The “Top Ten” Frequently asked questions about Boise First United Methodist Church — The Cathedral of the Rockies
1. Why is The Cathedral growing?
The Holy Spirit is at work here and many gracious and faithful people are responding to God’s Spirit.
2. How do I find out what’s going on at The Cathedral?
Through regular attendance , the website and the Good News newsletter, you will keep up with a lot that is happening at The Cathedral. Always feel free to call the church office at 343-7511 for any questions. You can also join our Facebook page! Stop by the Hospitality Desk and ask for a visitor packet the next time you are at the church, or we’ll be happy to send you one in the mail.
3. The Cathedral seems so big…will I get lost in the crowds?
The Cathedral is a big church. This is a blessing in many ways because we are able to offer a variety of programs and ministries to fit the needs of each person. It’s amazing how fast a church of this size shrinks when you get to know a small group of people who share your interests and are seeking to grow in their faith.
4. How do I get involved with choir, bells or other musical groups?
Call 343.7511 Director of Music, Dr. Paul Aitken, Matt Roos, Director of Disciples in Denim, or Marc Herring, Director of 11:30am worship or Michelle Pedersen, Director of Children’s Music. We have traditional and contemporary music groups for all ages that are fun and challenging.
5. How do I join Sunday School or a Small Group?
We believe that Christian Education and spiritual growth through Small Groups is vital for people of all ages so that each person is able to make informed decisions and grow in their faith. No matter where you are on your journey of faith, there is a place for you here. For information and e-mail addresses for our program staff, click here.
Program Ministries Staff:
- Missions and Outreach – Cindy Todeschi
- Children’s Ministries – Jane McLaughlin
- Adult Discipleship – Jenny Willison
- Youth Ministry – Ric Shewell
- Nursery – Andee Stockton
6. What are the beliefs of Methodism?
We believe in a grace filled Creator God, in Jesus Christ, God’s divine gift to the earth, and in the Holy Spirit, God’s gift to all people to encourage and strengthen us as we grow in our faith. We believe God loves all people, forgives all people and is directly available to all people through prayer. Brochures about United Methodist beliefs are available at the Hospitality Desk. For further information about the United Methodist Church, please go to: www.umc.org.
7. How do I get involved at The Cathedral?
Each Sunday, opportunities to know, love and serve God are offered in the bulletin for you to sign and turn in. You will be contacted by the program ministry staff with details. You can also e-mail any of the church staff to find out more about how you can serve and grow in your faith. Everything offered at The Cathedral is open to anyone who would like to participate, newcomers and members alike.
8. What is expected of members? There are 4 expectations of members:
- Seek to worship routinely.
- Strive to continue to grow in your faith.
- Look for ways to serve God through ministry.
- Give in proportion to your income to God through the church.
9. How do you join The Cathedral?
If you are considering membership at The Cathedral of the Rockies, the first step is to attend Coffee with the Pastor. Coffee with the Pastor sessions occur approximately six times a year. The sessions are relaxed and informative and usually last about one hour and are held in the Bishop’s Lounge on Sundays at 12:30pm. At Coffee with the Pastor you’ll learn more about the church, get to know our pastors and staff and review what it means to be a member of this congregation of the United Methodist Church. Near the end of the session, there will be a short joining ceremony for those who decide to become a member. Childcare is available for children up through 5th grade. Our nursery is located downstairs. Follow the signs from the Main Entrance into the building, or use the elevator around the corner to the right from the stairway. The 2013 Coffee with the Pastor sessions will be held January 27, March 24, May 26, July 28, September 22, and November 24, at 12:30pm in the Bishop’s Lounge. If you’d like to attend, please let us know by calling Cindy Todeschi, Director of Outreach at 343-7511 ext. 253 or by e-mailing Cindy at firstname.lastname@example.org. By attending a session, you are under no obligation to join.
The following questions are those asked at membership:
- Do you, in the presence of God and this congregation, renew the vow and promise made at your baptism?
- Do you truly want to be transformed by God into a faithful disciple of Christ Jesus?
- Do you believe in God our Creator, Christ our Redeemer and in the Holy Spirit our Sustainer?
- Do you believe and profess the Christian faith as contained in the Scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments?
- Do you promise, according to the grace given you, to keep God’s holy will and commandments and walk in the same all the days of your life as faithful members of Christ’s holy church?
- Will you be loyal to Jesus Christ through this congregation of the United Methodist Church and uphold it by your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your witness and your service?
10. What’s the difference between the services?
Our worship services are designed to help us experience the transformational power of God’s grace and to give thanks to God for the wonderful gift of Jesus Christ. Senior Pastor Duane Anders preaches at the 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 and 11:30am services.
9:00am Traditional service in the Sanctuary with pipe organ and orchestra. Children & youth choirs combine with bell choirs and other ensembles to lift liturgy to a new level of relevant worship.
10:00am Blue Jeans worship in the Emmaus Center is upbeat with a band playing a mix of rock, folk, and contemporary Christian music. Bring your coffee and enjoy the Spirit!
11:00am Traditional service in the Sanctuary featuring pipe organ, orchestra and choir. Children’s choirs, handbells, and a children’s message offer a wonderful environment for inter-generational worship.
11:30am Contemporary service in the Emmaus Center. The relaxed atmosphere generates a community feeling with praise and dynamic music. Communion served weekly.
Communion is served on the first Sunday of the month at all morning worship services, the third Sunday of the month after the 9, 10 and 11am worship services in the Cana Chapel, and each Sunday during the 11:30am service.
Baptism classes are held in the upstairs conference room on the second Sunday of each month at 12:00pm. Classes are not required for Baptism, but a pastor is available to answer any questions you may have. Please feel free to e-mail or call Nancy Troy at 343-7511, ext. 225 for more information about Baptism.
The Cathedral of the Rockies, a place of promise and hope!