The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world by proclaiming the good news of God's grace and by exemplifying Jesus' command to love God and neighbor, thus seeking the fulfillment of God's reign and realm in the world. The fulfillment of God's reign and realm in the world is the vision Scripture holds before us. The United Methodist Church affirms that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Savior of the world, and the Lord of all. As we make disciples, we respect persons of all religious faiths and we defend religious freedom for all persons. Jesus' words in Matthew provide the Church with our mission: "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you" (28:19-20), and "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. . . . And you shall love your neighbor as yourself" (22:37, 39).
If you call Grace UMC your home, we believe that it is important for you to CONNECT, SERVE, and GROW.
CONNECT in genuine friendships
- Make Jesus the center
- Be transparent
- Share life together
Read James 5:16; Acts 2:42-45; Ephesians 4:1-7.
SERVE others with passion
- Do good to all people in all places
- Give generously of your time, talent, and finances
- Be a risk-taker
Read The Five Practices of a Fruitful Life available on the discipleship table at Grace. Read Matthew 7:12; 20:20-28; Luke 6:32-36
GROW in the love of God
- Read the bible and pray
- Participate in community worship
- Take Communion
Read 2Peter 3:18; Colossians 2:6-7; Philippians 3:12-14.
Put God first and others second; make yourself last. Never stop learning to be more like Jesus. Keep growing through spiritual habits like bible reading, prayer, fasting, and community worship. Understand Baptism and Communion. Appreciate and receive grace -- the undeserved and unearned love of God – and pass it along to others. Jesus loves you, so be joyful and laugh often.
Slow down enough to form genuine friendships. Don’t live in isolation. Be honest with each other about things like pornography, depression, drugs, addiction, and sex. Believe and speak the best about others instead of gossiping, spreading rumors, or saying nasty things. Encourage, support, and bear patiently with each other. Be slow to anger and quick to forgive. Treat others the way that you want to be treated. Glorify God by regularly joining around the table with friends for food and good conversation; begin at the weekly Lord’s table and take it from there. Agree to disagree and still love one another.
Do good to all people all the time; don’t just serve those who like you or who you find “worthy.” Use your spiritual gifts to bless others. Try lots of new things and be okay with failure. Don’t be the one who says “I told you so.” Sacrifice time, money, and comfort for others. Be obedient to God and take some risks. Give generously.
Be part of a multi-generational community in which older and younger Jesus followers value and learn from one another. Engage in two of the most important things that ensure children will love Jesus as an adult: regular attendance at community worship and discussing Jesus in the home. Be the primary spiritual leader for your children and/or those under your care.