Our Purpose

The purpose of Jefferson United Methodist is “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”

Our Vision

Our vision is to honor Christ's command to go into our community and make disciples, by accepting all, affirming all, and transforming all into the likeness of Jesus Christ.

To effectively accomplish this we shall:
Create clear pathways to a radiant life of faith, hope, and love rooted in Christ and the local church;
Use our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness in ministry to others;
Initiate relationships and build friendships with others where, and as, they are;
Connect and involve our church within the fabric of the greater community.
This shall be accomplished through faithful devotion as led by the Holy Spirit

What to Expect

If you plan to visit us here are some things you can expect:

  • A welcoming environment. One of our frequently cited strengths, according to our guests, is our hospitality. Upon entering our facility you will be greeted at several points by members of our Hospitality Ministry Team. 2 Welcome Centers are available. One is located in Wesley Hall (our main parking lot entrance). The other is located at our Sanctuary entrance off of East Jefferson Street. These are provided to answers your questions and provide a welcoming gift.
  • Dress. People often wonder “What’s the dress code?” At Jefferson UMC we have a “Come as you are” policy. You’ll find men in suits and ties and shorts and T-shirts. Women wear dresses and blue jeans. So please, come as you are.
  • Music. We sing and the music you’ll find here is an expression of what we believe about God, humanity, and God’s plan for his good creation. We utilize a variety of instruments in our worship. You’ll hear a beautiful pipe organ and baby grand piano, guitars and clarinets, saxophone and stringed bass, and more. We believe God has gifted the church with a variety of music styles to lead the people of God in the singing of God’s praises. We sing the songs of the ancient and modern church. So on one Sunday we might sing a song from the 7th century another from the 17th century, and another written in 2007!
  • Children. Jefferson UMC is intentionally intergenerational. Children are welcome in worship and space is provided for them through our Children’s Message, Acolyte Ministry, reading Scripture and prayer, and music. In addition, special Kid’s Packets are available at our two Welcome Centers. These packets engage and reinforce the Scripture readings and theme of worship. Jefferson UMC also provides a Children’s Church experience during our 11a.m. worship.
  • Communion/Eucharist. The sacrament of Holy Communion or Eucharist (meaning “to give thanks”) is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month. Our table is open to everyone who professes Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord even if for the first time when they come. Children are also encouraged to participate even from a young age as we believe communion is a part of the journey of discipleship. For that reason, the first Sunday of every month is Family Sunday during which our children stay with us for the entire service.
  • Preaching. We celebrate the Christian Seasons of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost. You can expect a sermon that is biblically based and which will engage your heart, mind, and soul.
  • Prayer. We believe the people of God are called to pray as Jesus instructed us, “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Each Sunday we set aside time to pray for specific people, places, and needs.
  • Offering. You’re our guest, so please don’t feel any compulsion to participate in this act of worship. Our members and those who make Jefferson UMC their spiritual family are committed to supporting our mission/purpose as an act of their Christian discipleship.
  • Holistic Christian Discipleship/Formation. As followers of Jesus Christ we are called not just to personal and inward faith in God but also outward and social faith. Personal faith and social faith cannot and ought not be separated. We are called to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love our neighbors as our self. Jefferson UMC is committed to equipping people to grow in holistic Christian discipleship/formation. Our motto is: Love God, Love others, Serve the world!

What We Believe

The Bible

We believe the scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments are the inspired word of God. (2 Timothy 3:16-17) We believe the Holy Spirit guided and directed human authors to create God’s written means of communication with us, which reveals God’s love and plan to be in relationship with all of humanity. The Bible is God’s blueprint for living the Christian life and is our primary source for faith and practice.

God

We believe in one God, who exists in three distinct persons…the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each person of the Trinity is equally the one God in being, essence, character, power and eternal qualities.

Jesus

We believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior who came to earth in the flesh to reveal God to humans and to restore all of fallen humanity to a personal relationship with God. We believe Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary; he is both fully human and fully God. Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life and embodies the truth about God and the Truth of God. Jesus willingly died on the cross to demonstrate God’s love for sinful humans and to provide salvation for all humanity. His sacrifice in our place provides all humans the means to be reconnected with their loving Creator. We believe in the physical resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Jesus ascended into heaven, where he rules as our Lord (absolute authority) and advocate. Jesus will return to earth in the future to establish God’s perfect peace and justice for all time.

The Holy Spirit

We believe in the divine personhood of the Holy Spirit as an equal part of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit is God present, living within each follower to empower a life that reflects the lifestyle, values and character of Jesus. The Holy Spirit is the change agent in the lives of Jesus’ followers, illuminating God’s word for understanding and application in the life of each. The Spirit is involved in progressively transforming each follower into the image of Christ, and is actively working within the Christian community and world at large to bring about God’s plan of redemption for all people and all creation.

The Church

We believe the Church (also known as the Body or Bride of Christ in scripture) is a spiritual organism made up of all those in a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ, who are called to live in fellowship and worship together. We believe in the priesthood of all believers: everyone in relationship with Christ is gifted, empowered and called to serve within God’s mission to reach the world. The Church is God’s vehicle on earth to bring about God’s justice and mercy for all people.

Holistic Christian Discipleship/Formation

Our United Methodist heritage has a rich understanding of Christian discipleship/ formation. We believe that Scripture calls us to transformed hearts and minds which give rise to transformed relationships with individuals, society, and the world. Thus Christian discipleship/formation is both inward and outward, both personal and social. Early Methodists called the inward/personal Acts of Piety and the outward/social Acts of Mercy. “Acts” are to be understood as disciplines practiced by a disciple. Acts of Piety include the disciplines of devotion like daily scripture reading, prayer, journaling, and regular fasting. In addition Acts of Piety include the discipline of public worship. Acts of Mercy encompass a disciplined commitment to works of compassion and works of social justice. Such holistic discipleship/formation is necessary if the church is to fulfill her mission to reach the world for Christ and to be God’s vehicle on earth to bring about God’s justice and mercy for all people. Jefferson UMC is committed to equipping people to grow in holistic Christian discipleship/formation. For more information holistic Christian discipleship go to: www.gbod.org/live-the-um-way/means-of-grace/resource/opening-ourselves-to-grace-the-basics-of-christian-discipleship

SUNDAY WORSHIP 8:30am and 11:00am Sunday School 9:50am

Memorial Day to Labor Day 2nd Service will be at 10:30am