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WHERE AND HOW TO START


First United Methodist Church Welcomes You

Hello and welcome to our church website, it’s always a real joy for us to meet and have new members in our church family. Here you will find useful information about what we believe. Our mission is leading people in a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. Please join our church and start a new life.

Whatever that next step is, it’s time to take a bold step of faith out of your comfort zone and discover what God has for you. We believe that you can’t go with God and stay where you are.

If you are just visiting, or looking for a home church, we hope that you find this site informative and welcoming. We would love to get in contact with you and to speak personally about our church and answer any questions you might have concerning us. Please send an email to us at mineolafumc@suddenlinkmail.com and tell us your name and how we may be able to get in contact with you.  You should hear from us within the week. Thank you so much for your time, and enjoy your visit to mineolafumc.

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What We Believe

United Methodists share a common heritage with all Christians. According to our foundational statement of beliefs in The Book of Discipline, we share the following basic affirmations in common with all Christian communities:

Trinity

We describe God in three persons. 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.

God

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.

Jesus

  • We believe that Jesus was human. He lived as a man and died when he was crucified.
  • 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. (Christ and Messiah mean the same thing—God’s anointed.)
  • 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.

The Holy Spirit

  • 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.

Human Beings

  • We believe that God created human beings in God’s image.
  • We believe 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.

The Church

  • 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.
  • 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.

The Bible

  • We believe that the Bible is God’s Word.
  • We believe that the Bible is the primary authority for our faith and practice.
  • We believe that Christians need to know and study the Old Testament and the New Testament (the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Scriptures).

The Reign of God

  • We believe that the kingdom or reign of God is both a present reality and future hope.
  • We believe that wherever God’s will is done, the kingdom or reign of God is present. It was present in Jesus’ ministry, and it is also present in our world whenever persons and communities experience reconciliation, restoration, and healing.
  • We believe that although the fulfillment of God’s kingdom–the complete restoration of creation–is still to come.
  • We believe that the church is called to be both witness to the vision of what God’s kingdom will be like and a participant in helping to bring it to completion.
  • We believe that the reign of God is both personal and social. Personally, we display the kingdom of God as our hearts and minds are transformed and we become more Christ-like. Socially, God’s vision for the kingdom includes the restoration and transformation of all of creation.

Sacraments

With many other Protestants, we recognize the two sacraments in which Christ himself participated: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

Baptism

  • Through baptism we are joined with the church and with Christians everywhere.
  • Baptism is a symbol of new life and a sign of God’s love and forgiveness of our sins.
  • Persons of any age can be baptized.
  • We baptize by sprinkling, immersion or pouring.
  • A person receives the sacrament of baptism only once in his or her life.

The Lord’s Supper (Communion, Eucharist)

  • The Lord’s Supper is a holy meal of bread and wine that symbolizes the body and blood of Christ.
  • The Lord’s Supper recalls the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and celebrates the unity of all the members of God’s family.
  • By sharing this meal, we give thanks for Christ’s sacrifice and are nourished and empowered to go into the world in mission and ministry.
  • We practice “open Communion,” welcoming all who love Christ, repent of their sin, and seek to live in peace with one another.

For more information on what United Methodists believe, please visit www.umc.org.

Wondering About God?

Being a Christian is not about doing or saying the right things.  It is about a personal relationship with God.  As you start out, you will probably have some questions – and maybe even some doubts about this relationship.

Jesus assures us many times in the Bible that if we put our trust in Him and accept Him as our Lord and Savior, He will be faithful to respond and enter into a relationship with us.

“My sheep listen to my voice;  I know them, and they follow me.  I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish;  no one can snatch them out of my hand.  My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all;  no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.”  (John 10:27-29)

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock;  if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will cone in to him.” (Revelations 3:20)

If you have prayed and invited Jesus to be the center of your life, you have no reason to doubt that He will do what He has promised.

Knowing your sins are forgiven and you are ready for heaven is as simple as the following steps:

  1. Admit you have sinned……

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8)

  1. Believe in Jesus…..

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16)

  1. Confess and leave your sin…..

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9)

You might want to use the following prayer as a guide:

Lord Jesus, I acknowledge that I’m a sinner, and I’m sorry for my sin.  Thank You for dying on the Cross for me.  Please forgive me of my sin, and accept me as Your child.  I desire to live for You, Jesus. Amen. 

Congratulations on becoming a part of God’s forever family.  Obviously this is only a first step.  Should you like to know more about your decision, please contact us or visit www.powertochange.com.

Plan a Visit

We’re so glad you’ve decided to visit us! You’ll find a list of commonly asked questions. Please don’t hesitate to send us a message or give us a call at 903.569.5426

Contemporary:  Sundays – 8:30 am @ Ministries Center

Contemporary Worship is a gathering of the body of Christ which includes powerful live music with our talented praise band, relevant media, authentic teaching and heartfelt praise. Contemporary is an informal service and casual attire is welcome.

Traditional:  Sundays – 10:50 am @ Sanctuary

Traditional worship is a service rich in tradition and liturgy. Worshipers gather each Sunday morning for services in the beautiful and historic sanctuary. Traditional worshipers enjoy hearing the awe-inspiring choir each week, and these services often feature special music including piano music.

Nursery provided for all church events and services.

Occasionally, a combined Worship Service is planned.  Please check “Weekly Schedule” or “Events” for upcoming combined services.

What should I wear?

Our church has a “come as you are” atmosphere. You will see some dressed up; some dressed casual. We have no expectations for attire.


QOUTE OF THE DAY

Peace begins with a smile.
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.

Mother Teresa