In the first chapter of the Gospel of John, two people approach Jesus to find out more about him. Jesus asks, "What are you looking for?" And then, he says, "Come and see!"
These words are the words I would use to introduce First Church to those who do not have a church home, those who are experiencing brokenness in their lives, and/or those who want to find a place that will meet their spiritual needs.
The people at First Church are warm and loving. They have a heart for helping other people. They put their faith in action by giving generously to those in need.
The people at First Church are also diverse in their background and work experience. The church is blessed with a balance of families with children and youth; professors and other employees from or area institutions of higher learning; college and medical students; and workers and retirees from many different professions.
As you read about us on this website, you will see that our ministries reflect this diversity. There are many ministry opportunities for the young and old and those in between.
What we believe . . .
This United Methodist church is a part of a world-wide church that holds to the basic teachings of Christianity, and we consider ourselves part of the whole church of Jesus Christ made up of many denominations.
Our more than 41,000 congregations around the world welcome everyone who seeks to respond to God's love, to grow in spiritual strength, and to participate in congregations providing support and opportunities for service. All persons are welcome to attend services and receive Holy Communion.
We are followers of Jesus Christ and give special emphasis to certain Christian truths:
1. Everyone can know God's love through Christ and be changed.
This is God's "amazing grace."
2. This grace fills us with an assurance that we are God's beloved children, and
gives us courage to live our lives with strength, integrity, love and compassion.
3. God wants us, both as individuals and as communities to be better than we are.
So we are active in applying God's truth to our own lives, and to the larger
communities of which we are a part.
4. While we are bound together by these truths, we celebrate a wide diversity of
opinions about many matters. John Wesley, founder of the Methodist
movement, said that Methodists are not defined by their opinions but by how
much they love God and "share God's love abroad in the world."
United Methodism is an "amazing connection" of persons called by God, inspiried by the Holy Spirit, and walking in the footsteps of the risen Christ. We invite you to journey with us!
To learn more about The United Methodist Church visit: www.umc.org