|Our Pastor: Rev. Kim E. Kie Manion|
What to Expect on Sunday mornings
You'll be greeted warmly when you arrive. Worship starts at 10 am. Our music includes traditional hymns played on the organ and contepmprary Chrsitian music played by the band. We encourage congregational singing--words are printed on the screen and hymnals are available in the pews. The children are invited to share a moment with the Pastor or a church member as we learn about our faith before they head off to Sunday School -- we offer nursery care and classes for pre-kindergarten through high school. Holy Communion is celebrated the first Sunday of each month -- all are welcome -- no need to be a member of a church to receive the gift of God's grace. Our Pastor connects the scripture to our lives and helps us see God's work among us through her preaching. We pray for one another and the world. We collect an offering to support our ministry and the work of the United Methodist Church. When worship is over, our service begins as we return to the world to share God's love and grace. But before you leave the building, join us from coffee, snacks and converstion in Faith Hall.
What We Believe
Common Christian Heritage
1. We believe that God created us to live in covenant with God. As sinful creatures, we have broken this covenant and have become estranged from God. But, because God truly loves us, God acted through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ to bring us salvation and the hope of eternal life.
2. God's love comes alive in us by the work of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit works both in our personal experience and within the life of the church.
3. We are part of Christ's universal church. We enter the church through baptism. In Holy Communion, we celebrate the presence of Christ and find strength to live as disciples.
4. We believe that the reign of God is both a present and future reality. This prospect gives us hope in our present actions.
5. We believe that the Scriptures contain everything necessary for salvation. We believe in justification by grace through faith in Christ and in general ministry of all Christians.
6. We believe that the church is one in Jesus Christ. We express our unity in hymns and liturgy and the historic creeds, and in the belief in one holy, catholic and apostolic church.
Our Methodist Heritage
As United Methodists, however, we do have distinctive emphases on:
Prevenient Grace: God's love surrounds us, even before we are aware of it. It leads us to want to please God, to discover God's will and to an awareness of our sin.
Justification & Assurance: God reaches out to the repentant believer with accepting and pardoning love. Through faith in Jesus Christ, we are justified - forgiven and restored to God's favor. This experience of conversion can be sudden and dramatic, or gradual. Wesleyan theology emphasizes that we can know we are saved.
Sanctification & Perfection: God's sanctifying grace helps us to grow more loving toward God and our neighbors, drawing us toward God's gift of Christian perfection - being perfect in love.
Faith & Good Works: Faith in God's redeeming work in Jesus Christ is the only response to God's love we need. However, we express our salvation in good works - sharing God's love with others.
Mission & Service: Salvation always involves Christian mission and service to the world. Personal religion, evangelical witness and social action go hand-in-hand and build on each other.
Nature & Mission of the Church: The church nurtures our personal faith and equips us for mission and service in the world.
As United Methodists, we always strive to live by our General Rules:
1. Do no harm; avoid evil of every kind.
2. Do all the good you can, as far as possible, to all persons.
3. Attend the ordinances of God (or "stay in love with God") :
• Public worship
•The ministry of the Word
•The Lord's Supper
•Family and private prayer
•Searching the Scriptures
•Fasting or abstinence