The mission of First United Methodist Church is to “Make New Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World”. Our understanding is that disciples: worship, grow, serve, and invite others to do the same. When people do this with consistency and intentionality the world is transformed.
Our Core Beliefs
“In essential beliefs we have unity, in non-essential beliefs we have liberty, and in all beliefs we have charity.” - John Wesley
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. God is Three in One: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He lived a life free of sin and died on the cross. He rose from the dead, ascended to heaven
and will come again. He is our Lord and Savior.
About the Holy Spirit
When we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit comes to live within us. The Holy Spirit provides us with the
freedom and power we need to become the people God calls us to be.
About the Bible
The Bible is our authority for living, for determining what we believe, and guides us in how we are to live.
About Human Beings
People are made in the image of God. Because we are God’s creation made in God’s image, each person is of sacred
worth. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us have imperfections which separate us from
God. This is what the Bible calls “sin.”
Having our relationship with God restored is what the Bible calls salvation. Salvation is God’s free gift to us. We can not
earn it or achieve it by self-improvement or good works. We accept God’s gift of a new life when we accept Jesus as our
Savior. The new life that God gives us is an abundant life in this world and eternal life in the world to come.
Baptism is our initiation into the church and our identification as children of God. God initiates this relationship and chooses
us as daughters and sons, beginning our life-long journey of faith. God’s choice happens regardless of our age or our
response. Because God chooses us once and for all, this is an act that should not be repeated. Those that are baptized as
children must make the choice to confirm their belief in Christ to continue as members of the church.
About Holy Communion
Communion is a representation of our redemption, a memorial of Christ’s suffering and death, and a sign of the love we
have with Christ and with each other. We believe that in a real and mysterious way Christ is present at the Table. We
celebrate an Open Table and invite any and all who earnestly want to live a life faced toward God and seek to live in peace
with Christ and one another.