Who We Are
Arlington United Church is a community of believers striving to love as Christ loves and to serve as Christ served. We use the word “striving” because we know we have not yet arrived.
As people brought together by our common faith in Jesus Christ, we celebrate and proclaim Jesus’ life-transforming Good News through the example set forth in the Book of Acts:
- Studying the teachings of Scripture and supporting one another.
- Reaching out to the world with the message and hope of abundant life through Jesus Christ.
- Encouraging and uplifting others through prayer.
- Remembering our Lord through His Holy Sacraments.
- Caring and supporting one another in fellowship and love.
We are a congregation of persons who believe in Jesus Christ as personal Savior and as the Savior of the world.
To make and deepen disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of ourselves, our community, and the world.
Our vision is to be a multiethnic, multigenerational body of believers impacting our community with the love of Christ and reflecting the Body of Christ in all its diversity.
Arlington United Church is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and the Evangelical Covenant Church.
The people of Arlington United Church are diverse in our understanding of theology, ideology, and politics, and we are working toward becoming more ethnically diverse, in order to more accurately reflect the Kingdom of God.
We believe all people are precious in God’s sight and should not be hindered in worshiping God. Therefore we have made our facility accessible and we offer gluten-free communion and hearing devices.
What We Believe
We are pilgrims on a journey and we recognize that we are all at different points on that journey. We welcome those who are honestly seeking God and striving for a closer walk with God. We wrestle through issues together and encourage questions and dialogue.
Our faith is founded on our belief in Jesus Christ, whom we affirm as the Son of God and therefore Lord of our lives. We accept the Bible, both the Old and the New Testaments, as the Word of God and the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine, and conduct.
We believe that all people stand in need of a Savior, and that God Himself, out of His great love for humanity, came into our world in the Person of Jesus Christ to be our Savior. Our salvation, then, is based on our faith in Jesus Christ and not in any merit of our own.
We also believe that God’s love extends to whole persons, body, soul, and spirit, and that the blessings we receive are not meant for us alone, but are meant to be shared. To that end, we give ourselves in service to our community. Our members will be found volunteering at the food bank, Kids’ Kloset, the Brown Bag Brigade providing healthy lunches to patrons of the food bank, Hands Together, offering emergency cold-weather shelter to the homeless, and any other avenue where the love of Christ can be tangibly expressed.