La Junta UMC
La Junta UMC

Who We Are

The United Methodist Church of La Junta is a welcoming congregation.  We support members in our community and our neighborhood.  We live out our faith to share with others who are seeking to know God and make this world a better place for everyone.  We believe in our core values that is specific to The United Methodist Church of La Junta:

  1. Community
  2. Music
  3. Prayer
  4. Youth Service

Formation of the          United Methodist Church

The United Methodist Church was created on April 23, 1968, when The Evangelical United Brethren Church and The Methodist Church united to form a new denomination.

 

The United Methodist Church was created when Bishop Reuben H. Mueller, representing The Evangelical United Brethren Church, and Bishop Lloyd C. Wicke of The Methodist Church joined hands at the constituting General Conference in Dallas, Texas. With the words, "Lord of the Church, we are united in Thee, in Thy Church and now in The United Methodist Church," the new denomination was given birth by two churches that had distinguished histories and influential ministries in various parts of the world.

Theological traditions steeped in the Protestant Reformation and Wesleyanism, similar ecclesiastical structures, and relationships that dated back almost two hundred years facilitated the union. In the Evangelical United Brethren heritage, for example, Philip William Otterbein, the principal founder of the United Brethren in Christ, assisted in the ordination of Francis Asbury to the superintendency of American Methodist work. Jacob Albright, through whose religious experience and leadership the Evangelical Association was begun, was nurtured in a Methodist class meeting following his conversion.

Our Faith Explained

As United Methodists, we have an obligation to bear a faithful Christian witness to Jesus Christ, the living reality at the center of the Church’s life and witness. To fulfill this obligation, we reflect critically on our biblical and theological inheritance, striving to express faithfully the witness we make in our own time.

 

We believe in the major tenants that all Christians believe - grace, justification, assurance, and sanctification.  John Wesley, in his formation of what is now known as Methodism, combined these tenants to create a distinctive emphases for living the full Christian life.  The Evangelical United Brethren tradition, particularly as expressed by Phillip William Otterbein from a Reformed background, gave similar distinctive emphases.

 

In the United Methodist Church, we hold the following five (5) core principles of our faith:

 

  1. Prevenient Grace - we acknowledge God's prevenient grace, the divine love that surrounds all humanity and precedes any and all of our conscious impulses.  God's grace also awakens in us an earnest longing for deliverance from sin and death and moves us toward repentance and faith.
  2. Justification and Assurance - we believe God reaches out to the repentant believer in justifying grace with accepting and pardoning love. Wesleyan theology stresses that a decisive change in the human heart can and does occur under the prompting of grace and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  In justification we are, through faith, forgiven our sin and restored to God's favor. This righting of relationships by God through Christ calls forth our faith and trust as we experience regeneration, by which we are made new creatures in Christ.
  3. Santification and Perfection - we hold that the wonder of God's acceptance and pardon does not end God's saving work, which continues to nurture our growth in grace. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we are enabled to increase in the knowledge and love of God and in love for our neighbor.  New birth is the first step in this process of sanctification. Sanctifying grace draws us toward the gift of Christian perfection, which Wesley described as a heart "habitually filled with the love of God and neighbor" and as "having the mind of Christ and walking as he walked."
  4. Faith and Good Works - we insist that personal salvation always involves Christian mission and service to the world. By joining heart and hand, we assert that personal religion, evangelical witness, and Christian social action are reciprocal and mutually reinforcing.

    Scriptural holiness entails more than personal piety; love of God is always linked with love of neighbor, a passion for justice and renewal in the life of the world.

  5. Nurture and Mission of the Church - we emphasize the nurturing and serving function of Christian fellowship in the Church. The personal experience of faith is nourished by the worshiping community.  The outreach of the church springs from the working of the Spirit. As United Methodists, we respond to that working through a connectional polity based upon mutual responsiveness and accountability. Connectional ties bind us together in faith and service in our global witness, enabling faith to become active in love and intensifying our desire for peace and justice in the world.

 

Source: The United Methodist Book of Discipline, 2012.  Copyright 2012 by The United Methodist Publishing House.

Upcoming Events:

     Bible Studies:

     New Session Starts:

      November 24, 2019

      Sunday - 4:00 PM

      Monday - 1:00 PM

 

October 19th, 2019

Free Veterans' Breakfast 8:00 AM - Downstairs in Fellowship Hall - all veterans, police, fire, and first responders welcome!

 

October 26th, 2019

An. Bazaar & Craft Fair

8:00-2:00 in downstairs Fellowship Hall

 

October 27th, 2019

United Methodist Men:

Sunday breakfast at 7:21 AM in downstairs Fellowship Hall

Contact Us

La Junta United Methodist Church

601 San Juan Ave

La Junta, CO 81050

 

Phone: (719) 384-7717

E-mail: umclj@centurytel.net

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