Worship Service Update:

Due to the Covid-19 Illness, Corona Virus pandemic and our government CDC recommendations, we are stopping all live sanctuary services through the end of April, will update as we become aware of Federal and State changes.  Our pastor and minister of music will be doing a live stream on FaceBook beginning at our normal time of 10:15 AM.  In order to watch, you need to go to the Congress Street UMC page and pick up the live feed there, search on FB for Congress Street UMC or @evolvingfollowers.  Our current congregational study will be streamed as you have been informed.  If any of this information changes, we will continue to post changes here and on our FB page.

Update from Bishop Trimble, click the link below to see his video address.

Bishop Trimble


Welcome to Congress Street United Methodist Church where we are evolving followers of Jesus for the transformation of the world!

We welcome the full inclusion of all people in the life and ministries of Congress Street UMC. We affirm that all people are worthy of God’s love and grace, for all are created in the image of God and are beloved children of God.

God welcomes all! Therefore, we welcome all, including those of all races, cultures, or nationalities; those of all sexual orientations & gender identities, or relationship statuses; those of all ages. We welcome all without regard to addictions, physical or mental health, imprisonment, socio-economic circumstances, immigration status or anything else that often divides us.

We recognize that there are differences among us, but believe that although we may not think alike, we can love alike. We invite everyone to join us on this journey of reconciliation toward greater love, understanding, and mutual respect.

Faithful and Inclusive:  The Bible, Sexuality and the UMC

During Lent, we will be offering 3 different sessions of this 6-week video study:  Sunday at 9 a.m.,  Monday at 1 p.m., and Thursday at 6:30 p.m.  This study will allow you to gain an understanding of how United Methodists can be both obedient to God’s Word and fully welcoming to LGBTQ persons in the church.  We will provide a safe space to navigate through this complex issue, relying on the Biblical-interpretation approach of Methodism’s founder,  John Wesley.  We ask that you sign up for the session time you plan to attend (email Rachel at rmetheny@cosumc.org or call 317-531-9172).  All classes will take place at the church.  We are looking at becoming a Reconciling Congregation (a church that welcomes all gender and sexual identities) and this is our first step in the process.  
Week of March 1: How United Methodists Interpret Scripture
Week of March 8: Old Testament Passages
Week of March 15: The Influence of Culture on How We Read the Bible
Week of March 22: New Testament Passages
Weed of March 29: The Jesus Ethic:  What did Christ Say?
Week of April 5: Where does the United Methodist Church go from here? 

Pumpkin Patch 2020!!

October 2020 will be here before you know it….  never to early to begin to prepare your crafts, etc for Pumpkin Patch 2020!

Youth Message Sunday March 1, 2020

Upcoming Events – Small Groups

H3 – Holy Happy Hour

H3 is a small group discussion and games meeting at the Nelson household, 1308 S. 24th St., Lafayette, (deck in good weather) on Thursday’s at 6:30 pm.  The main dish is provided by the Nelson’s – bring a dish to pass if you wish.  Topics are varied and we tend to drift into others as the evening progresses.  Check the H3: Holy Happy Hour Facebook page H3: Holy Happy Hour or call/text Lynn at (765) 491-7856 to find out the main dish and topic.  All are welcome.

Balance and Fall Prevention Class 

Starting November 11, 2019 and runs through April 6, 2020 Mondays 2-3 PM

This free class is open to anyone interested.  We do 30 minutes of chair based exercises in sitting and in standing (where if needed you may use a chair or a wall for support) followed by walking in the sanctuary for up to 30 minutes.  The exercises are aimed at strengthening your legs, arms and trunk and improving your balance reactions.  Each participant exercises to the best of their ability and the exercises are modified as needed.  The class meets on Mondays from 2-3 pm in the parlor (the ramp door will be open).  If the weather is inclement, cancellation will be announced on WLFI.  Please contact Lynn Nelson, DPT via phone or text at 765-491-7856 or via email at Lynn Nelson Email with any questions.