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
OCT

14

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

15

TUE
UMW Painting Party
6:30 PM
Join the FUN as Laura Trosien leads the group in creating a fall painting. Sign up in the corner lobby as limited seats are available for this event. Details in the October issue of Faith Connections.
OCT

16

WED
JOY Lunch at Leo's Coney Island in Woodhaven
11:30 AM
If you enjoy eating with Great Company, you are invited! Hope you will join us in Woodhaven this month.
Chancel Choir
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
All are welcome to join our Chancel Choir. Weekly practices every Wednesday.
OCT

17

THU
Quilters Group
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Our Quilters group meet once a month to stitck and laugh together! All are welcome.
Book Study Group meet
1:00 PM
This Book Study group meet at Faith UMC in the Youth Room (Lower Level) every 3rd Thursday of the month. See BJ Williams for book title and details.
Faithful Ringers
6:00 PM
Join our bell choir!
Journey Group
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Prayer Shawl Group
7:00 PM
All are welcome! This group makes blankets and covers for our shut in, folks in the hospital, baptisms, etc. If you enjoy this type of craft ministry please join us!
OCT

18

FRI
Ladies Movie Night
6:30 PM
All are Welcome! See Kay Korns for monthly movie title.
OCT

19

SAT
Greater Detroit District UMW Meeting
8:30 AM
Location: Detroit Central UMC. See Kay Korns for complete details.
OCT

20

SUN
Joyful Noise Rehearsal after worship service
Rehearsals held in the sanctuary after the 10 a.m. (summer)or 11:00 a.m. (fall/winter) worship service.
Two Worship Services (9:30 and 11 a.m.)
Our two-worship service schedule begins
Youth FUELED BY FAITH Wreath fundraiser
Purchase Christmas wreaths and decorations from our youth group this month and proceeds will go to our mission trip in 2020. See Cheryl Lentner, Youth Coordinator, for order forms and complete details.
Operation Christmas Child Fundraiser
Fundraiser provided by our YOUTH FUELED BY FAITH Youth Groups. See Cheryl Lentner, Youth Coordinator, for complete details
Poinsettia orders taken
Order forms in the bulletin. See Vivian Gearhart for complete details.
Youth Band
10:20 AM to 11:00 AM
Calling all teens. We need you for our Youth Praise band. All are welcome!
High School Youth Group meet
12:30 PM
Calling all teens in grades 9-12! Our Youth group meets on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month at 12:30 p.m. and YOU are invited!
OCT

21

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

23

WED
Chancel Choir
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
All are welcome to join our Chancel Choir. Weekly practices every Wednesday.
OCT

24

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
Join our bell choir!
Journey Group
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Prayer Shawl Group
7:00 PM
All are welcome! This group makes blankets and covers for our shut in, folks in the hospital, baptisms, etc. If you enjoy this type of craft ministry please join us!
OCT

25

FRI
UMW Leadership Training
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Howell
OCT

26

SAT
OCT

27

SUN
Joyful Noise Rehearsal after worship service
Rehearsals held in the sanctuary after the 10 a.m. (summer)or 11:00 a.m. (fall/winter) worship service.
Two Worship Services (9:30 and 11 a.m.)
Our two-worship service schedule begins
Youth FUELED BY FAITH Wreath fundraiser
Purchase Christmas wreaths and decorations from our youth group this month and proceeds will go to our mission trip in 2020. See Cheryl Lentner, Youth Coordinator, for order forms and complete details.
Operation Christmas Child Fundraiser
Fundraiser provided by our YOUTH FUELED BY FAITH Youth Groups. See Cheryl Lentner, Youth Coordinator, for complete details
Poinsettia orders taken
Order forms in the bulletin. See Vivian Gearhart for complete details.
Youth Band
10:20 AM to 11:00 AM
Calling all teens. We need you for our Youth Praise band. All are welcome!
Third Grade Bible Presentation
11:00 AM
Sign up in the corner lobby if you would like to sponsor a child receiving their bible. 3rd graders please sign up also if you would like to receive a bible on Oct. 27
Middle School YOUTH FUELED BY FAITH group meetings
12:30 PM
ALL teens in grades 6-8 are invited to attend our Youth Group.
Red Wings Game
5:00 PM
Money due by Oct. 2. Devotions given from 3-5 p.m. Seating is ground floor section 114 (by goal) Cost is $64 per ticket
Youth FUELED BY FAITH Costume Party
6:30 PM
See Cheryl Lentner, Youth Coordinator, for complete details.
OCT

28

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

29

TUE
Afternoon Delight gathering in the Parlor
2:00 PM
All are welcome! This ladies group meets for devotion and friendly conversation.
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