Why join this congregation?
Belonging is so important in our divided and wounded world today. Most who don't feel like they belong to anyone or anywhere can slip into despair and isolation. Most who do feel like they belong have a sense of being grounded and having others that they can count on and be counted on by them.
Belonging to FUMC in G.J. is an incredible experience! People accept you for where you are in life, and they love you enough not to just leave you there. The groups, worship, fellowship, and many activities of the congregation are designed to support your faith, comfort you when you are challenged and challenge you when you are comfortable.
For example, when our pastor learned from a congregation member that their friend, a visitor to the church, was hospitalized due to a health situation, the pastor visited them. The patient was surprised and said, “I thought that because I wasn't a church member yet, I couldn't really ask for a visit or prayer support.” When a person joins the church, they belong, and feel like they can ask for the support when it is needed most.
Belonging means supporting others as well because we are a part of the same family of faith. When persons join FUMC as a member, they respond to these vows:
Do you believe in Jesus Christ and put your whole trust in his unconditional love and promise to serve him as your Lord in union with the Church which Christ has opened to people of all ages, nations, and races? If so, please say I DO.
As members of Christ's universal church, will you be loyal to the U.M. Church, and do all in your power to strengthen its ministries? If so, please say I WILL.
As members of this congregation, will you faithfully participate in its ministries by your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service and your witness? If so please respond I WILL.
A pastor then states to the congregation:
Family of faith I commend these persons to your love and care. If you will accept them in love, help them grow in their faith, and affirm their hope in God and one another, will you please give an energetic “Amen!”.
Then the whole congregation speaks together to the new members:
We give thanks for all that God has already given you and we welcome you in Christian love.
As members together with you in the body of Christ and in this congregation of The United Methodist Church, we renew our covenant faithfully to participate in the ministries of the church by our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.
God is doing extraordinary things through the ordinary people at FUMC. And we need the prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness that you especially have! Please consider visiting with a pastor to ask questions and find out if membership is right for you.