New?

We know that visiting a new church for the first time can be an awkward experience. We want to be as helpful as we can to make your experience a good one. The following is an FAQ on "What to Expect" when you visit.


Please scroll down for the Pastor's note and scripture(s) for this upcoming Sunday. It's a little preview to make your visit more enjoyable. 

What to expect

What is your worship service like?  

The casual beauty of our sanctuary and church grounds relaxes the formal tone commonly associated with the fairly traditional liturgy that guides our worship services. On a typical Sunday you can expect an anthem from our choir (or an occasional small ensemble); old school traditional hymns alongside newer compositions; thoughtful challenging sermons; reminders to take our faith into the world through Christlike loving actions; and a diverse group of people seeking a sense of common purpose and connection with God. All of these elements blend in ways that help us grow in faith and move further into loving action the other six days of the week. 


What should I wear?

We invite you to come as you are whether you are visiting for the first time or for the 100th. Casual or more formal; you decide. We want you to feel at home.


How long will the services last?

Our services last about an hour. 


Will I have to say anything, sign anything, or be singled out in any way?

Please don’t be nervous about your first visit with us. You are our guest, and we want you to feel comfortable. While you will be greeted and welcomed, you won’t be put on the spot or publicly embarrassed. During the service, you'll notice a connection card form in your bulletin. You can fill it out if you'd like more information about the church or if you'd like to connect with the pastor or a ministry. If you'd rather remain anonymous, that's ok too.


Will I be expected to give money?

Absolutely not! However, during each service there is a time to worship God through the giving of tithes and offerings. This is an act of worship for our members and friends, allowing them to share in the church's ministry to the community and to the world. As a guest, please do not feel any pressure or obligation to give.


What about my kids? Is there child care available?

We have one service at 8:30 a.m. and a second at 10:00 a.m.The nursery is available for children at the 10:00 service. 


There is also Sunday School for children pre-K through 8th grade during the 10:00 a.m. service. And on the first Sunday of each month, the kids remain in the sanctuary with their families. Activities are provided for them to work on at their seat. The nursery is still available on these Sundays.


Are your facilities handicapped accessible?

Yes, the main level of the church facility including the foyer, restrooms, and sanctuary are wheelchair accessible via a ramp. Downstairs is accessed using a lift (like an elevator). 



How do I get there, and is parking available?

Yes, we have free parking on the premises! Please visit 'Connect & Contact' tab under 'Welcome' for directions! 


Are you affiliated with a particular denomination?

Browns Point United Methodist Church is a congregation of The United Methodist Church and is, along with 263 other congregations, a part of the Pacific Northwest Conference which connects churches throughout Washington and Northern Idaho. While we are a United Methodist church, people who attend come from a wide variety of faith backgrounds - Catholic, Lutheran, Presbyterian, nondenominational, etc. We are also a reconciling congregation which means that we openly welcome our brothers and sisters who are LGBTQIA.


What if I'm not even sure I believe in God?

We believe that the spiritual life is best thought of as a journey. Some of us are miles down the road and others have miles to go. Some imagine they are going the right way while others insist a new road will get 'there' faster. At Browns Point UMC, you'll find companions for the journey and possibly people heading down a similar path to yours. We believe that the big questions of life are best asked and wrestled with while one is walking along talking with others and discerning truth as they go.


Will I understand the message even if I don't know much about the Bible?

Our pastor works to speak to people where they are and to connect the teachings of the Bible with the challenges modern people face today. Her messages are accessible to those new to the faith and nuanced for those who have been around for a while. 


I still have more questions! 

Please feel free to call or email us. Phone 253-927-3188. 

Email brownspointumc@gmail.com


We check for phone messages on a regular basis when we are not in the church. We'll be happy to answer any question you may have. Better yet, why not visit us this Sunday and see for yourself what a great place Browns Point UMC can be!

The following is for

May 21

We have two services - one at 8:30 a.m. and the next at 10:00 a.m. Coffee and fellowship follow each service.

From the PAstor

    Greetings my brothers and sisters in the joy of the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! I am having a wonderful time in San Antonio at the Festival of Homiletics for Preaching!

    This Sunday we look at the Defiant Dance of Missions. We will hear the story of Jesus giving the Great Commission to the disciples after he is resurrected from the grave. He tells the disciples that they are called to make disciples of all the nations and baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

    While I have been down here in San Antonio, I am learning about Texas history. I went to the Alamo for the first time ever and properly remembered it. Then one night after dinner, my friends and I were walking back to the hotel and came across the oldest operating sanctuary in the United States. It is the San Fernando Cathedral. It was completed in 1749. It was started by missionaries from the Canary Islands (I confess I had to Google where that is…they are off the archipelago of Spain. My college geography professor would not be happy with me). On certain nights during the week, they have an art media show on the façade of the cathedral. It tells the story of the city’s complex history: its humble beginnings in the early 1700s to the Texas Revolution, to the capture of the Native American Chief Geronimo and the Civil War in the 1800s, and finally to the dynamic and diverse community it’s become today.

    As we think about what it means to make disciples to all the nations, we cannot forget that it is all about relationships. Making disciples has never been about hit and run evangelism. Nor is it about imperialism or colonialism. Instead, it is about being humble when we meet another brother and sister in Christ, sharing with them our story and how God has blessed our lives and also listening deeply to how God is present in theirs. Our job is not getting them to think like us, worship like us, and believe like us. We reach out because we know that God is present with them. When we enter relationship, our understanding of God is broadened and deepened.

    When I think about where our church is going in the next couple of years, this means we too will go forth, leave the comforts of our building to meet new people in our community. This means meeting them wherever they are, whether they are lost, broken, alone, busy, overwhelmed…you get the picture. More and more people are longing for community, knowing that they are accepted and have a place to belong. The truth is we would not be in the church if it weren’t for someone in our lives who helped us find a faith community that was loving, patient, inspiring and encouraging - a faith community that told us no matter what we did that God would always love us.

    I know we get a little nervous with the Great Commission. It’s okay. It’s completely normal. We don’t have to have all the answers. We just get to show up and trust that the Holy Spirit is with us. It’s time to reach out a hand to our neighbors in need and remind them God has not given up on them. This is faithfulness in living out the Great Commission! Where is Jesus calling you to go out, reach out and be present in our community? Who are the people who God has placed on your heart? I invite you to be in prayer and ask God to help you live into this call God has placed on all our hearts.

  

In Christ,

 

Rev. Katie

revkatieklosterman@gmail.com

Matthew 28:16-20

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore 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 that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”