Since 1901, our congregation has provided a faithful witness to the love of God as expressed through the Methodist tradition. Our congregational community is comprised of many ages, single persons and families. We heartily seek to include all who want to put faith into action for the greater glory of God.

In 2008, we became a Reconciling Congregation. We welcome all God's children regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. We believe that all people are entitled to full participation in the life of the United Methodist Church, both in policy and practice.

From the Pastor

In the wake of the shocking news about banning refugees from entering the country and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim nations, I remember a poignant photo of Pope Francis taken in 2016. He celebrated Holy Thursday by washing the feet of 11 refugees—four Nigerian Catholics, three Christians from Eritrea, three Muslims from Syria, Pakistan and Mali, and one Indian Hindu—at a center for asylum seekers outside of Rome. In his homily, he said, “All of together, Muslims, Hindus, Catholics, Copts, Protestant brothers and sisters—children of the same God—we want to live in peace, integrated.”

Francis condemned this travel ban by saying, “The contradictions of those who want to defend Christianity in the West, and, on the other hand, are against refugees and other religions. He also says, “You cannot be a Christian without practicing the Beatitudes. You cannot be a Christian without doing what Jesus teaches us in Matthew 25: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.” He goes on to say, “The world needs Christians to witness God’s mercy “through service to the poorest, the sick (and) those who have abandoned their homelands in search of a better future for themselves and their families.” “In putting ourselves at the service of the neediest,” Francis said, “we will experience that we already are united; it is God’s mercy that unites us.”

      Francis’ words and deeds once again remind us of what it means to be Christians and what we must do as the followers of Jesus who commanded us to love one another and our neighbors as ourselves. Jesus always care about the poor, the sick, and the downtrodden and said, “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Jesus asks us today, “Who is the least of the brothers and sisters of mine?”

      On the first Holy Thursday Night, Jesus humbly washed his disciples’ feet. When he finished it, he said to them, “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” Today, he also speaks to us: “You should do as I have done for you-- wash the feet of the refugees, the feet of the poor, the feet of the hungry, the feet of the strangers, the feet of the oppressed…the feet of the least of brothers and sisters of mine. When we dry their feet and look right into their eyes, we see Jesus in them. Whatever the world says, we believe that God’s mercy unties us.

                                               Love & Peace,


                                  Read the College of Bishops letter and Prayer to the Immigrant and Refugee.

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