Pastor James Clarke’s sermon for Sunday, November 20, 2016. This is the last Sunday of the Church year. Traditionally it’s called, Christ the King Sunday. That...
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
Advent and Christmas Events at Cedar Cross:
11/27 1st Sunday of Advent: Romans 13:11-14 – The Art of Listening
12/4 2nd Sunday of Advent: Matthew 3:1-12 – Shameless
12/7 Christmas Pageant “God With Us” Rehearsal: 6:00 – 7:30 pm
12/11 3rd Sunday of Advent: Questions Sunday at 8:45; Children’s Christmas Pageant “God With Us” at 11:00
12/16 Family Christmas Movie Night: Bring picnic dinner, blankets and pillows.
12/18 4th Sunday of Advent: Isaiah 7:10-16, Matthew 1:18-25 – No Room at the Inn
12/21 Family Christmas Story and Crafts Time with Friends: 6:00 pm.
12/24 Christmas Eve:
- 6:00 pm Family Service
- 8:00 pm Choral Service
- 10:00 pm Contemplative Service with Communion
12/25 Christmas Day: ONE SERVICE at 10:00
1/1/17 New Year’s Day: ONE SERVICE at 10:00
2017 Stewardship Update
Thank you to every Cedar Cross family for committing their financial resources to support the mission and outreach programs of our church in 2017! We increased the pledged amount by $15,990 for an increase of 6.6% over last year, and we only missed our goal by 3%. So, if you have a pledge card you’re holding on to, maybe you can be the one to put us over the top!
To learn more about our financial plans for 2017, please read more.
We also encourage you to also utilize our online giving capability. It’s easy to set up, and you’ll never forget to bring your offering again!Stewardship 2017