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Beliefs
Beliefs
United Methodists share a common heritage with all Christians. According to our foundational statement of beliefs in The Book of Discipline, we share the following basic affirmations in common with all Christian communities: 
 
Trinity
We believe in the triune God. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are commonly used to refer the threefold nature of God. 
We believe in one God, who created the world and all that is in it. 
We believe that God is sovereign; that is, God is the ruler of the universe. 
We believe that God is loving. We can experience God's love and grace. 

Jesus
We believe that Jesus was human. He lived as a man and died when he was crucified. 
We believe that Jesus is divine. He is the Son of God. 
We believe that God raised Jesus from the dead and that the risen Christ lives today.
We believe that Jesus is our Savior. In Christ we receive abundant life and forgiveness of sins. 
We believe that Jesus is our Lord and that we are called to pattern our lives after his. 

The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is God with us. 
We believe that the Holy Spirit comforts us when we are in need and convicts us when we stray from God. 
We believe that the Holy Spirit awakens us to God's will and empowers us to live obediently. 

Human Beings
We believe that God created human beings in God's image. 
We believe that humans can choose to accept or reject a relationship with God. 

The Church
We believe that the church is the body of Christ, an extension of Christ's life and ministry in the world today. 
We believe that the mission of the church is to make disciple of Jesus Christ. 
We believe that the church is "the communion of saints," a community made up of all past, present, and future disciples of Christ. 
We believe that the church is called to worship God and to support those who participate in its life as they grow in faith. 

The Bible
We believe that the Bible is God's Word. 
We Believe that the Bible is the primary authority for our faith and practice. 
We believe that Christians need to know and study the Old Testament and the New Testament (the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Scriptures). 

The Reign of God
We believe that the kingdom or reign of God is both a present reality and future hope. 
We believe that where ever God's will is done, the kingdom or reign of God is present. It was present in Jesus' ministry, and it is also present in our world whenever persons and communities experience reconciliation, restoration, and healing. 
We believe that the fulfillment of God's kingdom--the complete restoration of creation-- is still to come. 
We believe that the church is called to be both witness to the vision of what God's kingdom will be like and a participant in helping to bring it to completion. 
We believe that the reign of God is both personal and social. Personally, we display the kingdom of God as our hearts and minds are transformed and we become more Christ-like. Socially, God's vision of the kingdom includes the restoration and transformation of all creation. 

Sacraments
With many other Protestants, we recognize the two sacraments in which Christ himself participated: Baptism and the Lord's Supper. 

Baptism
Through baptism we are joined with the church and with Christians everywhere. Baptism is a symbol of new life and a sign of God's love and forgiveness of our sins. Persons of any age can be baptized. We baptize by sprinkling, immersion or pouring. A person receives the sacrament of baptism only once in his or her life. The Lord's Supper is a holy meal or bread and wine that symbolizes the body and blood of Christ. The Lord's Supper recalls the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and celebrates the unity of all the members of God's family. By sharing this meal, we give thanks for Christ's sacrifice and are nourished and empowered to go into the world in mission and ministry. We practice "open Communion," welcoming all who love Christ, repent of their sin and seek to live in peace with one another. 

 

It's that time of year again - Vacation Bible School!

This year, we are doing Cave Quest.
Join us for VBS July 18-22.
Monday, July 18th we ask that kids be dropped off @ 5:30.
Tuesday thru Friday VBS will start @ 6:00.
VBS will conclude at 8:00 each night.





Please see the attached registration form and Pre-Register!!
Do so ASAP so we can get enough goodies for everyone to have a fantastic week

How to turn them in??
Print your form - fill it out - then either text, fax, or bring your completed form to church.
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Where we join together in faith, hope and love, committed to the mission of Jesus Christ: love God, love one another, and make disciples. 
Whether you are a Methodist, of another denomination, exploring religion, or looking for a church home, we welcome you to join us. 

We invite you to worship with us on Sunday Mornings for a blended worship service at 10:00 AM. We have Sunday School classes available at 9:00 AM before worship. 

We are located at 41181 Hwy 933 in Prairieville, Louisiana. Call us at 225-622-1266 or email us at carpenterschapel@eatel.net
 
Finding Our Purpose Again:
“Get The Quarterback”
 
 One of my favorite sayings is “when you find yourself up to your belly-button in alligators, it’s difficult to remember that your original goal was to drain the swamp!”

Translated, it means your effort got so complicated you lost track of why you were in the swamp in the first place.  Montgomery-Ward, one of America’s great department stores, went bankrupt in 2000, and the CEO reported “we lost our focus, which was to serve the customer.”  A college Linebacker, charged with stopping the run, dropping back in pass coverage, keeping the quarterback contained and so much more, was moved to Defensive End.  He told the media  “I don't have a thousand things in my mind on every play anymore; my job description now is three words.”  When the reporters asked what those were, he said with a big toothy grin, “Get the quarterback.”
 
Churches are no different.  What once was our only job description has become so blurred that most church members couldn't even define the reason a church exists.  We have become lost in meetings, committees, politics, personal preferences, who did/didn't get their feelings hurt, arguing about everything from the color of classrooms, to music selections, to the worship design, to who’s in charge of the kitchen and uncountable other wanderings.  So many churches have become “all about me.”
 
Then, you study those churches that are growing, expanding, struggling to find room for everyone, and you have that “Aha” moment: every one of them has a single, clear focus woven through all they are and all they do.  They KNOW why they’re there, and it’s one, single reason, undiluted by a myriad of paralyzing bureaucracies.  They KNOW what their purpose is and the congregation is committed to that one focus and making it happen.  That purpose is to simply “create an environment that draws people in and introduces them to the Living Christ.”  Nothing else matters.  Nothing.  Nada.  Zilch.  It’s all about one thing and one thing only: a commitment to bring seekers in and guide them to a life in Jesus. 
 
John Wesley stood at the beach in England and bid farewell to a ship filled with new, excited Believers, sailing to the young America.  He gave them a single charge: “Go offer them Christ.”  If more of our churches could somehow remember that’s our ONLY reason for being, then my, oh my, what a difference it would make.  THAT’S the reason we’re in the swamp in the first place. 
 
Dr Peter