On April 23, 1968, The United Methodist Church was created when a bishop of the Evangelical United Brethren Church and one from The Methodist Church joined hands, saying: "Lord of the Church, we are united in Thee, in Thy Church and now in The United Methodist Church." Today 12.5 million people worldwide profess membership in the United Methodist Church.
United Methodists describe God as three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
God: We believe in one sovereign God who created the world and all that is in it, and who shares His love and grace with us.
Jesus: We believe that Jesus is the Son of God. He lived as a man, was crucified, and was raised from the dead by God. We believe that the risen Christ lives today, is our Savior, and calls us to pattern our lives after his.
Holy Spirit: We believe that the Holy Spirit is God with us, comforting us when we are in need and convicting us when we stray from God. He gives us the power to recognize God's will and to live obediently.
United Methodists believe that the Bible is God's word and the primary authority for our faith and practice. No official version or translation of the Bible is used. We believe in studying the Old and New Testaments.
United Methodists believe that the church is the body of Christ, its mission is to make disciples of Jesus, and that it is called to worship God and support those who participate in its life as they grow in faith.
The United Methodist Church welcomes and receives members from a variety of backgrounds. As a result, there are a number of ways to become a member of The United Methodist Church.
If you have never been baptized, you will be baptized before taking your membership vows.
If you were baptized as an infant or young child and have not made a profession of faith and been confirmed, you will reaffirm your baptism when you take your membership vows.
If you are a member of another United Methodist or another Christian church that allows transfers, you can transfer your membership from that church to a local United Methodist Church.
If you are a member of a Christian church that does not transfer membership, you can make a profession of faith and be received as a member.
For more information about becoming a member of First United Homosassa, please contact the pastor at 352-628-4083 or firstname.lastname@example.org or the administrator at email@example.com.
You can expect to be greeted with a warm smile and a handshake.
You can expect a congregation of diverse ages, races, shapes, sizes, gifts, and talents. Some of us worship in blue jeans or shorts; others wear their Sunday best. It matters not.
You can expect to spend an hour or so worshipping our Lord. A printed bulletin will help guide you through our services, which typically include announcements, a time to greet others, a free-will offering, a children's message (9:30 am only), prayer, a scripture reading, and a sermon. Communion is served the first Sunday of each month.
You can expect music. You might hear music from our chancel choir, sunrise singers, handbell choir, and/or special instrumental and vocal soloists and ensembles. And you're invited to join in the music as we raise our voices in hymn and praise.
We, at First United Homosassa, want you to feel comfortable worshipping with us. If you have any questions about our church or our services, call the church office at 352-628-4083 or e-mail the church administrator.
Pastor Kip's membership classes are offered a couple of times per year. These classes are recommended for all potential members or those who would like to learn more about our Methodist beliefs.
The class will typically meet on a Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm in the Parlor.
For more information and the date of our next class and new member Sunday, please email the church administrator or call 352-628-4083 to register.