect them as a community in God.
The moment of God’s amazing deliverance from the hostile desert to the abundance of life of the Promise Land was nothing short of a miracle of biblical proportions! Joshua chapter 4 describes one of the most significant events in the history of Gods people.
Reflection is the better part of a champion. “When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, “Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe, and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan from right where the priests stood and to carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight.”
So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the Lord your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.”
So the Israelites did as Joshua commanded them. They took twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, as the Lord had told Joshua; and they carried them over with them to their camp, where they put them down. Joshua set up the twelve stones that had been in the middle of the Jordan at the spot where the priests who carried the ark of the covenant had stood. And they are there to this day.”
This miraculous event of the Israelites journey into the Promise Land would forever mark the identity of this community as a people delivered. However, God desired more than simply naming the identity of a group of people, God’s desire was that this community of people would continue to be shaped into the people of God.
The twelve stones that were brought ashore from the dried up Jordan would forever be a marker and symbol of God’s deliverance and love. Children would climb, slide and play on this unique monument in the community center and would wonder how and why these stones ended up here. The story would be told from generation to generation. Families who would have no personal memory of crossing the dried up Jordan into the Promise Land would continue to be shaped as a people who were graciously and mightily delivered. It would forever remind them of who they are as God’s people.
They would be told of a very foreign life of Egyptian slavery. And even as they lived a comfortable, blessed life of freedom to worship God and to live in the blessing of the Promise Land, they would never forget where they came from and it would shape who they are!
Our prayer is that this brand new churches name: Gathering Stones Community Church, will not only uniquely identify us from other amazing churches in a Google search, but that our name will continue to shape our lives and our community. We are a people who belong to the delivering, loving and gracious God who names and shapes us in holiness. We are Gathering Stones Community Church; we are a community centered in the life of God!