Lansing congregation is similar to an extended family. Within our
community, senior members are cherished, children are nurtured, youth
involved, parents are supported, and adults are nourished.
Our worship at 10 AM on Sundays is informal, participatory, and
Childcare is provided for toddlers and preschoolers during
We provide interactive Sunday school classes for children, youth, and
September through May.
We are known in the community for our commitments to peace and justice.
In the past 20 years, the Lansing congregation has
shared our sanctuary
with three other congregations who have rented the space for their own
worship. For some of that time there were 3 congregations
at different times on Sundays.
the 70's the congregation
settled refugees from Southeast Asia and was active in the movement for
the 80's we provided
sanctuary for a large family from El Salvador.
the 90's when Rich
Buckwalter, our co-pastor, was diagnosed with ALS, the congregation
parsonages and put an elevator in the church building to make it
for wheel-chair users and others. During that decade we also
the Supportive Congregations
Network as publicly accepting and affirming of persons with a
the 2000's, many of our members worked with a local shelter for the
homeless. Several were active in Disaster Childcare both locally
and nationally. One member was in New York City doing childcare
for three weeks after the September 11 attack. We frequently
sponsored disadvantaged children for a week at Camp Brethren Heights.
The Lansing congregation first met as an independent entity on October
7, 1928, following several years as a part of the Sunfield
The congregation's first church building was located at 1229 E.
St. and was purchased from the German Baptists. The current
on the corner of S. Washington and Loa Streets was constructed in 1952.