We are a Christ-centered community which seeks to empower disciples and provide a glimpse of the reign of God through inclusive multilingual worship, outreach, and social justice.
Somos una comunidad centrada en Cristo que busca la manera de empoderar discípulos y de ofrecer una mirada del reino de Dios por medio de una adoración inclusiva y multilingüe, extendiéndonos a los de alrededor, y por la justicia social.
Christ-centered: Through the grace of God, we are constantly being transformed as part of the Body of Christ to participate in God's transforming work in the world.
Community: As we worship, serve, and allow ourselves to be served by one another, we are bound together in a unity that celebrates the uniqueness and contribution of each person.
Inclusive: Made up of individuals from the neighborhood and surrounding suburbs, our congregation is ethnically, socially, racially, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse. As a reconciling congregation in the United Methodist Church, we welcome all into full participation of the church regardless of sexual orientation.
Social Justice: Everything we do flows from our faith that God is a God of justice and mercy, actively engaged in the transformation of the world. Specific ministries of discipleship, justice, and mercy flow in response to the prophetic word that calls us to seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God (Micah 6:8).
As followers of Jesus Christ we want to continue with the work we have been called to do; working for social justice, empowering everyone, seeking to be disciples of Jesus and accepting all people regardless of race or background. We are not two churches; we are one because we need each other as members of the body of Christ. We are a multicultural, multilingual, and inclusive worshiping community where all are welcome to share in the faith and love of Christ.
Somos seguidores de Jesús Cristo. Queremos continuar con el trabajo al que hemos sido llamado sin excluir a nadie, trabajando para traer justicia social, empoderando a cada uno, buscando a ser discípulos de Jesús y aceptando todas personas sin importar su raza o condición. No somos dos iglesias, somos una porque nos necesitamos mutualmente porque somos miembros del cuerpo de Jesús. Somos una comunidad de adoración multicultural, multilingüe, e inclusiva en que todos están bienvenidos a compartir la fe y el amor de Jesús Cristo.
Church and Society
Trinity United Methodist Church has long taken a progressive stance in matters of peace and justice. The congregation believes that the church has a prophetic role in society. For more than a century The United Methodist Church has spoken out addressing the concerns of the world. The Social Creed, written in 1908 and continues to be a guiding belief statement.
We believe in God, Creator of the world; and in Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of creation. We believe in the Holy Spirit, through whom we acknowledge God's gifts, and we repent of our sin in misusing these gifts to idolatrous ends. We affirm the natural world as God's handiwork and dedicate ourselves to its preservation, enhancement, and faithful use by humankind. We joyfully receive for ourselves and others the blessings of community, sexuality, marriage, and the family. We commit ourselves to the rights of men, women, children, youth, young adults, the aging, and people with disabilities; to improvement of the quality of life; and to the rights and dignity of all persons. We believe in the right and duty of persons to work for the glory of God and the good of themselves and others and in the protection of their welfare in so doing; in the rights to property as a trust from God, collective bargaining, and responsible consumption; and in the elimination of economic and social distress. We dedicate ourselves to peace throughout the world, to the rule of justice and law among nations, and to individual freedom for all people of the world. We believe in the present and final triumph of God's Word in human affairs and gladly accept our commission to manifest the life of the gospel in the world. Amen.
This is hospitality that is offered not only to those who are like us but to those who may be quite different from us. Trinity/Las Americas is one of the most diverse congregations in the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Trinity, the English-speaking congregation, and Las Americas, the Spanish-speaking congregation, come together to worship bilingually every Sunday morning at 10am. Using projection screens and skilled interpreters, the service is comprehensible to English-speakers and Spanish-speakers alike - in fact, it is a bit like Pentecost every Sunday - especially as we say the Lord's Prayer in unison in both English & Spanish!