Pastor James Clarke’s sermon for Sunday, October 9, 2016. This is the first sermon on Stewardship. You can listen to the sermon here. I just can’t understand...
Welcome To Cedar Cross!
Thank you for visiting our website. We hope it will give you insights and information into our church and its ministry. I believe the United Methodist Church offers a distinctive and meaningful face to Christianity.
We are a Progressive Congregation: We believe that faith is not about belief in doctrine but about a journey in relationship to God through Jesus Christ that we all take together and share in the community of faith. As our denominational motto declares, we believe in having Open Hearts, Open Minds and Open Doors: we share about our lives, our passions, our joys and concerns and in so doing ignite the Holy Spirit amongst us.
We are united in our devotion to Jesus Christ, but recognize that we experience Christ differently and have a variety of images of Jesus. We believe diversity is a strength and that when we embrace diversity we embrace God. We take the Bible seriously but not literally. We affirm the presence of God through the power of the Holy Spirit; not a distant and omnipotent God to “believe in” but a present and loving God to open our hearts to; we believe in the primacy of God’s love and grace. We believe in spiritual growth and social justice. We stress relationships, believe that all of life is interconnected and we have a responsibility to each other and the creation.
We are a Reconciling Congregation: This means that we welcome Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) people to fully participate in the life of our Church. More than that, we actively support same sex marriage and the ordination of LGBT people.
We are blessed at Cedar Cross United Methodist Church with people of all ages. We have over 125 children in an incredible Vacation Bible School each year, we have an active youth program, and younger adults, too. Most of all, Cedar Cross has a good and warm spirit. People love each other here. I think if you join us you will feel this spirit – I sincerely invite you to come.
Yours in Christ,
James Clarke, Pastor
October is Stewardship Month | October 9 – 30, 2016
Even though we focus on Stewardship this month, Stewardship is not a “four-week thing” every year but an “every-day-and-every-situation-thing” that we are called. We are all called to think about stewardship in everything we do and say. Be in constant awareness of the gifts God has given to you and protect them as administrators/stewards. We are very grateful for your generosity to Cedar Cross and your gifts make a big difference in our ministry and mission. You make our ministry possible.
Pastor Jim will be leading us with four sermons based on a program called “Defying Gravity” — breaking free from the culture of more. It will be about two opposing forces at work in our lives: the pull of financial gravity that causes us to want to accumulate more material and financial wealth and the call of Christ who asks us to generously offer our wealth to God. To learn more about our financial plans for 2017, please read more.Stewardship 2016