OUR STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe in one God, creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.
We believe that God has spoken in the scriptures, both old and new testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God's saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.
We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one person in two natures. Jesus-Israel's promised Messiah was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our high priest and advocate.
We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.
We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.
We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God's grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which he is the head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed of only believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord's supper, which visibly and tangibly express the Gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
We believe that God's justifying grace must not be separated from his sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God's word, the Spirit's power, and fervent prayer in Christ's name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ's commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the Gospel in word and deed.
We believe in the personal, bodily and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.
We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the Gospel by turning to him in repentance and receiving the lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new Heaven and the new Earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.
A BREIF HISTORY OF YACOLT COMMUNITY CHURCH
In the 1950’s several families from the Yacolt area attended Charter Oak Community Church near Battle Ground. They realized a need to begin a church ministry in Yacolt. Alton (Mac) McDaniel was driving the Charter Oak Sunday school bus and was picking up many children in and around Yacolt. In 1959 Herbert King and his wife of Charter Oak started children’s and youth meetings in homes in the area, with an average attendance of 15. This continued until Easter Sunday, April 17, 1960, when regular Sunday Services started in the old Eaton Grocery Store on Yacolt Street.
In October of 1960, Rev. Peter Wiebe from Alberni, B.C. came to view the situation and decided to help with the work during the winter months. An evening service and prayer meeting were started and visitation work began. In February 1961 the Charter Oak Church gave Pastor Wiebe a call to act as Pastor in the Yacolt Church. The Wiebe family moved to Yacolt in July of that year.
In January of 1962 the church became self-governing, separate from the Charter Oak Church. Later that year the church was incorporated. Lots were purchased, and on July 22, 1962, ground-breaking for the new building at the corner of Cushman and Johnson was held. The first meeting was held in the new facility on October 2, 1962. As the church grew, often seminary students from Western would be called on as part-time pastor while they completed their studies. The work was too small to be able to support a full-time pastor so that is why there were 15 different pastors in the first 25 years.
In 1986 the church purchased two more lots at the corner of Cushman and Jones for parking lot enlargement and possible future building expansion. That same year the church hired their first full-time Pastor.
In 1994 the church began a gym addition to enhance church ministries to the community by supporting youth and Awana programs. Once it was finished and the entire building carpeted, we had outgrown the chapel and moved our Sunday services into the multipurpose room. The church experienced slow but steady growth. Two years later the gym addition was completed and debt free. The program for kids steadily grew and the gym was used more.
Yacolt Community Church owns 12.5 acres of property just west of the North Clark Little League ball fields. Right now we are waiting to see what God’s plans would be to fulfill the mission that God has called us to, reaching the families of this community. We hope someday to build a new church facility to reach many more lives for Jesus in this Yacolt valley.
BUILDING BY FAITH
YCC has grown to over 200 in our Sunday service. Our ministries include healthy worship, classes for adults and children, youth group, growth groups and more, as well as extensive community outreach. Our facilities are crowded in spite of steps taken to maximize the space we have.
PLEASE SAY YES!
YCC's sixty year history demonstrates God's faithfulness. It demonstrates also the necessity of one hundred percent involvement on the part of the church family. Please pray for the church throughout this campaign. Stay informed. Say "yes!" when invited to play a part in the campaign.