As a United Methodist Church, we exist to fulfill our mission which is "to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world." To make disciples, we reach out and receive people; help them build a relationship with God; nurture and strengthen them in the Christian faith
Events and churches have long gone together because church families enjoy time together. Events provide great fellowship for the congregation and the community. So, whether it is the church picnic or a pot luck supper, we see our church calendar as being a vital part of the life of our church.
As a church community, we are called to be a community of prayer. We are called to be a body of people who continually pray for God’s blessing on one other, and on our ministry. Prayer defines who we are. It mirrors the very way we approach all areas of our life together
What if church was a way of life, rather than simply a place to go on Sundays? That’s what rethinking church is all about.
How can we Rethink Church as an out-of-building 365 days-a-year experience?
How can we help others to find a spiritual journey to call their own? By showing that there isn't just one door into the church, but thousands of doors through which a person can become engaged.
Rethink Church calls us to explore new ways to reach today's seekers (especially young adult seekers) through media relevant to their day and culture.
As Christ found the right format for the sharing the message of God's Kingdom, so we believe that rethinking church for an audience living in a digital, on demand world will help us make disciples of a new generation.
Rethink Church is not another program, but hopefully will become a movement that would make Jesus proud Woodbury UMC.
“The current divide in our United Methodist Church over homosexuality breaks my heart,” says former bishop Richard Wilke . “Allowing this issue to separate us seems incomprehensible.”
In the video, posted here Wilke says the UMC shouldn’t divide over what he calls a “few misunderstood passages of Scripture.” Instead, he appeals to fellow Christians to help “find a way forward to heal” and to “create a loving and inclusive community of faith.
” Due to his “big-picture grasp of the Bible,” the bishop concludes “just how insignificant these few passages are.”
As if preparing for the inevitable criticism, Wilke adds: “How can I say anything in the Bible is insignificant? Because not all passages in the Bible were created equal.
Wilke points to Jesus’ deliberate focus on “marginalized” people. During his ministry, Jesus “upended all convention” by embracing the demon-possessed, prostitutes, lepers, and Samaritans. “The hatred and condemnation of others all seems to be the very opposite of both the action and the teachings of Jesus,” says Wilke.
Woodbury UMC provides online giving or those of you who wish to have your offerings transferred electronically to the church’s account.
Electronic Giving makes life easier for you and yields significant benefits for our church.
Here is how it works: You authorize a specific amount of money to be electronically transferred directly from your checking, savings, or credit card account to the church’s account. You also specify the frequency of the transfer. Of course, you can cancel your authorization at any time.
Your online giving offering will be posted to your account just the same as if you had written a check or used cash. We are provided a transaction report listing names, dates, and amounts. Funds are automatically deposited into our bank account.
You may choose to direct your offering to the church budget, to the building funds, or any other church mission project or fund