Speak with our pastor about your desire to become a member. The pastor can help guide and direct you in your decision to become a member at First UMC Marengo and can answer any questions you might have about Christianity, the United Methodist Church, and/or First United Methodist Church.
Attend our New Member Classes. This is an opportunity for you to learn more about the history of the United Methodist Church, some of the unique things about our church as compared to others, as well as to look in depth at the vows that you will be making.
Take any appropriate vows of church membership. We recognize that people come into our church from a variety of different places and backgrounds. You can transfer membership from another United Methodist or Christian church. You can reaffirm (for those who are already baptized) or profess your faith (for new Christians) in Jesus Christ. You can also become an affiliate or associate member if you want to remain part of another church as well.
All new members and current members are asked to pledge the following:
Do you confess Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and pledge allegiance to His Kingdom?
Do you receive and profess the Christian faith as contained in the Bible?
Do you promise according to the grace given to you to live a Christian life and always remain a faithful member of Christ’s holy Church?
Will you support the mission and ministry of the United Methodist Church and uphold it by your Prayers, your Presence, your Witness, your Gifts, and your Service?
PRAYERS We commit to uphold the church through our prayers because we realize that we need God’s help in order to be the church. When we pray for our pastor, for our teachers, for one another, and for those who may never even enter our doors, we express our dependence on God so that we might in turn both learn and practice the will of God in the world.
PRESENCE We commit to uphold the church through our regular presence, attendance, and participation in both worship and small groups within the church. Worship is where we find spiritual guidance, comfort and strength and where we practice our faith so that we can carry it into the world. We also recognize that fellowship is an important part of the Christian faith and that we need one another along this journey. We are encouraged to find a Sunday School class, a Bible Study group, or another small group within the church that will help us to grow into the likeness of Christ.
WITNESS We commit to uphold the church through our witness both to one another and to the world. Whether it is through words or deeds, the lives that we live in the world reflect upon the one that we claim to serve. We are encouraged to live as a Christian witness at home, at work, at school, and in our community.
GIFTS Our commitment to uphold the church through our gifts is a thankful response for all that God has given us. Such a commitment reminds us of our role as stewards over everything that God has entrusted to us. The giving of our financial resources also helps to establish and maintain the ministries of our worldwide church that no individual or single congregation could fund alone.
SERVICE Our commitment to uphold the church through our service further reflects our commitment to follow the example of Christ, who came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. God has blessed each one of us with talents and abilities and sharing these with one another is how we show love and gratitude to God and to one another. We are encouraged to not only discover the unique gifts we have been blessed with, but also to use them through participating in a ministry of the church.
We believe that consistent practice of these five expressions of our Christianity in and through our church is expected of each and every member, not only to feel “connected” with other Christians, but also to enable us to grow in our faith journey with Jesus Christ.