Being an Oasis Church

The United Methodist Church (UMC) is in a challenging time and some churches are choosing to end their affiliation with the UMC. As we experience this conflict, there are brothers and sisters who desire to remain Methodist but whose church has disaffiliated. Chapel UMC (CUMC) has decided to be an Oasis Church that welcomes those looking for a new church home.

An oasis is a fertile area of a desert environment that sustains plant life and provides a habitat for people and animals. It can also mean a haven or a sanctuary. In Scripture, an oasis may be a well where one can find abundant water as in John 4:1-26. Jesus tired out from his journey is sitting by Jacob’s well near the city of Sychar, when a Samaritan woman comes to draw water. Jesus asks the woman for a drink. She responds by asking Jesus how he could ask her to give him a drink since he is a Jew and she is a Samaritan woman. Jesus responds that whoever drinks the water he gives, will never thirst as it will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life. The woman asks for this water, so she will never be thirsty again and then runs to tell her people of Jesus, the Messiah.

When our faith journey encounters a desert time, we have faith that Jesus, the living water is the only way our thirst will be quenched. As an Oasis Church, CUMC continues to offer Jesus the living water and author of life itself. We welcome all to our loving church as we understand the grief that is experienced from losing a church home. We are ready to walk with our brothers and sisters to drink from the well of healing and comfort. Here all will find rest, renewed hope and faith that with God all things are possible.

With a Grateful Heart for CUMC and In the Boundless Love of Christ,

Pastor Lenore

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