The PCC Mission
- Experience love in action at Pasadena Community Church, where all are welcome.
- Connect to real people, real pastors and a real God.
- Grow in your faith and find your mission.
- Serve Christ by serving others and sharing your witness.
Meet some of our members who are living our mission.
Pasadena Community Church is a United Methodist Congregation. Our church has a rich history of innovation and service to God.
Learn the History of Pasadena Community Church
PCC has a wonderful history as the first “drive-in” church that attracted beach go-ers. Our founding pastor J. Wallace Hamilton became nationally known and his sermons inspired many including Dr. Martin Luther King. Read more and see photos of the early days of PCC.
With Christians of other communions we confess belief in the triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This confession embraces the biblical witness to God’s activity in creation, encompasses God’s gracious self-involvement in the dramas of history, and anticipates the consummation of God’s reign.
The created order is designed for the well-being of all creatures and as the place of human dwelling in covenant with God. As sinful creatures, however, we have broken that covenant, become estranged from God, wounded ourselves and one another, and wreaked havoc throughout the natural order. We stand in need of redemption.
” … Because God truly loves us in spite of our willful sin, God judges us, summons us to repentance, pardons us, receives us by that grace given to us in Jesus Christ, and gives us hope of life eternal.”
According to our foundational statement of beliefs, United Methodists share basic affirmations in common with all Christian communities. Learn about the hallmarks of the United Methodist theological traditions.
John Wesley and the early Methodists emphasized Christian living, putting faith and love into action. Learn about the essentials of a Christian life.
The Articles of Religion
When the Methodist movement in America became a church in 1784, John Wesley provided the American Methodists with a liturgy and a doctrinal statement, which contained twenty-four “Articles of Religion” or basic statements of belief. These Articles of Religion were taken from the Thirty-Nine Articles of the Church of England—the church out of which the Methodism movement began—and had been the standards for preaching within the Methodist movement.
These articles became the basic standards for Christian belief in the Methodist church in North America. First published in the church’s Book of Discipline in 1790, the Articles of Religion have continued to be part of the church’s official statement of belief.
The Confession of Faith
The Confession of Faith is the statement of belief from The Evangelical United Brethren Church. Consisting of 16 articles, the current form of this statement of faith was presented and adopted by the 1962 General Conference.
When The United Methodist Church was formed in 1968 from the union of several branches of the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church, both The Articles of Religion and the Confession of Faith were adopted as basic statements of the Christian faith.
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From:The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church – 2004.
Do I have to be baptized in order to be saved?
No, salvation is a lifelong process during which we must continue to respond to God’s grace.
Does The United Methodist Church accept the baptism of other denominations?
Yes, The United Methodist Church recognizes the baptism of other Christian denominations.
What is the creed of the United Methodist Church?
The Methodist Social Creed originated…to express Methodism’s outrage over the lives of the millions of workers in factories, mines, mills, tenements and company towns.
Why do we say creeds?
The United Methodist Hymnal contains nine creeds or affirmations. Only two of these (Nicene and Apostles’) are strictly considered to be creeds because they are products of ecumenical councils.
What are Chrismons?
Ornaments made from Christian symbols (or Chrismons, a contraction for ‘Christ monograms’).
What do the candles in our Advent wreath mean?
Why is there one rose candle and one white candle? The Advent wreath, four candles on a wreath of evergreen, is shaped in a perfect circle to symbolize the eternity of God.
Can children take communion?
It is up to the parents to decide when their child should begin receiving communion.
Do United Methodists believe the communion elements actually become the body and blood of Christ?
No, we believe that the change is spiritual.
How are local church apportionments figured?
The apportionment formula used by the General Council on Finance and Administration is in the Financial Commitment of The United Methodist Church 2005-2008 booklet.
What is the process for changing the name of an existing local church?
Each annual conference may have its own policies and procedures regarding name changes.
How can I contact my bishop?
The Meet Your Bishop Web page allows you to locate key contact information, biographies, photos for each active bishop of The United Methodist Church.
Can I get married in any United Methodist church that I choose?
Local United Methodist churches set their own wedding policies and fees
Can I have my former pastor come back to perform my wedding?
In The United Methodist Church, pastors can only conduct services in another church by invitation.