Anna United Methodist Church is a rag tag group of real people, with real people problems, who seek to follow an abnormally loving God.
We fall down (again and again). But we keep trying to Love God, trying to love our neighbors, and trying to grow in Faith.
We know that every time we fall down, Jesus reaches down to help us up again.
We believe that God created all of us to live in relationship with God and all of God's children.
We believe that following Jesus makes life better, and that following Jesus makes us better at life.
So, if you want to be a part of a community of faith that is trying to be full of love for God and for neighbor, and is working hard to grow authentic faith in God through Jesus Christ, we hope you know you are welcome to join us.
How welcome? See below!
We know that visiting a church is hard. That is why we have a "Plan Your Visit Program." Tell us you are coming and we will save a parking space with your name on it, have a personal greeter meet you and show you the church, and then take you to reserved seats.
All are welcome at Anna United Methodist Church.
But, we extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, or too young to think about it.
You are welcome if you are filthy rich, dirt poor, or somewhere in between.
We extend a special welcome to those with crying babies, who are empty-nesters, or are retired. You are also welcome if you are skinny as a rail or could afford to lose a few pounds. We welcome you if you can sing like opera star or just like our pastor (who can’t carry a note in a bucket).
You’re welcome here if you’re “just browsing,” just woke up, or just got out of jail. We don’t care if you’re more Catholic than the Pope, or haven’t been in church since your nephew's Baptism.
We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast.
We welcome soccer moms, NASCAR dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, and junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery, still addicted, or who are stone-cold sober. We welcome you if you’re having problems, are down in the dumps, or if you don’t like “organized religion” (we’ve been there too).
We endorse all people but we make it a point not to promote any particular politician. So, you are especially welcome if you are a Republican, a Democrat, a Libertarian, an Independent, or nothing at all.
If you need a minister who screams and yells from the rafters about how everybody who doesn’t believe as he believes (or, she believes) is going to hell... well, you’re probably not going to like it here.
We hope you understand that we’re sort of struck with Jesus and, especially, his teachings. The way we figure it — if we follow his teachings, the world will be a happier and healthier place for everybody. Healthier and happier, too, for those not interested in religion, not even ours. So, you are especially welcome if you have never heard of Jesus, his teachings, or the radical love he taught in word and deed.
If you blew all your offering money last night at the Choctaw casino, tough luck for us. You’re still welcome here. We offer a special welcome to those who work too hard, don’t work, or are only looking for a church because grandma is in town and wanted to go to church. We also offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as a kid or got lost in traffic and wound up here by mistake.
We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts, and yes ... in short, we welcome you!
(This radical welcome adapted from an article by Dr. Steve McSwain and the unnamed church that puts a similar welcome on their bulletins)
The United Methodist Church is a 12.3-million-strong global church with open hearts, open 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 to 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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