Our United Methodist History/Heritage

OUR LORD’S HISTORY

Our Lord’s was established as a mission church in 1966 on five acres of land, one block south of the intersection of Sunnyslope Road and Beloit Road across from Valley View Park. A parsonage was built and Rev. Clyde Cross was appointed as the first pastor.

The first worship service on this site was held in the parsonage on December 4, 1966. Services continued in the lower level, and Sunday school classes in the furnace room and the upper level, for the next 19 months.

Ground was broken for a new church building on January 7, 1968. We laid the cornerstone for the new church building with a sanctuary that would hold 155 people on June 23, 1968.

For 28 years, this sanctuary, which is now our Fellowship Hall, was our spiritual home. The memories of baptisms, confirmations, weddings, funerals, communion services, concerts, children’s programs, Christmas Eves, Easter Sundays and many other special worship services are treasured in our hearts.

Because of an increase in Sunday school attendance we added a second level to the building for Christian Education purposes in 1981. Seven class rooms and a large gathering place for Sunday School Children was constructed. We have had, and continue to have, many active classes for children, youth and adults

On April 9, 1995, we broke ground for our new sanctuary which can seat 333 people. Construction began on July 31, a few weeks after Pastor Jim Vahey retired and Pastor Ron Retherford arrived. We held the first service in the new sanctuary seven months later, in February of 1996.

In the years since, the Trustees have led in a complete renovation of the old sections of the building, including the completion of the Wesley Room, Garden Room, Youth Room, and Fellowship Hall with a new library, a new kitchen, a state of the art tech room, and the re-paving of the parking lot.

 

OUR UNITED METHODIST HERITAGE

The United Methodist Church is an 11-million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens doors and opens minds through active engagement with our world.

John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as “practical divinity” has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today. Wesley was particularly concerned about inviting people to experience God’s grace and to grow in their knowledge and love of God through disciplined Christian living. They placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as “practical divinity” has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.

The distinctive shape of our theological heritage can be seen not only in this emphasis on Christian living, but also in Wesley’s distinctive understanding of God’s saving grace. Although Wesley shared with many other Christians a belief in salvation by grace, he combined them in a powerful way to create distinctive emphases for living the full Christian life:

We believe that Christians need to know and study the Old Testament and the New Testament (the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Scriptures).

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