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The Vision Statement of the Sidney 1st United Methodist Church is this: “To know God, To love God, To serve God and our neighbor”
We are a growing congregation with a long history of serving the Sidney, NE area. From the first pastor appointed to serve here, Rev. Edgar G. Fowler (1879-1880), to our current pastor, Rev. Corey C. Jenkins (2016-present), we have been a constant presence in Cheyenne County.
As United Methodists, our Three General Rules are as follows:
1.) To do no harm
2.) To do good
3.) To stay in love with God
In keeping with our Methodist tradition as set down by our founder, Rev. John Wesley, we seek always to be as Christ-like as we can. We are called to be the hands, and the feet, and the voice of Christ in the world.
Therefore, our mission from Jesus is clear: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have
commanded you.” [Matt. 28.19-20]
We would invite you to join with a people committed to following Jesus out into the world. After all, how can we expect others to “taste and see that the Lord is good,” if we are not willing to be both salt and light to them?
Pastor Corey has been serving churches in the Great West District of Nebraska since July of 2002. Having served Gordon/Clinton, Culbertson/Trenton, Valentine and now Sidney, he and his wife, Sarah, are excited about where God might be using them in this community.
Pastor Corey believes very strongly that we must have an intelligent, informed faith, and we must be able to say WHY we believe WHAT we believe.
“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.” [NIV 1Peter 3.15]
Even more important than being able to speak of what’s in our hearts, Pastor Corey believes we must have something in our hearts to speak of! We must be an Easter people! We must be a people of prayer and we must have an intimate relationship with God, our Heavenly Father, thru the Son, Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
While it’s true we have to be “in” the world, we cannot be “of” the world. We must be a vital presence in our communities, our state and our world. John Wesley once said, “The Gospel of Christ knows of no religion but social; no holiness but social holiness.” To limit this to acts of mercy or justice is to miss the full scope of our calling. We are called to be Christ-like in every setting we find ourselves.
And finally, to quote Bishop Scott Jones, “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing!” In other words, as Christians, our focus should be on Jesus. Yes, we’re busy in the world and we have all kinds of work to do, but if we find ourselves workin’ for ourselves, we will eventually run out of steam. Jesus must give us the direction, the power and the fruit. Anything less than Jesus is just human effort. Without Jesus, we labor in vain.
Join us for Coffee and refreshments before and after each service.
9:30 am: Sanctuary Worship
This service includes varied music, and may include the Chancel Choir, and Bell choir.
10:30 am: Sunday School
8 AM – 1 PM Monday-Friday