What to Expect

What to Expect

Pastor William Ilnisky

Welcome Message


9:00 – 9:45 A.M.

This important ministry helps us to connect with each other in an informal setting – we greet old friends and welcome visitors to our church community.  All are welcome.

 

We took sweet fellowship together. We walked in God’s house with company.”- Psalms 55:14


 We are a church with a VISION of community, hope and change!

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FRIENDLY

LCCI strives to be a ‘visitor friendly’ church. Since many of our members were at one time visitors themselves, we know how it feels on a first visit. We aim to treat others the way we want to be treated, like Jesus said (Matthew 7:12). You will not be singled out, made to give any ‘testimony,’ or in any other way made to feel embarrassed. The services are simple, reverent, practical, and meaningful.

Should I bring my Bible?

We encourage you to bring your Bible in whatever format is most comfortable for you. Many join us for weekend gatherings and read scriptures from their smartphone mobile device. We also display important points and scriptures on the overhead screens, and occasionally supply an outline.

How should I dress?

Come As You Are. For some, this means jeans and t-shirts; for others, a suit and a tie. We have no dress code. We’re genuinely interested in you, not your attire. When you visit us, we want you to feel right at home whether you’ve gone to church your whole life or you’re not so sure about church. Come with an open heart, ready to worship.

What is there for children and youth?

Children and youth participate in an active worship experience for 30-minutes and then are invited to our Children’s department experience. At LCCI we believe that children of all ages have a place in worship and in the life of the church. Each Sunday morning the whole church family gathers to worship together. Don’t worry if your children wiggle – children are naturally active and their energy enriches our worship of the God who gives us life. If you need assistance, please ask our greeters or ushers.

What to expect when visiting an Assemblies of God church.

Variety … that’s what you’ll find when you visit our services. But one thing you should expect in every Assemblies of God church is a personal, uplifting worship experience. Our services are geared for participation. We typically worship as we live, with enthusiasm.

Worship experience

The service may include quiet times of waiting in God’s presence, spiritually savoring the sacred atmosphere.

Other times may be vocal with collective praise as worshipers are invited to spontaneously express love and adoration to God.

In everything, a flow of worship should be evident and, despite the spontaneity and excitement, a certain properness and order.  Worship styles will reflect the spectrum of personalities. Some are quiet and reserved; some shout with joy; others are simply tender and openly emotional during times of praise or preaching.

No sincere worshipper need feel out of place in LCCI’s worship service. And each expression will blend without disruption into the flow of worship.

WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU PLAY

The music is led by our Worship Team. We strive to use great music to praise our great God, with a blend of contemporary music, hymns, and original songs. In addition to singing both traditional hymns and modern worship songs, we have times of “singing in the spirit” when congregants participate in simultaneous, personal expressions of worship to the Lord.

Prayer

A special time in the service is devoted to prayer. Needs from inside and outside the church family frequently are made known.

The congregation prays together. All may pray aloud but conclude with a single voice, the worship leader or other designated person praying in behalf of all.

Ministry to the sick

As in the New Testament, specific prayer may be offered for the sick. They will be invited forward to be anointed with oil (James 5:13-16) and/or have the ministers, leaders or other believers lay hands on them and pray (Mark 16:18).

Giving

During the service, tithes and offerings will be received. More than a collection to pay church bills, this too is worship.

Our members feel giving the tithe (the first tenth of income) and offerings declares that God comes first. It recognizes His blessing, expresses faith and seeks His guidance in every matter in life.

The ministries of the local church and globe-encircling work of the Assemblies of God are supported solely by free-will giving. However, visitors need not feel obligated to give.

Am I expected to put money in the offering?
Do I have to participate in a financial offering?

If you are visiting with us, we don’t expect you to put money in the offering, and you are welcome to just let it pass you by. If you consider East Hill your church home, we’d love for you to prayerfully consider giving to East Hill. You can give by check or cash during the service, or you can set-up an online giving account here.

 Challenging messages

The climax of the service comes with the preaching of God’s Word, the Bible, and an invitation for hearers to respond. The messages are fervent, inspiring and practical.

The pastor or speaker may close with an invitation for those who need forgiveness in their lives to come forward and accept Christ as Savior. Those who feel a need to rededicate their lives to Christ or to pray about other concerns are also invited to come. Believers are urged to ask God for the baptism in the Holy Spirit to further empower them for Christian service. Often everyone is invited to come pray during the altar service.

Deep emotion and excitement may or may not be demonstrated at the altars, but everyone who calls on God in faith receives something.

If you’ve wondered what a Pentecostal service is like, we invite you to observe and experience God’s joy and peace that defy description. And when you visit again, come expecting. Expect a move of God not only in the service, but also in your life. We think you’ll agree that the comfort, help and strength He gives are better experienced than explained.

 Do you serve Communion?

Communion is available during every Sunday worship service for anyone who desires to include that in their worship experience.

 

If you’ve wondered what a Pentecostal service is like, we invite you to observe and experience God’s joy and peace that defy description. And when you visit again, come expecting. Expect a move of God not only in the service, but also in your life. We think you’ll agree that the comfort, help and strength He gives are better experienced than explained.