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What We Believe

Pastor's Corner

The United Methodist Church affirms that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Savior of the world, and the Lord of all. We believe God reaches out with mercy and forgiveness to those who repent of their sinfulness. Hearts can be changed under the prompting of grace and the guidance of the Holy Sprit.

We believe that the core of the Christian faith was revealed in Scripture, illumined by tradition, made vivid in personal experience, and con-firmed by reason.

The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ by proclaiming the good news of Godís grace. We continue the mission of seeking, welcoming and gathering persons into the community of the body of Christ.

The United Methodist Church has a long history of concern for social justice. We send persons into the world to live lovingly and justly as servants of Christ by healing the sick, feeding the hungry, caring for the stranger, freeing the oppressed, and working to develop social structures that are consistent with the gospel.

 

FEBRUARY 2023

February is the shortest month of the year.  Though it is brief, February is also unique.  This is the month when we celebrate Valentine's Day, President's Day, and Black History Month.  Although it is short on days, February is long on having special moments of rich meaning.

George Burns, the late comedian, once said:  "the secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending, then having the two as close together as possible."   Though this is easier said than done...everyone who engages in the ministry of preaching likely gets the point. Pope Francis recently said that sermons that are longer than ten minutes are deadly for the soul....most pastors are going to have to start talking a lot faster...

This year, February is also the month when we celebrte Mardi Gras and the beginning of the special days of Lent on Ash Wednesday.  Together, let us move into this brief month with an open heart and generous spirit.