History/Mission

churchSouth Reno United Methodist Church was officially chartered in 1989, but we were a church long before that. With people the world over, we share a longing for something and Someone much larger than ourselves; with billions around the world, we have found that our lives are richer when we seek out that Someone together.  Experience has taught us that we all seek God and experience God in different ways, and so we are less a group of people who agree on the answers than a group of people who are asking the same questions.

Our mission, with every Christian on earth, is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Because we are a group of hundreds of different people, we do that in hundreds of different ways: through praying and worshiping together, through continual study, and through caring for and serving each other and the world. Whatever we do, we believe that we do it best by cultivating an attitude and creating a community that is rooted and grounded in love.

What on earth does that mean, you ask? For us, it is both a descriptor that we try hard to live up to, and a goal that guides the work we do as individuals and as a group.

It comes, first of all, from Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus. “I pray,” he writes, “that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” It echoes, too, Jesus’ words in the Gospel of John: “And now I give you a new commandment. Love one another as I have loved you. By this, all people will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

In all that we do and say at SRUMC, we try to live up to this commandment. Through worship, prayer, and study we strive with God’s help to grow deep roots in Christ so that we will stand strong in the storms of life (Matthew 13:23, Matthew 7:24-27). Through mission and service we stretch out our arms and hearts so that we bear good fruit (Galatians 5:22-23). And by building friendships with each other, we learn to create a Christian community of love, mercy, understanding, and joy (Colossians 3:1-15).

SRUMC is not a warehouse to store perfect people. It is a hospital for broken ones, looking for healing and wholeness. Though human beings have never been good at accepting one another, regardless of religious affiliation — sadly, sometimes “religious” people have been the worst at it — our doors are open to everyone. It is a constant learning and growing process, this opening of doors and selves, but we believe passionately that our church must truly be a sanctuary; that is, a place of safety, rest, and love. We hope, if you don’t have a church home of your own, that SRUMC can be that for you.

Thank you for visiting our website. Join us for Sunday worship, and please let us know how we can best be of help to you. You are welcome to call the church office at 851-1181 or email Mary our Office Angel (mary@southrenoumc.org) to answer any questions, or contact Pastor Dawn (pastordawn@southrenoumc.org) or Pastor Becky (pastorbecky@southrenoumc.org) any time. Have a blessed day!