We believe that wherever you are in life, God loves you unconditionally, is calling you in grace, and wants to guide your life as you seek to follow Jesus.
The congregation ranges from newborn to 98; single and family; white, black, and Hispanic. Programs are offered for all ages. Whoever you are, there is a place for you at Anna UMC.
We believe that following Jesus makes life better, and that following Jesus makes us better at life.
Anyone who seeks to follow Jesus is invited to join us in the walk of faith.
Every new year, millions of Americans make new year's resolutions:
Lose weight, get rid of debt, be a better person, etc....
Gym memberships explode, church attendance rises, self-help books fly off the shelves ...
and by February everything is back to the way it was before New Year's Day.
This year, maybe you can make a resolution that you can keep!
January 6 - Why Get Resolved?
January 13 - Resolved - The Cost: No Pain, No Gain.
January 20 - Resolved - Moving Forward.
January 27 - Resolved Together!
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Jesus taught us to avoid the pitfalls of bad religion. He looked at the organized religion in his day and made it clear that organized religion is not the path to God. In this 6-Week sermon series, we look at all the ways Jesus instructed us to put our relationships with God and with people before human religious institutions.
February 3 - Authenticity, Not Hypocrisy
February 10 - Love, Not Judgment
February 17 -Freedom, Not Fatalism
February 24 - Relationship, Not Religion
March 3 - Openness, Not Arrogance
March 10 - Passion, Not Passivity
One of the great things about the Bible is its honesty about the people trying to follow God. In this 8-week sermon series, we will examine real people of faith, see the honest truth about how they failed and prevailed, and learn how to grow closer to God ourselves.
March - 17 - Moses
March 24 - Esther
March 31 - David
April 7 - Ruth
April 14 - John the Baptizer (Palm Sunday)
April 21 - Jesus (Easter)
April 28 - Mary and Martha
May 5 - Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
Sometimes the biggest controversies among Christians relate to the Old Testament's rules and regulations. The church today still deals with legalism even though God made it clear that Christians were free to follow Christ unhitched from legalism and were free to live based on the law of love: to Love God and Love Neighbor.
May 12 - Foundation (Mother's Day)
May 19 - Breaking Free
May 26 - Growing Strong
June 2 - Finish Line
Sometimes people spend more time fighting over the Bible than living the love, truth, and wisdom it reveals. This 4-Week sermon series explores the Bible, how it impacts our life, and provides a timeless and modern understanding as to why and how the Bible is a reliable guide for life in 2019.
June 9 - Jesus First
June 16 - In the Beginning
June 23 - The Hebrew Scriptures
June 30 - What to Do With Doubt
As we continue to plan for future sermon series, we do so with two things in mind:
1) We believe that:
Following Jesus makes Life Better, and Following Jesus makes us Better at Life;
2) The Mission of Anna United Methodist Church is to celebrate God's truth, love, and grace as we strive to make disciples for Jesus Christ.
The United Methodist Church is a 12.3-million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens minds and open doors through active engagement with our world. John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as "practical divinity" has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.
The mission of the United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Local churches and extension ministries of the Church provide the most significant arenas through which disciple-making occurs.
As United Methodists, we seek to follow Jesus.
We seek too follow Jesus by loving God and loving neighbor.
We seek to follow Jesus by turning away from selfishness and sin, and turning towards God's love.
We seek to follow Jesus by learning and doing what Jesus taught.
We seek to follow Jesus through worship, teaching and serving - putting faith into action through our hearts, heads, and hands.
We have an obligation to bear a faithful Christian witness to Jesus Christ, the living reality at the center of the Church’s life and witness. To fulfill this obligation, we reflect critically on our biblical and theological inheritance, striving to express faithfully the witness we make in our own time.
United Methodists share a common heritage with all Christians. We believe that the table of Christ belongs to Jesus and not to humans. Therefore, all persons who seek to follow Jesus are invited to share communion with us.
We share basic affirmations in common with all Christian communities. Persons from any Christian church or denomination can transfer their membership to a United Methodist church, and we will accept your baptism from your prior denomination.
We believe that Jesus loves all people and calls everyone to God through him. Jesus lived to teach us how to live, died that we might always live with God, and lives again to demonstrate God has victory over all we fear.
We believe that God wants all people who call Jesus as their savior and Lord to be assured that God loves them, that Jesus has already forgiven them, and that when they pass from this life, they will be with Jesus. Wesley called this the Doctrine of Assurance. Knowing that God loves you and Jesus has saved you frees Christians from a self-centered faith to a faith focused on loving God and loving neighbors.
John Wesley and the early Methodists believed that all Christians could learn the Bible and be able to follow Jesus in word and in action. Indeed, the name "Methodist" was originally meant as an insult to mock how methodically Methodists prayed and studied the Bible.
To help Christians learn how to live out their faith, Wesley started small group Bible studies, invented Sunday Schools, started the first Co-op to teach homeless skills to obtain jobs, opened the first free Christian hospitals, and invented the Credit Union to help people avoid the scourge of debtors prison.
We invite you to learn more about our rich theological heritage and find how God wants you to put faith into meaningful action.
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