What to Expect
- We are a welcoming church. The first time you are here, you are our guest. The second time you are here, you are our friend.
- Prior to our service, we have coffee and biscuits in the Fellowship Hall.
- We also have Sunday School prior to the service. We would love for you to join one of our classes.
- Direct Bible Study Class
This class studies the Bible verse by verse. It uses different Bibles to discuss and compare translations.
- Lottie B. Mitchell Class
This class’ focus is on different passages in the Bible using a study guide from Cokesbury. It concerns various topics with a lively discussion of each.
- Nursery, Preschool Class, and Young Disciples (through fifth grade)
In these classes, the children learn about God, hear stories of His life, and recognize prayers and songs through play, music, art, and multi-media.
- Direct Bible Study Class
We don’t have a dress code and there is no reserve seating. We will not single out our visitors during worship but our members may welcome you.
You can come through the front door or use the rear entrance through the Fellowship Hall.
Most of what you need to know to worship with us is projected on a screen. We have a bulletin to follow as well.
We would love to know who you are, so please complete a visitor’s card and drop it into the offering plate as it comes past you. You do not need to give an offering unless you feel compelled to. Normally our regular visitors and members give an offering.
Following the worship experience, our pastor would love to meet you and will be at the front entrance to greet you.
We have parking available in the rear with access for those with disabilities.
A nursery is available down the hall from the sanctuary. Two childcare providers are always in the nursery and we follow safe sanctuary practices at all times.
There are restrooms in the Nursery and Sunday School areas.
The worship services of the United Methodist Church use the liturgical year. We use these to celebrate the significant events in the life of Jesus Christ. We use certain Christian symbols and colors specific to each Christian season. These are the seasons interpreted by colors:
- Advent--Purple, blue (royalty and penitence, waiting and hope)--starts the season and is a four-week season observed in the worship service on Sundays prior to Christmas. The service includes the lighting of the Advent Wreath.
- Christmas--White (the light of the world)--this season begins on Christmas Eve and goes through January 5th. The 12 days of Christmas actually start on Christmas and go through January 5th.
- Epiphany--White and Green (hope, regeneration)--January 6th and extends to January 8th to celebrate Jesus’ Baptism. It also includes the Time after Epiphany that lasts until Lent.
- Lent--Purple (sorrow, repentance)--starts on Ash Wednesday and goes for 40 days (Sundays are not counted) and depends on when Easter is each year and ends on the Saturday before Easter.
- Easter--White (resurrection, joy)--this season starts on Easter Sunday, lasts 50 days, and ends on Pentecost Sunday.
- Pentecost--Red (power)--is the Sunday on the 50th day after Easter.
- Ordinary Time/Time After Pentecost--Green (life, growth)--begins after Pentecost Sunday. It is the longest season of the year and lasts almost half a year.
What We Believe
The Sacraments: We believe in two sacraments, Baptism and The Lord’s Supper (Communion). These two signs were instituted by our Lord with physical signs and a promise of grace. Baptism is a sign of new birth. In the Lord’s Supper, through faith, we receive the bread and the cup and partake of the redemptive body and blood of Jesus Christ. It is a sign of the love we have for each other. Everyone is accepted and welcomed to the partake in communion. You don't have to be Methodist or a member of the church. Both adults and children are welcomed to be part of this special gift of grace.
The Trinity: We believe in God in three persons, God the Father, Jesus Christ His son, and the Holy Spirit. God does not have physical parts but they are co-equal and co-eternal.
The Scriptures: We use the Holy Bible in several versions for our sermons and in our Sunday School lessons on a regular basis. The Holy Bible has two parts. The Old Testament has ceremonial and civil laws in it that we are no longer bound by. But we are bound by the moral law. The New Testament is about Jesus Christ and the birth of the church. Both the Old and the New Testament are about the same God. The fruits of our faith are good works. Good works cannot save us, but only God’s grace can save us.
Eternal Salvation: We believe in the grace of God and salvation through His son, Jesus Christ, our savior.
The Church: As a Methodist church, we follow the National United Methodist Church’s rules and doctrine also known as The Book of Discipline.
God’s relationship with humans: We believe in the Wesley tradition of grace. God is always there to have a relationship with us and reaches out to us to have a closer relationship with Him. The three types of grace are prevenient grace, justifying grace, and sanctifying grace. Prevenient grace is God’s work in every human being. He invites us to have a closer relationship with Him, but it is still our choice. Justifying grace is also called saving grace (when our sins are pardoned) and is when we make a conscious decision to allow God to change us and trust Him. As we grow in our relationship with God, we receive sanctifying grace. This is when God becomes a part of who we are. God gives (undeserved) grace by which we grow in faith and grace.