Who We Are
(why we are here)
We share with all God’s people a common Purpose
to have a strong relationship with God
by worshipping our Lord and serving with love all people!
“Jesus said, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
and with all your soul, and with all your strength,
and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself’!”
(what we are doing)
Our Mission is to build up followers of Christ by sharing His love in word and deed with Edinburg and beyond for our growth as the family of God!
“Jesus said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation’!” -Mark 16:15
(results of our mission)
The People of Edinburg United Methodist Church foresee Edinburg and the world as a community of peace, joyfully embracing all of creation with love and support as we worship God wholly!
“Faith makes us sure of what we hope for and gives us proof of what we cannot see! Because of our faith, we know that the world was made at God’s command; what can be seen now was made out of what cannot be seen!” -Hebrew 11:1, 3
Our Core Values
In the mid-1800s, Edinburg was known as Blueville, and Methodism in this area was part of a large circuit called the Pawnee Circuit. It was served by traveling ministers who held services in homes and schools. This large circuit included Pawnee, Sharpsburg, and went as far east as Bethany.
The first church building in this area was built in 1863 on the southwest corner of our present Edinburg Cemetery. The minister of the time was Rev. J.A. Gunn and it became known as Gunn’s Chapel. Worship was conducted here until 1875 when this building was moved into the growing village under the pastorate of Rev. Howard Miller. A small cemetery on the corner of W. Masonic and N. Cook Streets marks the spot, three blocks northwest of our current building. In 1876, the first bell in town was placed in the bell-tower and rang out its peals on the following Sunday.
Despite financial difficulties throughout the nation at this time, the congregation paid off their debts and installed electric lights by 1899. Services continued at this site until our current building was constructed in 1900 under the leadership of Rev. L.F. Walden.
On November 26th, 1900, the new Edinburg Methodist Episcopal Church building was dedicated, free of debt. A newspaper of the time reported, “The building is a handsome one. In reality, it is surpassed in beauty and convenience by only one or two churches in the region. It is a credit to the progressive village of Edinburg and to the Methodists who, with enthusiasm, loyal support, and self-sacrifice, made this structure possible. The cost was about $8,000.00.”
In 1951, a basement was added for more classrooms and social space. The was completed and donated by the men of the church.
The stained glass windows of the church are one of its greatest assets. Comments are made about the entire church, but most often the spectacular windows have our guests smiling.
The church as made its presence felt in the community over the years. The church once hosted the Edinburg Food Pantry. Wherever it has been located, we continue to support it both financially and with volunteers. During our annual Labor Day weekend festivities, our church runs the largest and most popular food stand offering great quality “fair food” for prices that just refuse to go up! This stand is made possible by the work of the whole congregation but especially the loving dedication of Max and Carlotta W. The stand is not so much a fundraiser but a witness to the community. The stand remains open until the early morning–as long as the beer tent is serving its fare! We have had fine-looking floats in our Labor Day parade for many years now. We also continue to support our school and community organizations through our prayers, presence, and assistance.
For almost 160 years, our congregation has striven to remain faithful to God’s will to make a difference in the community around us. The pitfalls, struggles, and joys of living out the Gospel has made our church one of sincerity and connection. When we gather together to worship God, to fellowship, study, and do kingdom-work, our longing at EUMC is always to live out the dying words of our Methodist founder, Rev. John Wesley:
“The best of all, God is with us!”
Our Compelling Story
For 157 years, we have been a church in the community with Open Hearts, Open Minds, and Open Doors. Our church has a rich history of leaders who embody what it means to be a Christian disciple by how they live out their beliefs in their daily lives. We have challenged ourselves through God’s teachings and by learning about community needs and developing fresh ways to meet them. Our churches has always been supportive of our community and its residents, having been considered by many throughout the years as a safe haven in times of storm. We strive to nurture disciples of Jesus who worship God through acts of piety like worship and devotion, as well as acts of mercy like compassion and justice. That is, we worship God by loving God, loving our fellow humans, loving ourselves, and loving God’s wonderful creation. We have striven to be a compelling witness to Christ through our words of love and our works of love.
We continue striving to be the Christ-centered family with a desire to do good for our community and world which we were called to be! We would love to see you be a part of that calling, too!
-prepared by the members of EUMC
What We Believe
Methodism recognizes itself as standing firmly within the Christian tradition from the time of the apostles. Specifically, we trace our roots through the Church of England where weekday societies geared for the spiritual renewal of the English people were formed under The Rev. John Wesley (1703-1791). Through his leadership and teachings, these gatherings grew beyond imagination, sparking a revival throughout the British Isles and into the American colonies. This was a revival that transformed the Church and society through a vital religious of heart (inward) and life (outward). Wesley’s “three simple rules” guided His Methodists for centuries:
- Do good.
- Do no harm.
- Stay in love with God.
Wesley believed a living faith comes from real, personal experiences of God. He valued Scripture (accounts of ancient cultures experiencing God), Tradition (the Church’s shared experience of God), Reason (the wisdom of God that comes collectively to humans), and Experience (our own personal encounters with the Living Christ).
Wesley believed in a balanced religious: where the head and heart unite, the personal and public are joined, and inward spirituality meets outward discipleship. The Methodist is one who loves God and neighbor by inward acts of piety AND outward acts of mercy and justice in the world.
The United Methodist Church continues to be active in the world today, involving itself in systematic changes through politics and legislative processes. We take stands on controversial social issues, recognizing God loves every person and everyone is worth fighting for. All people deserve a quality of life and dignity! All people are of self-worth! We also emphasize the grace of God at work in our lives long before we ever recognize it! Everything we do is a response to the goodness already in our lives from God.
The UMC’s mission is “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world!”
For more information about what United Methodists believe, visit our denomination’s website: umc.org.