The Mission Statement... “The United Church of Phelps reaches out and welcomes all people so they may worship God passionately, become people of prayer, develop a deep faith, demonstrate faith through service, and share their faith.”
We invite people of every age, race, marital status, sexual orientation, means, ability and spiritual tradition to join us in the love of God and neighbor: through worship, dedication to education and commitment to service.
Our Beliefs at United Church of Phelps:
We believe in the triune God: Creator, resurrected Christ, and the Holy Spirit, who guides and brings about the creative and redemptive work of God in the world.
We believe the Bible is the central story of our family of faith. It contains many kinds of literature and all of it reflects the covenant relationship between God and God’s people. But as someone has said, we take the Bible too seriously to always take it literally! Scripture is an invitation to a life-long engagement with God. Our knowledge of God and of scripture is always partial.
We believe that each person is unique and valuable.It is the will of God that every person belong to a family of faith where they have a strong sense of being valued and loved.
We believe that the persistent search for God produces an authentic relationship with God, engendering love, strengthening faith, dissolving guilt, and giving life purpose and direction.
We believe that all can find a place to belong in the church of Jesus Christ No matter who–no matter what–no matter where we are on life’s journey–notwithstanding race, gender, sexual orientation, class or creed–we all belong to God and to one worldwide community of faith. All persons baptized–past, present and future–are connected to each other and to God through the sacrament of baptism. We baptize (infants & adults) during worship when the community is present because baptism includes the community’s promise of ‘love, support and care’ for the baptized–and we promise that we won’t take it back–no matter where your journey leads you.
We believe that all people are welcome at Christ’s table for the Sacrament of Communion. Just as many grains of wheat are gathered to make one loaf of bread and many grapes are gathered to make one cup of juice, we, the many people of God, are made one in the body of Christ, the church. Jesus said, “no one who comes to my table will ever be rejected.”
We believe that God calls us to be servants in the service of others. We understand that true love of God includes love of neighbor. We openly reach out into our community and our world to share the love of Jesus Christ. We believe we are the hands and feet of Jesus and are called to share his love and serve those around us.
We believe that we are called to be a prophetic church. As in the tradition of the prophets and apostles, God calls the church to speak truth to empower and liberate the oppressed, care for the poor and comfort the afflicted.
We are a people of possibility. We are a church that creates breathing room to explore and to hear the ‘still-small voice’ speaking.