Important New Pandemic Guidance from Bishop Laurie and the Iowa Conference Appointive Cabinet
In light of worsening Covid-19 positivity rates, the crisis faced by our healthcare systems, and out of an abundance of caution and love for our neighbor, Bishop Laurie Haller and the Appointive Cabinet is directing clergy and churches to cease in-person Worship and church activities through January 10, 2021. Virtual Church is at 9am every Sunday. If you can’t use Facebook, use Zoom – Topic: Sunday Worship Join Zoom Meeting https://umcom.zoom.us/j/7467738000 Meeting ID: 746 773 8000 Dial by your location +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) Meeting ID: 746 773 8000
The congregation at the Walker United Methodist Church wishes to extend an invitation for you to come and worship with us. We are a community built up in love by reaching out and welcoming all persons as they are, in the name of Jesus Christ; nurturing one another in our relationship to God and in the Christian faith; and being disciples of Jesus Christ in transforming our community and the world. All are welcome and invited to join us in worshipping God.
The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world by proclaiming the good news of God's grace and by exemplifying Jesus' command to love God and neighbor, thus seeking the fulfillment of God's reign and realm in the world.
We are a community formed by God, whose Holy Spirit will help us to take our blinders off and open our eyes to see the needs of the people around us, and then will empower us to help with what is needed. With our eyes opened, we, as a worshiping community, will not only uphold all that we do with prayer, but we also will pray with people who want and need prayer, for those who have no faith in God, for those who may differ with us, and for peace in the world. All that we do will be with a caring and compassionate heart.
Seeking to make disciples, we will encourage broad involvement and participation by persons of both genders, young and old alike. We will especially seek to involve and build the faith of the younger generation, helping our young people to develop a strong foundation that will prepare them for living a life in Christ and for becoming the Church of the future.
Just as John Wesley saw the world as his parish, we see the world around us and, in particular, the Walker community as our parish. We believe that we should be out in the community, spreading hope and the good news of Jesus Christ through our loving example and our helping hands—truly being “salt and light” to those around us. Through our ministry and missions we will show the hope of the Gospel to all generations. Our desire is to lead people to seek God willingly through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and to become a part of God’s Church. We hope to make disciples for Jesus Christ and show that God is present in the world for all.
With our blinders off, we will be a people of peace, respect, and compassion in our daily lives, offering our God-given gifts and talents as He intends for us to do—our bodies, budget, schedule, and minds.Together, as a community formed by God and as His servants, we celebrate being the church, the body of Jesus Christ.