Welcome to our website, which should tell you that we are the people of the United Methodist Church with "open hearts, open minds, and open doors," and that we are striving to be a loving, caring, celebrating, learning, serving, and growing family of disciples of Jesus Christ.
We are here in Rutherford for about 136 years. In fact, we were formed as a church community before this town was founded officially. Over more than a century and three decade long ministry and mission we have not lost our corporate identity as a Christian Community, who is centered on the Word of God and "under the same management over 2000 years."
Visit with us, and you may find us a microcosmic global church where each and every one in presence represents differences in many and various ways and yet united in the Spirit of God for the mission of transforming the world.
Pastor BJ Kim, D-Min.
June is the month full of excitements as we'd celebrate every Sunday designated denominationally and nationally: On 5th, as Heritage Sunday, our church historian Bill presents us about some stained glass church windows with his discoveries of the related stories: On 12th, as Peace with Justice Sunday, special offering envelops will be taken to give witness to God's demand for a faithful, just, disarmed and secure world: On 19th, as Father's Day, like Mother's Day in May, special tributes are due to honor them.
Bill's busy walks through old church documents and available contacts reminded me of a church historian, Eusebius. He was the man of early 4th century, established the story of the Church including a chronology of the Bible and the early Church, the dates of Christ's death and the events that followed. That was a difficult undertaking, because many different calendars were in use at the time and he had to match up events recorded under one system to events recorded under others. Eusebius's ten-volume history is our best authority on early Chrsitian history. We own him a special debt because he quotes from many sources that no longer exist. We are blessed that he showed an interest in a broad range of material. He traced the lines of apostolic succession in key cities. Thus we know how the Church has always been nourished with the blood of martyrs. Eusebius told the story of many who suffered for Christ.
Once a year celebration of the Day, for which someone like Bill continue collecting information and referencing to supporting documents and files, if found, and stands aloof in pride to become a witness in the ministry and mission of Rutherford United Methodist Church. I just hope and pray that my fellow members and friends appreciate this brief journey sharing moments so that we may learn of those "cloud of witnesses" surround us as we set forth a new future. Three Cheers, Bill! We love you.