UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Newport Center United Methodist Church is a family for people of all ages, and our vision is to be a place where people connect with Jesus, each other, and the world. Through our worship, we seek to create a space where people can experience God’s presence and call in their lives. Through service to others, we are reminded that Jesus called us to love one another in all we do. Through fellowship, we strive to remember that wherever two or more have gathered in His name, Jesus is with us.
So whether we are sharing coffee on the patio or playing on the beach at an all church picnic, our hope is that we are reminded that our faith journey is one we walk together.
WHAT IS A
UNITED METHODIST CHRISTIAN?
The United Methodist tradition is the framework that we use to follow Jesus. It began in the 18th century by John Wesley because he believed that following Jesus wasn’t just about something we do on Sunday mornings. Instead, he believed following Jesus meant that our lives should be different Monday through Saturday as well. While a student at Oxford University, he gathered a group of friends who dedicated themselves to live as Jesus called us to live. They held one another accountable, supported one another, and did their best to live the way of Jesus found in Matthew 25:35-36.
35 for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”
United Methodists believe God’s love is big enough for us all. Because of this, our denomination’s churches have “open hearts, open minds, and open doors.” All people are welcome in our church families, even when we disagree.
When wrestling with the issues of life, we use John Wesley’s fourfold approach known in United Methodist world as “The Quadrilateral.” Simply put, it means that whatever the topic, we believe four questions must inform our decisions:
The United Methodist church celebrates two special traditions we call sacraments; baptism and communion. A sacrament is symbolic act that reminds us of a truth about God’s love. Jesus participated in both of these acts during His life and asked us to do the same.
Through the sacrament of baptism, we use water to remind us that our old lives are washed away and our new life in Christ begins. A person can be baptized at any point in their life from infant to adult. In the case of infants and small children, parents make a promise to teach them about God’s love and forgiveness so that the child can someday say “yes” to God on their own. In the case of older children and adults, the sacrament of baptism gives them the chance to publicly say “yes” to God’s grace.
We believe that a person need only be baptized once, and we recognize the baptisms of any other Christian church. The most common method of baptism in the United Methodist church is to place a small handful of water over the head (officially known as “Sprinkling”), but we also can pour water on the head or do full immersion, if preferred.
Holy Communion is a symbolic meal to help us remember what Jesus has done for us through his death and resurrection. It is sometimes called The Lord’s Supper, Eucharist, or the Last Supper.
On Jesus last night on earth, He shared a similar meal with his closest friends. During that meal He broke bread as a symbol of His body given for us. He shared a cup of wine as a symbol of His blood given for us. And He asked us to do the same in remembrance of Him. In Holy Communion, we remember and become part of God’s story of love and forgiveness. At our table, we use bread and grape juice to remember Jesus. In the United Methodist church, the communion table is open to anyone because it is Jesus’ gift, not ours.
We celebrate communion on the first Sunday of the month, and you are always welcome to join us.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe that the Bible is a collection of books, letters, poetry, and other writings written by human beings in order to share their experience of God. We believe that the Bible paints a picture of the way God intended for human beings to live in relationship with Him and with one another.
We look at the Bible within its historical context first, and then reflect on what it means for us today by asking these three questions:
We believe that God is the creator of all things and we are all His beloved children. God is too big to be put into the box of any church, denomination or doctrine. We believe that God is the perfect expression of love and that His hope for our lives is that we would do His will “on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10).
We believe that Jesus became God in the flesh. We believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He died for our sins, and that His resurrection gives us new life. We believe that Jesus taught us the way God wants us to live in relationship with one another and with God (Matthew 22:36-40).
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the living presence of God in our lives. The Holy Spirit is our Comforter and Advocate (John 16:5-15). Through the power of the Holy Spirit, God changes our lives and we become more like Jesus.
We believe that through the death and resurrection of Jesus, God conquers death and renews our lives so that we will never be separated from Him again.
We believe that the gift of salvation is based on grace, not because we deserve it. We believe that salvation is a choice and that when we say “yes” to God’s grace we are forgiven, made new, and begin a new journey with God.
MEET THE STAFF
Rev. Cindy Williams
Rev. Cindy Williams
Cindy is charged with preaching and teaching, administering the sacraments (baptism and communion), and overseeing the administration of the church. She enjoys sharing God’s love, hope, and grace with those in our congregation and our community. Cindy loves Italian food and her favorite place in the world is Maui.
Director of Family Ministries
Skyler is the Director of Family Ministries, which means she gets to build relationships with people of all generations; walking together in our faith. She enjoys getting to know all different people, creating and designing worship experiences, and encouraging people in their faith. Her favorite movie is "The Notebook" and she loves listening to country music.
Director of Music Ministries
Sean works with the choir and other musicians to strengthen their relationship with Christ and lift up the congregation. His taste in music is eclectic; in his own words, he appreciates "anything done well. I have a special place in my heart for classical music, especially Beethoven and Bach. I also love Jazz, Hip Hop, Folk music, and some Rock."
Associate Director of
Brooke is the Associate Director of Family Ministries. As the Associate Director Brooke gets to spend her time with some awesome kids and youth. Between coordinating wild games and teaching about Jesus, there is never a dull moment. Brooke is a student at
Cal State Fullerton with a major in History. In her free time she likes cooking and experimenting with new ingredients.
Chris says the best part of her job is
"Talking on the phone and having face to face conversations with members of the congregation. A recent best part is the opportunity to work with a group of talented, bright and fun, young people. In case no one noticed, I am the oldest on daily staff, and I have been enlightened by being with them on a regular basis. Really, the BEST part of my job is Landon. What a joy!"
Dave is "the money man." He loves the people he works with and the flexible hours. Dave is from Lafayette, Georgia and loves his wife's Jambalaya.
As the Financial Secretary, Camille keeps track of designated giving and pledging. Her favorite biblical character is Peter — "he was so strong in his faith, yet showed such human weakness as well." She loves country music, much to her husband's utter dismay, and her favorite food is spaghetti and meatballs.
As the Preschool Director, Donna strives to master of all the roles the job entails: "Mentor, Counselor, Plumber, Nurse, Playmate, Administrator, Decision-Maker, etc..." She loves being part of the lives of the families that share their precious children with us. Her favorite book is "Angels and Demons" and her favorite vacation spot is Hawaii.
NEWPORT CENTER UMC
phone (949) 644-0745
fax (949) 644-9245