Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Do I have to dress up?
You're welcome to come as you are. There are some who wear suits dresses, skirts, leggings, jeans or khakis.
Will I be pressured to give?
Please don't feel obligated to give. Our focus is on worshiping Jesus. "Worship" involves communicating with God from our hearts. Come to Worship God.
Do you expect me to give to the offering?
No. We expect our guests to give to our offering only if they feel led to do so. We believe that God has called all believers to give a portion of their time and money to Him, as all that we have belongs to our Eternal Father. However, how much or what a person gives is between that person and God.
What if I'm not even sure I believe in God?
You're asking the right question. This means your searching. If you haven't made a decision to accept Christ, but would like to know more attending services is a good start.
What if I unknowingly sit in somebody's seat?
Don't worry about it. Sit wherever you want, no one has a claim on a seat. The front pews are normally where the Deacons are seated to be near the Pastor for support.
Do you have anything for my children?
Yes. Click on "Weekly Schedule" to learn what programs are available during the week. All the adults working with our children have ACT 34 clearances.
I require a wheel chair, will I be able to attend?
Yes. The main entrance has two steps. However, we have two ramps on the east side and west side of the church. The sanctuary is located on the main floor. The dining hall and meeting area are accessible via the chair lifts.
What is your Sunday schedule?
Worship service starts at 11:00 a.m. We have both online and in person worship available. Visit our Facebook page for Live Streaming to watch from home. Find the right fit for you and your family.
Can I watch service online?
Yes. Our sermons are streamed online via Facebook Live Stream every Sunday at 11:00 a.m.
How loud is the music?
During service, Pastor actively monitors the sound levels during each service. Our speakers are positioned in the front of the church facing outward. If the music is too loud for you, you may want to sit in the middle pews, back pews or in the balcony. Unfortunately, there is not one, easy solution especially, when the spirit moves you.
How do you maintain proper sanitation and hygiene?
We clean and disinfect any regularly touched surface areas according to CDC guidelines. We also have a cleaning service from Ohio clean the Sanctuary. At the entrance of the church we provide hand sanitizer.
Do you screen for COVID-19 symptoms?
Yes. We work closely with our local public health department. In fact, we will be having a free vaccination clinic here for the unvaccinated on January 22, 2022, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
We try to ensure that our members and guests attending in person services are safe. Staff and volunteers are present in the main entrance to take temperatures before entering the church with a noncontact thermometer.
Any individual with a temperature of 100.5 degrees Fahrenheit or higher are asked to seek medical attention and encouraged to watch our online Live Stream on Facebook.
If some has a known case of COVID-19 we ask that they self-quarantine and immediately notify local health officials. We also encourage you to watch our online Live Stream on Facebook.
Do you follow any other Covid 19 protocols?
Yes. Masks or other face coverings are highly recommended for people over the age of 3. However, while seated you can remove your mask. For members and guests safety, at this time, we have removed any shared objects such as bibles, hymnals, announcements, and bulletins from the pews. We welcome you to bring your own bibles.
Is your church located in a safe neighborhood?
We live in a world where school shootings, sex/human trafficking, and other senseless acts of gun violence. One thing we have learned in the past few years is that violence can occur anywhere and in any family. The question is, are we prepared and what do we have in place if there is a crisis?
We are located in a neighborhood that has had it's ups and downs. Morning Star and its members have always been welcomed. We are aware of any potential risks within the community. To ensure a safe church environment, the leadership teams are trained and assigned roles in the church. We have trained medical professionals and members with military backgrounds. Our ushers are assigned specific duties once service starts. Any unlocked doors are identified and monitored. All other entrances are inaccessible from inside and outside of the church. Exit doors remain unlocked from the inside due to City codes.
I have so many questions about denominations, abortion, premarital sex, homosexuality, etc.
Please take a moment to read "What we Believe". We also invite you to worship with us. Learn how to read and understand the bible. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV
I have done a lot of bad things in my life. Will you judge me or call me out in front of everyone?
It is virtually impossible to love someone and judge someone at the same time. In Matthew 7:1-5, Jesus told us not to judge. 7 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
I'm of a different race. Will I be welcomed?
Yes!, If churchgoers trusted only the people they knew, “somehow we would lose what it means to be a Christian.” says Eddie Glaude Jr., a professor of religion and African American studies at Princeton University.
What does the saying "come as you are mean?"
An invitation to attend something without making changes to or otherwise hiding your usual or natural self. Sometimes well-meaning Christians tell people that they have to “clean up their lives” before God will accept them, but that is not what we see in Scripture. When speaking to the woman at the well who was living with a man she was not married to (John 4:1–26), Jesus addressed the fact of her sin, then offered her the salvation she needed. Again, when the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1–11) was brought before Jesus, He told her, “Go, and sin no more.” The sin was never excused or ignored, but forgiveness was offered to anyone who recognized his sin and was willing to confess and forsake it. God certainly expects us to leave our sin, but that comes as a part of our salvation, not as a prerequisite. We are not able to clean ourselves up without God’s help.
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Can you tithe without attending a church?
If you don’t have a church home you can send an offering if the service feeds you spiritually or as God leads you to do, ask God to lead you to a church that will feed you spiritually.
What if I have a problem with people in the church?
We’ve searched for answers to this question, and found that people leave churches because they have a hard time getting along with one another. Other reasons are, they don’t agree with someone in the membership or the Pastors teachings, they don’t understand their specific role or office in the church or they have become stagnant in their spiritual walk. Stagnant meaning being stuck in the past and unable to move forward (“We use to do it this way”, “I remember when…”, “Why she wear that”). All relationships will have conflicts and go through trials and tribulations. What’s important is how you deal or manage them. If you have a conflict with someone, my suggestion is to go directly to that person. Don’t allow anger and frustration to fester then consume you and spread to others. This will not end well for either party. It will only create strife in the church.
Jesus commands us to:
“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector”. Matthew 18:15-17 (ESV)
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. John 13:34 (ESV)
What if I don't have transportation?
One of the good things about living in a small city is the access to transportation services. However, you don't need to worry about how to get back and forth to church. We offer free transportation through our Van Ministry to attend Sunday Morning Service. We only ask that you contact the service no later than Saturday to arrange to be picked up for Sunday morning service. This allows our van driver time to plan for timely pickups.