Who We Are
WE ARE COMMITTED TO MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF THOSE IN THE COMMUNITY AND IN THE WORLD!
First United Methodist Church is a community of people committed to making a difference in the lives of those in the community and in the world. Our goal is to reach people with the love and compassion of Christ and does so by serving the heart of the community. We choose to put our emphasis on children, students and adults looking for connection with God and people. We want to help people of all ages grow in their faith journey and serve our neighbors.
First Church Lex is committed to building relationships and creating authentic community. Life groups encourage and equip participants to be more loving, more selfless, more joyful and more hopeful. First Church Lex provides care and encouragement through prayer and encouragement to everyone who calls First UMC their church home.
Serving opportunities impact the local Lexington and surrounding Dawson County community and the world while significantly impacting the lives of those serving! First United Methodist Church has a heart for families in poverty and actively engages in opportunities that focus on children, including local community partnerships committed to addressing basic needs like food, health care, and shelter.
First United Methodist Church has a history of more than 120 years in the community and we are just beginning to imagine what the future holds for us!
What we believe
United Methodists affirm the historic Christian faith as affirmed in the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed.
WE BELIEVE IN THE TRIUNE GOD, THE TRINITY – FATHER, SON AND HOLY SPIRIT
- God the Father / Creator, who brings creation into existence, upholds and reveals the ways of life that make for peace and wholeness, and ever works to heal and transform life through power of love.
- God the Son, Jesus Christ, the firstborn of a new creation who through his life, death and Resurrection saves us and all of creation from the power of sin and death.
- God the Holy Spirit, who comforts, sustains, guides and empowers us to participate in God’s love and mission in the world.
WE BELIEVE EVERY PERSON IS A BELOVED CHILD OF GOD.
- Who God created in God’s image, with inherent worth and dignity.
- Who confronts and suffers the distorting and destructive effects of sin in this life.
- Whom God has reconciled in the life, death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, defeating the powers of sin and death.
- Whom God seeks to make holy and whole, through the presence of the Holy Spirit, transforming us into Christlikeness.
WE BELIEVE IN THE CHURCH AS THE COMMUNITY CALLED TO BE INSTRUMENTS OF GOD’S PRESENCE AND COMING REIGN IN JESUS CHRIST.
- Where people worship God joyfully, proclaim God’s Word faithfully and share the sacraments of baptism and Holy Communion.
- Where all people are welcomed and nurtured as God’s sons and daughters.
- Where people are initiated into Christ’s body and nurtured toward Christian maturity through worship, prayer, study, fellowship and service.
- Where the light of God’s love, justice and peace exposes and overrules evil, injustice and sin.
- Where we participate in God’s mission of inviting, preparing, and enlisting disciples of Jesus Christ to transform the world and to follow the risen Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit, into the hurting places of the world and among the outcasts and the forgotten.
WE BELIEVE IN THE BIBLE AS GOD’S REVEALED WORD.
- Authoritative in matters of faith and practice.
- Containing the story of God’s mighty acts of salvation in creation, in faithful engagement with people through the ages and supremely in Jesus Christ.
- The primary source for understanding the nature and purposes of God.
- Interpreted in the power of the Holy Spirit present in the community of faith.
WE BELIEVE IN THE FINAL TRIUMPH OF GOD’S REIGN OF COMPASSION, JUSTICE, GENEROSITY AND PEACE.
- Anticipating the first fruits made possible today through the power of the Spirit and the reign of Christ.
- Discovering a renewed creation where sin, suffering and death are overcome and God’s victory is complete.
- Celebrating with all the faithful who are raised to live eternally in God’s loving presence.
- Extending God’s love to the whole creation, with God’s mercy redeeming all of God’s works, all that God loves.
From The 2013-2016 Handbook of The United Methodist Church
Our UMC mission
Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
First United Methodist Church Lexington was established in 1872 as the Plum Creek church by a small group of thirty people who wanted to connect with the benefits of American Methodism, with its emphasis on personal holiness, social outreach and dynamic worship. The founders of the church met for teaching, preaching and prayer, followed by worship in the homes of the people under the direction of lay people. Once each quarter they would attend a quarterly conference led by a Methodist preacher. When they built the first church facility in 1877, it was out of a desire for Christ to be at the center of their lives and the church to be at the heart of the community.
Over the years First UMC would prove itself to be a church where people were willing to widen the circle for those who were searching for a community in which to worship and to live. The church became a center of community functions. It was a place where school graduations were held, weddings and funerals of community members took place, and cooperative ministries were shared with other congregations. First UMC Church members over the decades have reached out to others to offer programs and ministries that blessed the lives of local residents, displayed compassion to those in need, and met real needs in the community. In the late 1800’s our church hosted an ecumenical Union Sunday School. We are a living testament to the importance of ecumenical work with partner churches throughout the community yet today!
First UMC Lexington has always been a place where people have shown a special devotion to the Christ’s teachings and the work of the church. Our story is one of people who are willing to worship, grow and serve in community, sharing Christ and transforming the world.
In the 19??s, when the Lexington community rapidly expanded with the development of what used to be ????, First Church Lexington members made bold decisions when it came to buildings and parsonages. We were a mobile people, a people who did with what they had until what they had no longer fit the mission and ministry of the church. Multiple church buildings, multiple parsonages, and in the words of our 100 year celebration history booklet, “It is true that churches and parsonages do not a church make…Great sacrifices have been made with the confident expectation that we will not fail to justify these sacrifices as we strive to meet the needs of a changing world.”
In 1910 our current location was dedicated. There would be additions and the reworking of spaces to accommodate the changing needs of the ministry. These would include the addition of classrooms, administrative offices, handicap accessible features, and a number of updates. There would be the addition of the preschool on the northeast corner of 8th & Jackson, the purchase of the current parsonage at 15th & Jackson in 1963.
Between 1957 and 1972 the local Committee on Missions made it a priority to participate in the International Christian Youth Exchange Program. This program brought international students into the homes and community of church members. There were also a number of families who sent their own children into the world as well. All with the goal of creating opportunity for the exchange of ideas, traditions, hopes, and ambitions.
The dynamic changes the community of Lexington has seen through the years could be seen and experienced in a number of ways. But this church has a proud history of widening the circle of welcome, of valuing the sharing of culture and common dreams. May we continue to flourish as the people of God as we remain true to the ideals of the pioneer folks who founded our church, all who have served and sacrificed for the church’s ministry and mission, may we hold to the vision of being the church where people live with Christ at the center of their lives and loves and serves our neighbors in the heart of our community.