First United Methodist Church

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About our Methodist Church


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Mission and Vision

The mission of the United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

The vision of the Ketchikan United Methodist Church is to be a spiritual family, seeking God through Christ, and loving and serving others.

The motto of the United Methodist Church is "Open hearts, open minds, open doors." All people, regardless of any category or station in life, are invited. The open hand of fellowship is extended to everyone.

Our Beliefs

The Holy Bible is our primary source for Christian doctrine. The authors, inspired by God, testify to God's self disclosure in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ as well as in God's work of creation, the pilgrimage of Israel, and in the Holy Spirit's ongoing activity in human history.

We believe in a triune God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God is one but is revealed in Scriptures as three distinct persons.

We believe in one, true, holy, and living God who is the creator, ruler and preserver of all things visible and invisible. God is infinite in power, wisdom, justice, goodness and love.

We believe that God is best known in the life, death, and resurrection of his son, Jesus of Nazareth, who was fully human and fully God. Through him we are forgiven and reconciled to God. Salvation comes by grace through faith in Jesus. He is the source and measure of all valid Christian teaching. We believe that Jesus is coming again.

We believe that God's love is realized in human life by the activity of the Holy Spirit, both in our individual personal lives and in the church. The Holy Spirit is a constant presence who comforts, strengthens and empowers us.

We believe in the grace of God, which is the undeserved, unmerited, and loving action of God in human existence through the ever-present Holy Spirit. God summons us to repentance, pardons us and receives us by grace given to us in Jesus Christ and gives us hope of eternal life.

In justification we are, through faith, forgiven our sins and restored to God's favor. This process of justification and new birth is often referred to as conversion. Such a change may be sudden and dramatic, or gradual or cumulative. In either case it marks a new beginning, yet is also part of an ongoing process. God reaches out to the repentant believer in justifying grace with accepting and pardoning love.

The wonder of God's acceptance and pardon, called salvation, is not the end of God's work. By the power of God's Holy Spirit we are enabled to go on to perfection as we increase in the knowledge and love of God and in love with our neighbor. We are called to holiness of heart and life.

Faith is the only response to salvation. However, the evidence of salvation is found in good works. Holiness involves service to others. Out of gratitude for receiving new life through Jesus Christ we reach out in deeds of mercy and compassion to all of God's creation.

We live in a world broken by sin. God offers each of us the privilege of being co-workers in the re-creation of lives of individuals, society, and the world. We are called to be responsible stewards of our economic and natural resources.

Leadership

Biography of the Rev. W. Terence Erbele

Biography of the Rev. Evelyn Erbele