Church History

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St. Mark's was an Evangelical United Brethern congregation founded in 1963. We began as a small group meeting in the pastor's home and later began worshiping at a local school until the church building was completed in 1969. In 1968 the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethern Church merged to become The United Methodist Church. As the congregation grew the church was enlarged with the addition of a Fellowship Hall and Education Wing. St. Mark's celebrated its 50 year anniversary on June 11, 2013. In the fall of 2014 the congregation became a bilingual bicultural church with the addition of worship services and programming for Spanish speakers.

 

History of the UMC

The UMC did not begin as a church but as a renewal movement within the Church of England started by brothers John and Charles Wesley in the early 1700s. As the movement grew it spread to the American colonies in 1760 and became an independent denomination (The Methodist Episcopal Church) after the American Revolution. Over the centuries, the church experienced several divisions and reunifications, later becoming The Methodist Church in 1939.

 

While the church was in its infancy, two other denominations with similar ecclesiastical structures and Wesleyan theological traditions were forming - The Evangelical Association and the Church of the United Brethern. The two denominations united in 1946 to form the Evangelical United Brethern Church and later merged with The Methodist Church to form The United Methodist Church on April 23, 1968.

 

Throughout our history, Methodists have been passionate about social justice and missions.  We believe in living out John Wesley's mandate to “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” The UMC has missions serving people in need throughout the world with 100% of donations going to the actual mission. For information on our missions and missional giving, go to Advancing Hope. We also provide disaster relief and humanitarian aid around the globe through The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Through our missions, we are able to serve Christ by serving others.

We have a rich history spanning several centuries. The video Clayride provides an entertaining overview of the history of the UMC and our missional heritage: Clayride.

 

Go to our own What is the UMC page

 

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