Get To Know Us!
Our Mission & Vision
The mission of Waxhaw United Methodist Church is to lead people to Christ by:
- Growing spiritually
- Serving others
- Worshiping God
- Changing our worlds
Our vision for 2013 is: To bring more people to Christ.
Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.
Reverend Caren Bigelow Morgan
Pastor Caren has a passion for carefully unpacking the truths of Scripture. She is well versed in worship through music and brings a great talent to our services. She has served at Waxhaw UMC for two years. She and her husband have four children. Pastor Caren is very involved in community efforts to assist those in need.
See Pastor Caren’s blog at: http://pastorcaren.blogspot.com
Marsha Carlton, Music Director
The Bible has a lot to say about music, and Marsha’s role is to lead the church’s worship of God in a way that matches the character of God. Marsha is an accomplished musician playing and teaching for many years. She has worked as a music teacher in Union County and is eager to share her gifts with the Church.
Patricia McGee, Organist
Patsy’s role is to assist in bringing God to our worship through music and she does a wonderful job. She has grown up in the church and is very faithful to being a part. Patsy was a school teacher in Union County for many years and it shows in how she cares for everyone she comes in contact with. Come hear her play this Sunday!
Cathy Andrews, Secretary
Cathy is the person in charge of making sure the church is running on a day to day basis. She is in the office every day of the week except on Wednesday making sure that the needs of the congregation are taken care of. Give her a call and introduce yourself.
What We Believe
Just as creeds such as the Apostles’ Creed summarize the belief of all Christians, the Articles of Religion of The Methodist Church and the Confessions of Faith of The Evangelical United Brethren Church form a foundation of doctrine for United Methodists. They, along with Wesley’s Sermons on Several Occasions and Explanatory Notes Upon the New Testament, are “standards” of doctrine for United Methodists.
The Articles of Religion
When the Methodist movement in America became a church in 1784, John Wesley provided the American Methodists with a liturgy and a doctrinal statement, which contained twenty-four “Articles of Religion” or basic statements of belief. These Articles of Religion were taken from the Thirty-Nine Articles of the Church of England—the church out of which the Methodism movement began—and had been the standards for preaching within the Methodist movement. When these articles were voted on by the American conference, an additional article was added regarding the American context, bringing the total number of articles to 25.
These articles became the basic standards for Christian belief in the Methodist church in North America. First published in the church’s Book of Discipline in 1790, the Articles of Religion have continued to be part of the church’s official statement of belief.
The Confession of Faith
The Confession of Faith is the statement of belief from The Evangelical United Brethren Church. Consisting of 16 articles, the current form of this statement of faith was presented and adopted by the 1962 General Conference.
When The United Methodist Church was formed in 1968 from the union of several branches of the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church, both The Articles of Religion and the Confession of Faith were adopted as basic statements of the Christian faith.
Wesley’s Sermons and Notes on the New Testament
Wesley’s sermons contain his basic understanding of the Christian faith and his thinking about how we are to live out this faith both personally and corporately. His written sermons were intended to teach the basic beliefs of the faith as well as nurture and encourage his followers in their discipleship.
Wesley’s Explanatory Notes Upon the New Testament provided his followers with tools for interpreting the Bible. These notes contained both Wesley’s own ideas as well as insights borrowed from other interpreters and commentaries.
Read Wesley’s Notes on the Bible