Welcome To Cedar Cross!


Pastor Jilm closeupThank 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

World Communion Sunday | October 2, 2016

worldcommunionsundayJoin us in worship at Cedar Cross United Methodist Church, Sunday, October 2nd, as we celebrate the Methodist communion liturgy for World Communion Sunday — the day we renew our communion with the church throughout the world and strengthen it in every nation and among every people. There are five scripture lessons today: four from the gospels, Mark 1:14&15, Matthew 5:17-20, Luke 17:20-23, John 1:1-5, and a fifth from Thomas 50:1-3. Pastor James Clarke’s sermon is titled, “A Cloud of Unknowing!”

Our two worship services are identical except for the music. At 8:45, the Cedar Cross Praise Band and vocalists will lead us in “Everlasting God,” “Amazing Grace” and “Pass It On.” Traditional hymns at 11:00 include “For the Healing of the Nations” and “How Like a Gentle Spirit.” The Chancel Choir will sing “Let Us Break Bread Together,” a traditional spiritual.

Sunday School classes for all ages are held between the two services at 10:00. Pastor Jim leads the Adult Sunday School class in the Centrum.

Everyone is welcome at Cedar Cross United Methodist Church. We are a member of Reconciling Ministries Network.

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Pastor Jim’s sermon for September 11, 2016

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