Our Beliefs & Values
We are a welcoming Christian fellowship who celebrate and share God’s love with everyone.
We seek a closer relationship with Jesus Christ. Inspired by His example, we strive to be God’s hands in this world. Empowered by God’s word, we proclaim the Gospel and serve through worship, study, mission, and community support.
Who We Are
Welcome to this United Methodist congregation! It is one of the nearly 35,000 similar congregations spread across the United States, which, together, make up the United Methodist Church.
United Methodism is a uniquely diverse denomination and it is almost impossible to characterize either a “typical” congregation or an “average” United Methodist. We are the most ethnically and socially diverse and the most evenly distributed denomination in America. With only minor exception, every town of at least two thousand people in America has one or more United Methodist congregations.
While this diversity sometimes gives us identity problems, it remains one of our greatest strengths. Whatever your needs or interests, there is a United Methodist congregation for you. No matter what our surface differences may be, we are all members of God’s family. We are brothers and sisters who love the same God and our differences genuinely allow us to be more creative and flexible in our response to God’s call.
–Excerpt from United Methodist Visitor’s Booklet by Ron Kerr
What We Believe
Our United Methodist heritage is rooted in a deep and profound understanding of God’s grace. This incredible grace flows from God’s great love for us. Did you have to memorize John 3:16 in Sunday school when you were a child? There was a good reason. This one verse summarizes the gospel: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, described God’s grace as threefold: prevenient grace, justifying grace, and sanctifying grace.
United Methodists insist that faith and good works belong together. What we believe must be confirmed by what we do. Personal salvation must be expressed in ministry and mission in the world. We believe that Christian doctrine and Christian ethics are inseparable, that faith should inspire service. The integration of personal piety and social holiness has been a hallmark of our tradition. We affirm the biblical precept that “faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead” James 2:17