Community United Methodist Church

Who We Are

We are members of CUMC Oakdale, which is part of the California-Nevada Conference of the United Methodist Church. The Methodist Church has its roots in the ministry of John Wesley in England in the 1740's. The movement crossed the Atlantic and flourished in America, before and after the Revolution. By the middle of the 19th century, nearly every town and village in the United States had a church that was served by "circuit riders" of the Methodist Church. Today, the United Methodist Church (UMC) has about 8 million members in the U.S.A.

John Wesley taught, and the UMC still believes, "Though we may not think alike, may we not all love alike?" A Methodist maxim is: "In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity". Methodists, have always maintained a great diversity of opinion on many matters within the Church. However, an essential element of Methodist theology is that our salvation is the act of God's grace entirely and that good works are the fruit of one's salvation, not the way in which that salvation is earned. For an excellent unofficial summary of United Methodist structure and beliefs, read the article here.

What We Believe

About God: God is the creator and ruler of the universe. He exists eternally as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God is both holy and loving.

About the Bible: The Bible is God's word written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the final authority for determining our Christian beliefs and how we are to live.

About the Life We Are Called to Live: Though we are not made right with God by our own goodness, "good works" are not optional for the Christian life. When we give our lives to Christ, it is expected that we will grow towards loving God with all our being and our neighbors as ourselves.

Our History

We are a parish with a long history, dating to 1865. Our United Methodist affiliation and our local history provide a foundation for our individual and corporate spiritual journies in this 21st century. We retain an elegant account of our early history, written in 1954. This account refers to a "current church" on F Street that now houses the Community Christian Reformed Church.

We are a group of people that remember our more recent past, described here by a current member. Here we learn about the joyous move to our current buildings on Poplar Street.

You can download a small Brochure about us.