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â€śSalem Ebenezerâ€ť means â€śpeaceâ€ť and â€śrock of help.â€ť Our German Reformed ancestors found Godâ€™s peace and His constant rock of help as they established this congregation in 1848.
â€śReformedâ€ť identifies us as members of the Reformed Church in the U.S. (RCUS), whose roots go back to the 16th Century Protestant Reformation. God raised up men like Luther, Zwingli, Knox, and Calvin, who reformed the Church according to the Word of God alone. They recaptured the eternal truths that Christ alone is our full Savior, Who saves us by grace alone through faith alone, all to the glory of God alone.
â€śChurchâ€ť identifies us as a congregation of believers in a specific location, who have Jesus Christ as our Head and leader. Our authority in all matters comes from Him, through His teachings as found in the 66 books of the Holy Bible. Every word of these books is without error and inspired by God Himself.
Ours is a faith which knows that we need the Lordâ€™s help. One thing every member has in common is that our sin and misery are great. Our only comfort in life and in death is that we are redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ. He paid the full price for our sins. Now He renews our hearts through His Holy Spirit, so that we can go forth and live lives that are thankful to God for our redemption. This is the basic message of Godâ€™s Word, and those holy words are faithfully summarized by our doctrinal standards: the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession and the Canons of Dort. These identify us as not only united to other congregations in our particular denomination, but to Christians throughout the ages who have understood the Biblical faith in terms of our precious Reformed doctrine.
We invite you and urge you to join us as we worship and praise our awesome God each Lordâ€™s Day. We have only one purpose in coming to youâ€“to tell you of the salvation that God has given in Jesus Christ, so you too may have the peace and joy that God has given us. We are Christians today because someone, at some time, told us the Good News. For that same purpose we come to you.