Our Mission & Vision

The Mission of St. Matthew’s United Reformed Church (UCC) is to worship God, to provide training and support for discipleship growth, and to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed.

 

Our Vision is strenghten our ministry to youth, to provide fellowship opportunities, to grow in membership, to deepen in faith, and to expand the church’s outreach to the community.

VALUES

 

We strive to love and serve God, to love one another and keep relationships healthy, and to welcome and befriend those new to our faith community.

 

Who we are:

*A forgiving  and understanding people.

*A place where everybody is somebody.

*A loving “family”  place to rear children into Gods greater family.

*A place where church heritage is important to all generations.

*A  place that appreciates and understands individual and family struggles and seeks to lend support through those struggles.

 

What we believe:

 

This Church acknowledges as its sole Head, Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Savior of all people.  It acknowledge as brothers and sisters in Christ all who share in this confession.  It looks to the Word of God in the Scriptures, as the ultimate rule of faith and practice, and to the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, to prosper its creative and redemptive work in the world.  It claims as its own the faith of the historic church expressed in the ancient creeds: the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds, and reclaimed in the basic insights of the Protestant Reformers, chiefly the Heidelberg Catechism.   It affirms the responsibility of the Church in each generation to make this faith its own.  In accordance with the teachings of our Lord and practice prevailing among evangelical Christians, it recognizes two Sacraments: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion.

 

Our History

We are proud that our heritage dates back directly to the original Reformation of the Catholic Church beginning in 1516 and 1517.  St Matthew’s United Church of Christ was organized in 1837 as a German Reformed Church.  “Reformed” means to form or shape as before, as our forbears sought to reform,  or  “purify” the Roman Catholic Church of abuses according to the Word of God.  Our current historic building dates back to 1908, when it  replaced the original wooden structure.  We also have a wooden arbor on the grounds, still used for revivals and special services.   The origninal arbor, built in 1845, and the site of the origin of Catawba College, was replaced after a fire in 1988.  In 1934 the Reformed Church in the United States united with the Evangelical Synod to form the Evangelical and Reformed Church.  And then in 1957, the Evangelical and Reformed Church united with the Congregational Christian Churches, part of whose heritage dates back to the Puritans who came to Massachusetts Bay, to form the United Church of Christ.  In 2012, St. Matthew’s celebrated its 175th Anniversary.  As we celebrate each year, we thank God for all his blessings and remember with gratitude all the persons who have been a part of this congregation.    A spirit of unity has resulted from our love, concern, and dedication.  The name and works of the Almighty God have been made known and reflected through our worship, learning, witness, service, and support.  As we move into the future, may we continue to experience this spirit of unity and be open to God’s presence, guidance, and support.

 

The United Church of Christ

 

Welcome to the United Church of Christ – a communnity of faith that seeks to respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed.  The UCC was founded in 1957 as the union of several different Christians:  from the beginning of our history, we were a church that affirmed the ideal that Christians did not always have to agree with one another to live together in communion.  Our motto- “that they may all be one” – is Jesus’ prayer for the unity of the church.  The UCC is one of the most diverse Christian churches in the United States.

 

Faithful and Welcoming

 

About Faithful and Welcoming

Who We Are

Members of FWC generally describes themselves as one or more of the following: evangelical, conservative, orthodox, or traditional (ECOT). Many FWC members disclaim one or more of these labels, because we come from different traditions and perspectives. We advocate for a point of view often underrepresented and misunderstood, and sometimes maligned within denominational life.

As Faithful and Welcoming Churches, clergy, and laity, we strive to be…

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to God our Father and Creator, to Jesus Christ, our Lord and only Savior, and to the Holy Spirit
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to the Bible as our ultimate authority for faith and practice
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to the apostolic faith declared by the Church across the years and around the world and reaffirmed in our historic traditions
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to the preservation of the family, and to the practice and proclamation of human sexuality as God’s gift for marriage between a man and a woman
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to all, as we seek through repentance and faith to do the will of God
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to fresh insight from the Scriptures that is consistent with our commitment to biblical authority
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to new ideas of how our congregations may experience health and growth to transform our world through the gospel of Jesus Christ
You may find out more by going to http://faithful and welcoming.org