Growing In Faith....

What We Believe

The United Methodist Church is an 11-million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens doors and opens minds through active engagement with our world.

John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as "practical divinity" has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.

We invite you to learn more about our rich theological heritage.

Membership

Church membership is not requirement. Some of our most active people have never officially "joined the church". But membership is important to some people. It is a visible and public commitment to support the mission of the church. It is also an opportunity for our congregation to formally promise to walk along side you in your faith journey, support you in your life challenges, and to share your joys.

Pastor Pam offers membership classes about once a month, or when new faces seem to be reaching critical mass. She will explain what United Methodists are, what we believe, and what it means to be a member. Feel free to join any class to learn more about membership in the United Methodist Church, even if you are not ready to pursue membership at this time. Next class: October 9th after church.

Study Groups

Various study groups meet througout the week. Some meet at the church, and others meet in homes.

Adult Sunday School - Sunday, 9 am, downstairs

Home Study Group - Monday, 7 pm

Daytime Bible Study - Thursday, 10 am, Fireside Room

Women's Study Group - Wednesday, 6:30 pm

In Vino Veritas - Wednesday, 7 pm

The Upper Room

The Upper Room daily devotional guide contains meditations that show real people struggling to live faithfully in real-life situations, with the Bible as the touchstone for and measure of faithful living. The writers of the daily meditations that appear in The Upper Room are both laity and clergy and come from around the world. However, all in some way reflect the belief that God wills only good for each of us and that God calls us to lives of love, forgiveness, and service to others, according to the example of Christ.

Copies of the upper room are upstairs, on the table just outside the main worship area. Please take one and use it daily. If you prefer, you can follow The Upper Room online here every day.

Read Your Bible Through This Year

You can read your entire Bible in a year, or every year! With just a 20-minute investment each day, you can read the bible cover-to-cover in a year. There are lots of ways to read -- front-to-back, new-and-old-testaments-simultaneously, order-of-events, order-of-writing, and others. Customize and print your plan, read online, or even have your daily reading automatically delivered to your mailbox. Click here to explore the options.

How to Spend an Hour in Prayer

We all pray when we have something on our minds. But regular, meaningful prayer is a habit anyone can develop. Here is a suggestion for spending an hour in prayer based on advice from Dick Eastman of the World Literature Crusade. If you spend just an average of 5 minutes at each of these, the hour may not seem long enough!

  1. Praise -- Begin with a recognition of God's nature.
  2. Wait -- Give time to being quiet in God's presence; take time to let God Love you.
  3. Confess -- Ask for forgiveness to clear the way for powerful prayer.
  4. Read the Word -- Thoughtfully reading the Bible is a form of prayer.
  5. Intercession -- Pray for others who have desperate needs.
  6. Petition -- Pray for our personal needs and the needs of our loved ones.
  7. Pray the Word -- Many Bible passages talk to God, not about him. Try one of the psalms.
  8. Thanksgiving -- Thank God for the specific things he has done for you.
  9. Sing -- Sing a familiar hymn, or create a new one in your heart.
  10. Meditate -- Medidation is active pondering on spiritual themes.
  11. Listen -- We cannot hear what God has to say to us if we do not take the time to listen.
  12. Praise -- End as you began, with praising God for who he is.
Our Church Library

You can find our library on the bookshelf in the hall downstairs. There is no checkout process. Just borrow a book and return it when you are done. You can find everything from theology to children's books. We encourage you to leave notes that will help the next reader. Slip a note between the pages, or leave a comment on the "What Did You Think" slip inside the front cover of the book.