We are a church in the heart of the city—sustained by the reconciling love of God—and providing hope for all people.
We are one of the more than 300 United Methodist congregations belonging to the Reconciling Ministries Network. As part of the reconciling movement, we believe Christ's love is meant for all God's children. We thus welcome our brothers and sisters of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
Our parishioners include heterosexual, bisexual, homosexual, and transgender individuals, as well as heterosexual, transgender, and same-sex couples and families. Our faces are shades of black, brown, and white. Our ages range from the very young to the very old. Some of us are people of means; others not so much. Our cultural backgrounds are diverse. But whatever our differences, we are united in believing that our hearts and actions should be guided by Jesus' fundamental dictum to "love thy neighbor."
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*Celebrating All Saints Day by Returning to our Sanctuary*
On November 1st we returned to the sanctuary after 4 years worshiping in the Vivian Grant due to the ceiling collapse. It was also All Saints Day when we remembered those who have made a difference in our life as a congregation (both living and dead).
We gathered at 10:00 a.m. in the Vivian Grant Room to write the names of those saints on prepared slips of paper. Next we processed into the sanctuary space and tied these on a tree branch while singing Oh When the Saints Go Marching In (with percussion and musical instruments, banners and great joy)
The worship service involved several special moments--including the premier of a choral anthem written for this occasion by our own Tom Jones and sung by an extended choir. (To hear this beautiful and inspiring composition, as sung by the MSUMC choir, and as played by MSUMC Choir Director and Pianist Eric Van Dervort, click here --> Our Forebears Dream.) Pastor Jack Jones welcomed six new members who have been worshiping with us at 8, 9:15 and 10:15. Former MSUMC pastor Keith Sanzen enjoyed this special celebration with us, as did representatives from groups using our building in their efforts to build community-- including RIOP and HeadsUp, Inc.
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