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
I have been with you at Newport Center for four years now. I grew up in Anaheim, and I received a BA from Cal State Fullerton in Psychology and a Masters of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at SMU. My first job was refereeing children’s flag football for the city park’s program. I am married to Doug, who is also a pastor, and we have two adult children, Kelsey and Trent. I recently had the privilege of meeting a Navy destroyer as it came back to port after a five month deployment. I felt proud, patriotic and grateful.
Director of Family Ministries
I am a native of Newport Beach, and I have been working at NCUMC for seven years. I have been in my current position for four years. Recently the size of my family expanded. My husband, David, and I have a baby boy named George. I hold a Master’s Degree in Prankology. (Editor’s note: we in the church office can totally attest to this!) I also love scary movies and television shows.
Director of Music Ministries
I was raised in Claremont, California, and studied at Cal State Los Angeles and Cal State Fullerton. I hold a BA in Classical Piano Performance, and a Master of Music in Chorale Conducting. My wife, Rebecca, and I have been married for 6 years, and we have a daughter, Susanna. My first job was making pizzas at Pizza Pirates – the vigilantes of the pizza business! I love world travel. Currently I am learning how to speak Spanish, and I hope to take an immersion trip to Columbia within the next two years to really hone that skill.
Associate Director of
I grew up in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. I am new to Newport Center UMC, having been in my positon for only a few months, however, I have been going to United Methodist churches all my life. My Dad is the pastor at Palisades UMC, and my Mom is the director of adult ministries at Laguna Country UMC. My brother is a musical theatre major at school in New York City. I am a college student also, and I am studying to become a math teacher. Something unusual about me – I used to live in Canada, and I have dual citizenship.
I have a BS in nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University - Medical College of Virginia, and I am also certified as a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. My first job was in a hospital in the orthopedic ward. As for my current job, I think I have been at it long enough! My husband, David, and I are at that point in our lives where we get to have playdates with our grandchildren. Our son Todd is married to SaraJo, and their daughter is Whitney. Josh, our youngest, is married to Emily, and they have two boys, Henrik and Aksel. I have always liked playdates. When my sons were little, I joined a group of 8 moms and their kids that got together for playdates. The kids are all grown now, but the moms still meet twice a month for “Play Group”, and we have been doing so for 30 years.
Financial Administrator / Treasurer
I was born in Lafayette, Georgia and I grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I have been in my current position at NCUMC since 1999, and I also serve as the Financial Administrator for the Preschool. I graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science degree, achieved the rank of First Lieutenant while serving 3 years in the U.S. Army, and went back to Middle Tennessee State for an MBA with an emphasis in Marketing. My wife, Christine, and I have been married for 47 years. We have been members at NCUMC since 1980. We have two adult children, Todd and Josh, and three grandchildren. It is a joy that they all live close by. I enjoy golf, movies and cooking.
I was born in Elmwood Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. I grew up in Arizona, and I moved to Southern California in 1992. My family, which includes husband, Frank, and children Sarah and Bradley, started coming to NCUMC in the summer of 2009. We became members that fall. I was a stay at home Mom after Bradley was born, and I planned on looking for a part-time job after he graduated from high school. However, this job opened up in the spring of his junior year, and I’m so glad I disregarded my timeline and pursued it. It is the perfect part-time job for someone with my background. I have a degree in Economics from Pomona College. The job also provides a point of symmetry to my work history because my first job was to sort the collection envelopes in the rectory of St. Daniel the Prophet Catholic Church.
My hometown is Huntington Park, California, and I am the second youngest of eight children. My husband and I have been married for 45 years, and we have 2 adult children. It is a different path than my parents took, though we do have five grandchildren! I went to college at UC Santa Barbara, and I have a degree in Early Childhood. I have worked at Newport Center United Methodist Preschool for 27 years. I have been the Preschool Director for the last 15 years. I love to read, and spend time with my family.
I was born and raised in Ontario, California. My first job was in the print department at OfficeMax. I spent three years singing around the world with the Citrus Singers, and then finished my undergraduate work in Music at Cal Poly Pomona. I am a teacher in the Chino Unified School District, and direct and perform in musicals in my spare time. I recently started teaching at Citrus College as an adjunct professor. I love trying new restaurants and I probably watch way more television than I should.
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