As a member church of the Mountain Sky Conference of the United Methodist Church, we believe in thinking globally while acting locally to share the love of God that we have found, and that has found us, in Jesus Christ.
We do this in 5 main ways:
- We give our presence, by coming together in compassionate, holy spaces of shared ministry in our community, in our homes, and at the church building. The Church is, after all, not simply a building but really a people! We are the church everywhere we go.
- We give our prayers, through a telephone calling tree and shared group texts, in Facebook posts, on this website’s Contact Us page, and in all the other ways the Bible teaches us to pray. You who are reading this, are invited to pause, and mindfully pray one of our favorite prayers, that Jesus taught that we could all pray: Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
- We give our service. We believe the Lord requires us to “walk humbly, love mercy and do justice.” In the words of that 1927 African-American spiritual, we celebrate that God’s “got the whole world in His hands.” We believe to “follow Jesus” means those loving hands are our hands, too.
- We reach out and serve to meet needs in the local church and in the Town of Calhan, and in the greater Eastern Plains community, and in the “whole wide world” through our partnership and connection to United Methodist churches and missions and ministries around the world. Whether it is in inter-generational ministry through our Calhan church’s Rummage Closet and seasonal yard sales, making cloth masks for nursing home residents during a global pandemic, building a ramp for the parsonage, picking up litter along HWY 24 as members of the local Calhan Lions club, volunteering at the Eastern Plains Community Pantry, by making “flood buckets” for UMCOR, and so much more, we serve Christ and “love our neighbor” in relational, practical, hands-on ways to transform the world. We invite you to join us!
- We give our Witness by word and deed to sharing the “Good News” of the incarnation of God in Jesus of Nazareth. We believe Jesus is the Christ, and as such was the revelation of God in the flesh (The Gospel of John 14:9). We see God at work in His birth, in His entire life, in His teachings, healing miracles, in His death at the hands of the Roman Empire, and in His triumphant resurrection from the dead. No two Methodists think alike, and we celebrate our responsibility to think for ourselves and “work out our own salvation with fear and trembling.” We do, however, endeavor to make love of God and neighbor our first priority, as Jesus taught; and our professions of faith that we share with the wider catholic Church date back to its first century beginnings in Palestine.
- We joyfully give our tithes and alms as basic works of Christian mercy and piety, as John Wesley taught. To worship God means we declare what God is worth to us, and that must, as Jesus taught, include what we do with the money and all other resources God has entrusted to us. We are called to be faithful servants and good stewards of God’s manifold grace. We are blessed in order to be a blessing. In 2 Corinthians 9:11, the apostle Paul wrote, “You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” Go to our website’s Give page for more information!