LOVE, KNOW, SERVE, SHARE GOD
Wesley Covenant Prayer
I am no longer my own, but yours.
Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed by you or laid aside for you,
exalted for your or brought low for you.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things
to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
You are mine and I am yours. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
Let it be ratified in heaven.
Chuck Knows Church Episode 44: "John Wesley".
UNITED METHODISTS BELIEVE
WE BELIEVE that God is understood in three distinct forms. Father, Son and Holy Spirit are commonly used to refer to the threefold nature of God. Sometimes we use other terms, such as Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer.
WE BELIEVE in one God, who created the world and all that is in it. We believe that God is sovereign; that is, God is the ruler of the universe. We believe that God is loving. We can experience God's love and grace.
WE BELIEVE that Jesus was human. He lived as a man and died when he was cricified. We believe that Jesus is divine. He is the Son of God. We believe that God raised Jesus from the dead and that the risen Christ lives today. We believe that Jesus is our savior. In Christ we receive abundant life and forgiveness of sins. We believe that Jesus is our Lord and that we are called to pattern our lives after his.
WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit is God with us. We believe that the Holy Spirit comforts us when we are in need and convicts us when we stray from God. We believe that the Holy Spirit awakens us to God's will and empowers us to live obediently.
WE BELIEVE that God created human beings in God's image. We belive that humans can choose to accept or reject a relationship with God. We believe that all humans need to be in relationship with God in order to be fully human.
WE BELIEVE that the church is the body of Christ, an extension of Christ's life and ministry in the world today. We believe that the mission of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transormation of the world. We believe that the church is "the communion of saints," a community made up of all past, present and future disciples of Christ. We believe that the church is called to worship God and to support those who participate in its life as they grow in faith.
WE BELIEVE that the Bible is God's Word. We believe that teh Bible lis the primary authority for our faith and practice. We believe tht Christians need to know and study the Old Testament and the New Testament (the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Scriptures).
Adapted from What Every Teacher Needs to Know about Theology. Copyright 2002, Discipleship Resources/United Methodist Handbook-UM Communications
Love God. What we mean is, surrender every aspect of your life to Jesus. Be transformed by the Holy Spirit. Practice Spiritual Disciplines. Grow in the inner qualities and actions identified as "the Fruit of the Spirit" (Galations 5:22-23). Share faith journeys with groups of Christian friends with encouragement, accountability and honesty.
Know God. Buy a good study Bible and learn the grand sweep of the Bible's story of salvation, including a basic timeline of Biblical events. Understand how to read it for personal spiritual growth. Value the church as the Body of Christ, God's people journeying in the community. Understand characteristics of United Methodism and how to apply Christian faith and ethics: justice, integrity, peace and responsibility for the well-being of others.
Serve God. We are instruments of God's love in a broken, hurting world, living lives of service to others with a strong (though not exclusive) focus ont he Bible's concern for the poor and for justice. Spiritual Gifts, financial gifts and time are all resources to Serving God.
Share God. Be eager to share the good news of Jesus in loving, winsome, and non-judgegmental ways. Be ready to "give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have" 1 Peter 3:15.
Know and practice and share your faith story. People want to follow the God that has changed YOUR life for the better.
Individual Bible Study - Spiritual Gifts
The UMC leadership believes that you are uniquly created by God. God has given you significant gifts. God has a plan and purpose for your life. You have been called to serve.
1. Once you have accepted that Jesus Christ is the Lord of your heart and you have asked him to lead your life, please read the following scriptures as you think about your unique gifts and place in the church:
2. Romans 12:6-8
1 Corinthians 12:4-11, 27-31
3. Please Print and Complete this 200 question Spiritual Gifts Survey. Share your results and thoughts about it with a faithful, trusted friend.
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CUMC leadership teaches and models generous Christian giving with a focus on tithing as God's standard of giving. Tithing=10%
As a member of CUMC, you are reqired to deeply think about your financial responsibilities and ask God what is required of you and work out your personal finances with a kingdom vision.
You will be given envelopes that are numbered so that when you deposit cash/check in the offering plate, our financial secretary record your offerings. Statements are given to you at the end of the year for your tax purposes.
You may also use on-line baking and have your check sent straight to the church's address. Don't forget to include your member #.
Building Projects are considered second mile giving - to be given above and beyond the 10%. The Tithe goes to a "current fund" to help us have a space for worship and to fund ministries for our local congregation, missions and United Methodist Connections.
Tithing to the local church in today's world may seem impossible, but stories from our church members will prove that it is not. Many CUMC members give generously and joyfully.
The important thing is to try. If you need some help in organizing your personal finances, please contact a member our finance team.
Dave Ramsey has excellent resources on how to get out of debt so that you can give freely and generously.
Tip: Start being intentional about your financial giving. Set a goal and work towards a tithe.
This photo was taken
June 10, 2015
when residents of
gave CUMC $550
to help with emergency funds
after the fire.
We go there to bless them.
But they bless us.
CUMC also collects Children's Change Offering that goes toward selected ministries and Missions. Sunday School Offering to help with the expenses of books and supplies. Fundraisers are also commonplace for youth ministries and mission trips. Weis and Giant grocery cards are on sale every Sunday. Proceeds from the sales of these cards go to the ministries of CUMC.
In addition, click HERE to see where your dollar goes after you put it in the UMC offering plate.
UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) is one more resource for you to review. Click HERE for more information. One hundred percent of the amount you give goes straight to the mission. You cannot go wrong if you choose this ministry as a second mile giving option.