Our Beliefs

The Foundations of Faith United Methodist Church

The vision of Faith United Methodist Church is to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, lead people to Christ through our actions, teachings and examples, and provide spiritual instruction for all.  We will nurture the faithful and proclaim the love of God for all others and ourselves by promoting harmony among God's people, sustaining those who worship here, and communicating God's grade to the church, the community, and throughout the world.

Our Doctrinal Heritage

United Methodists profess the historic Christian faith in God, incarnate in Jesus Christ for our salvation and ever at work in human history in the Holy Spirit. Living in a covenant of grace under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, we participate in the first fruits of God's coming reign and pray in hope for its full realization on earth as in heaven.

Our heritage in doctrine and our present theological task focus upon a renewed grasp of the sovereignty of God and of God's love in Christ amid the continuing crises of human existence.

Our forebears in the faith reaffirmed the ancient Christian message as found in the apostolic witness even as they applied it anew in their own circumstances.

Their preaching and teaching were grounded in Scripture, informed by Christian tradition, enlivened in experience, and tested by reason.

Their labors inspire and inform our attempts to convey the saving gospel to our world with its needs and aspirations.

Our Doctrinal History

The pioneers in the traditions that flowed together into The United Methodist Church understood themselves as standing in the central stream of Christian spirituality and doctrine, loyal heirs of the authentic Christian tradition. In John Wesley's words, theirs was "the old religion, the religion of the Bible, the religion . . .of the whole church in the purest ages." Their gospel was grounded in the biblical message of God's self-giving love revealed in Jesus Christ.

Wesley's portrayal of the spiritual pilgrimage in terms of "the scripture way of salvation" provided their model for experiential Christianity. They assumed and insisted upon the integrity of basic Christian truth and emphasized its practical application in the lives of believers.

This perspective is apparent in the Wesleyan understanding of "catholic spirit." While it is true that United Methodists are fixed upon certain religious affirmations, grounded in the gospel and confirmed in their experience, they also recognize the right of Christians to disagree on matters such as forms of worship, structures of church government, modes of Baptism, or theological explorations. They believe such differences do not break the bond of fellowship that ties Christians together in Jesus Christ. Wesley's familiar dictum was, "As to all opinions which do not strike at the root of Christianity, we think and let think."

But, even as they were fully committed to the principles of religious toleration and theological diversity, they were equally confident that there is a "marrow" of Christian truth that can be identified and that must be conserved. This living core, as they believed, stands revealed in Scripture, illumined by tradition, vivified in personal and corporate experience, and confirmed by reason. They were very much aware, of course, that God's eternal Word never has been, nor can be, exhaustively expressed in any single form of words.

They were also prepared, as a matter of course, to reaffirm the ancient creeds and confessions as valid summaries of Christian truth. But they were careful not to set them apart as absolute standards for doctrinal truth and error.

Beyond the essentials of vital religion, United Methodists respect the diversity of opinions held by conscientious persons of faith. Wesley followed a time-tested approach: "In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; and in all things, charity."

The spirit of charity takes into consideration the limits of human understanding. "To be ignorant of many things and to be mistaken in some," Wesley observed, "is the necessary condition of humanity." The crucial matter in religion is steadfast love for God and neighbor, empowered by the redeeming and sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit.

Doctrinal Standards and General Rules

From The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church - 2004. Copyright 2004 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.

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Upcoming Events
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SUN
Health Care collection for Lent
See bulletin for health care items being collected.
NOAH's ARK Collection boxes
Take a box and fill it with available coins. Return on Easter Sunday. Money to Heifer
Order Easter flowers
Order forms can be found in the March Newsletter and in the bulletin
2 Worship Services through May 2019
9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
9:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
Sign up for Photo Session for Church Directory
9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Sign up in the Lobby on Sundays.
Photo Session dates: Wed. April 10 (2 pm-8pm)
Thurs., April 11 (2-8 PM)
Friday, April 12 (2-8 PM)
Saturday, April 13 (10:30 am-4 pm)
Scholarship Meeting for team members
12:15 PM
All team members please attend.
MAR

25

MON
Bazaar Workshop
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
All are welcome!
MAR

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TUE
Tutoring:Hedke (4-5 PM) & Anderson 4:45-5:45 PM
Help the elementary students at Hedke School for 1 hour each week from 4-5 PM and Tutor at Anderson School from 4:45-5:45 PM. Lots of Fun!!
Afternoon Delight gathering in the Parlor
2:00 PM
A gathering to get to know each other better. All are welcome.
MAR

27

WED
Chancel Choir
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
All are welcome to join our Chancel Choir. Weekly practices every Wednesday.
Card Making Group
6:30 PM
Meet in Compton Hall. All are welcome!
MAR

28

THU
Ministry at Cass Community
9:00 AM
Prepare and serve lunch to area residents at Cass. Depart from the church at 8:15 a.m. Contact Linda Cleaver for details
Faithful Ringers
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Come join our Bell Choir! No experience necessary.
Journey
6:30 PM
MAR

31

SUN
Health Care collection for Lent
See bulletin for health care items being collected.
NOAH's ARK Collection boxes
Take a box and fill it with available coins. Return on Easter Sunday. Money to Heifer
Order Easter flowers
Order forms can be found in the March Newsletter and in the bulletin
2 Worship Services through May 2019
9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
9:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
Sign up for Photo Session for Church Directory
9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Sign up in the Lobby on Sundays.
Photo Session dates: Wed. April 10 (2 pm-8pm)
Thurs., April 11 (2-8 PM)
Friday, April 12 (2-8 PM)
Saturday, April 13 (10:30 am-4 pm)
APR

01

MON
Bazaar Workshop
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
All are welcome!
Caregeiver Support Group
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Led by Rev. Grace Ann Beebe this support group meets in the lobby on the first Monday of each month.
APR

03

WED
Chancel Choir
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
All are welcome to join our Chancel Choir. Weekly practices every Wednesday.
Mission Dinner Soup Supper
6:30 PM
Collecting coffee, all types of paper products, tea, powdered drink mixes for Flat Rock Soup kitchen. There will be a guest speaker.
APR

04

THU
Faithful Ringers
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Come join our Bell Choir! No experience necessary.
Journey
6:30 PM
Bible Search