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Today's Events

  • Traditional WorshipTraditional Worship - 8/20/2017 - 8:45 AM to 9:30 AM
  • Sunday School for all agesSunday School for all ages - 8/20/2017 - 9:45 AM to 10:45 AM
  • Light House Kids Ages 3-1st gradeLight House Kids Ages 3-1st grade - 8/20/2017 - 11:00 AM
  • THE BRANCH (Contemporary Worship)THE BRANCH (Contemporary Worship) - 8/20/2017 - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PMThe Branch is our contemporary worship service that meets every Sunday at 11am in the Fellowship Hall. The worship service is known by an inviting community that seeks to follow Christ and love people. The Branch is a great place to come if you do not have a church home or have never been to church before. It is open for people of all ages, backgrounds, races, and stages in the faith.   You will find vibrant music led by our praise band, food that helps to form a sense of community, and engaging messages that are Biblical and relevant today.
  • Traditional WorshipTraditional Worship - 8/20/2017 - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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The UMC

History

John Wesley and the early Methodists were particularly concerned about inviting people to experience God’s grace and to grow in their knowledge and love of God through disciplined Christian living. They 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 distinctive shape of our theological heritage can be seen not only in this emphasis on Christian living, but also in Wesley’s distinctive understanding of God’s saving grace. Although Wesley shared with many other Christians a belief in salvation by grace, he combined them in a powerful way to create distinctive emphases for living the full Christian life.

What is Grace?

Grace is central to our understanding of Christian faith and life.

Grace can be defined as the love and mercy given to us by God because God wants us to have it, not because of anything we have done to earn it. We read in the Letter to the Ephesians: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God—not the result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). We do not have to beg and plead for God’s love and grace. God actively seeks us!

What is Faith?

Faith is the basic orientation and commitment of our whole being – a matter of heart and soul. Christian faith is grounding our lives in the living God as revealed especially in Jesus Christ. It’s both a gift we receive within the Christian community and a choice we make. It’s trusting in God and relying on God as the source and destiny of our lives. Faith is believing in God, giving God our devoted loyalty and allegiance. Faith is following Jesus, answering the call to be his disciples in the world. Faith is hoping for God’s future, leaning into the coming kingdom that God has promised. Faith-as-belief is active; it involves trusting, believing, following, hoping.

Some useful links:

The North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church
The North Georgia Advocate
The Wesleyan Christian Advocate
Official news source for Georgia United Methodists
Simpsonwood Conference and Retreat Center
Cokesbury Bookstore
The Upper Room
Bible Gateway (online Bible)