What do I need to know about Memorial UMC?

First of all, you should know that we are very glad you’ve found us!  Ours is a church with a long history in McCook.  Since 1884 the Methodists have been in ministry in this community.  We have occupied three different buildings in two different locations, but have been on the corner of Norris Avenue and E Street since 1926.  Ours is a beautiful building in which to worship, serve, and grow.  Our membership is varied.  With nearly 900 members, there are folks from all walks of life, different backgrounds, different experiences, and different views about a variety of things.  We offer different opportunities for growth, service, and worship for all age levels.  We don’t pretend to be the perfect church, but we believe that God is grooming us toward Christian Perfection – which is the perfect love of God and neighbor.  

In the UMC, we observe two sacraments:  Holy Communion and Baptism.  Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month, and is available to anyone who desires to receive the elements of bread and grape juice.  We are in no position to deem anyone unworthy to receive them, or unwelcome at Christ’s table.  Christ himself would never turn anyone away, and neither will we.  Baptism is celebrated at such times as it is requested.  In our tradition we will baptize babies, children, youth, or adults.  We recognize baptism performed at other churches and in other traditions…it isn’t for us to say that God wasn’t there, and that it didn’t count.  We will not rebaptize anyone – because again, what God has done once doesn’t need to be re-done.  We do celebrate, from time to time, a reaffirmation of our baptism vows.