Welcome To Cedar Cross!


Pastor Jim 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

Ash Wednesday Service February 10


Please join us for our Ash Wednesday Service on Wednesday, February 10 at 7:30pm. All are welcome!

Slow Church is Here!

We are excited about our current worship theme and class called “Slow Church.” It is a confusing name. It originates from the Slow Food movement which stresses both locality of food production and attentive consumption. The authors say we live in a McDonaldized world: efficiency, control, everything must be done quickly and one size fits all. These values have stitched themselves, often subliminally, into our culture and into our churches. This worship theme continues for ten weeks until Lent. Please check out Adult Ministries page to learn all about it.

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What’s Going On at CCUMC

Annual Valentine’s Dinner

The men of Cedar Cross would like to invite all to our annual Valentine’s Dinner, on Saturday, February 13 at 6:00pm. Once again, catered by Mabel Chin of Patty’s...

Pastor Jim’s Blog January 27

Pastor Jim’s Blog January 27

I’ve always been a reader.  My whole family of origin are readers still; both of my parents were educators.  Imagine my frustration when I came to understand...

III. This is Our Story

III. This is Our Story

The third sermon in the series by Pastor James Clarke based on “Slow Church:  Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus” written by C. Christopher...

Slow Church is Here

Slow Church is Here

Remember the 55 mph speed limit? Back in the 1970s in reaction to the oil embargo crisis (remember the lines at gas stations?) a federal law was instituted of 55...