About

 

As the very first church built in Albany, Oregon, Albany Methodist has a storied and proud past. As the years have passed and the times have changed, Albany Methodist has built upon this wonderful history while staying relevant to each new generation. Albany Methodist is a member of the United Methodist Church, a denomination that has churches in every country on earth. We believe in embracing both the old and new and you will find our worship to be both comfortably grounded and refreshingly modern.

God calls each of us to a closer walk together. We believe that God is still at work in the world, especially in the human heart. We are a growing community of faith that sees each person as necessary and unique. We are building a congregation in which all are welcomed and treasured as we follow the way of Christ in this challenging modern world.

Church Office Hours     

Tuesday 9:00am-2:00pm

Wednesday 9:00am-2:00pm

Thursday 9:00am-2:00pm

What We Believe

As United Methodists, we have an obligation to bear a faithful Christian witness to Jesus Christ, the living reality at the center of the Church’s life and witness. To fulfill this obligation, we reflect critically on our biblical and theological inheritance, striving to express faithfully the witness we make in our own time.

Distinctive Emphases

John Wesley and the early Methodists were particularly concerned about inviting people to experience God’s grace and to grow in their knowledge and love of God through disciplined Christian living. They placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as “practical divinity” has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.

The distinctive shape of our theological heritage can be seen not only in this emphasis on Christian living, but also in Wesley’s distinctive understanding of God’s saving grace. Although Wesley shared with many other Christians a belief in salvation by grace, he combined them in a powerful way to create distinctive emphases for living the full Christian life.

Grace

Our United Methodist heritage is rooted in a deep and profound understanding of God’s grace. This incredible grace flows from God’s great love for us. Did you have to memorize John 3:16 in Sunday school when you were a child? There was a good reason. This one verse summarizes the gospel: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” The ability to call to mind God’s love and God’s gift of Jesus Christ is a rich resource for theology and faith.”

Worship with us

Here at Albany Methodist we celebrate! We celebrate God’s great love for each of us. We celebrate all ages and stages of life. We celebrate each person’s faith journey as they grow and deepen in faith. We celebrate our historic past, our vibrant present and our exciting future. We invite you to come and join us as we worship and celebrate!

As of August 1, 2021, in-person worship requires wearing a mask for ages five and up, and everyone 12 and older needs to be vaccinated. Bring your vaccination card the only the first time you come, and we’ll put your name on the Reopening List. Or, you can join us online from wherever you happen to be!

Our worship celebration happens each Sunday at 10:30am in our Sanctuary. Each Sunday is different. One Sunday we might have contemporary praise music, the next might be contemplative or traditional. Most Sundays, you’ll hear both the piano and our mighty pipe organ. Regardless, each worship service is accessible and grounded. All (and we do mean all!) are welcome to join us for worship, or any of our church activities.

The church address is:

1115 28th Ave. SW, Albany, Or 97321

Phone: 541 928-3505

Email: info@albanymethodist.org

For directions, click the map at the bottom of the web site.

Church Staff

Rev. Lura Kinder-Miesen

Rev. Lura Kinder-Miesen

Pastor

Rachel McKirdy

Rachel McKirdy

Office Manager

Walt Hammond

Walt Hammond

Operations Director

Lori Mohr

Lori Mohr

Director of Education

Jill Gosswiller

Jill Gosswiller

Parish Nurse

Eric McKirdy

Eric McKirdy

Music Director & Principal Organist