In the Beginning
To learn more about the history of New World UMC, let's travel back to the 1970s. In June 1974, The Reverend Dr. George Fallon was appointed to organize a new congregation in North Arlington. On June 16, the first worship service was held in Ramada Inn with 79 attending. In October 1975, the growing fellowship moved to Butler Elementary School, and on May 23, 1976, the congregation broke ground for the first stage of its building program. The 6400 sq. ft. facility was completed, and the young congregation worshiped for the first time in its permanent quarters on Palm Sunday, 1977. Since those early days, the church has undergone three more phases of construction: the addition of education and administrative space in 1981, a 650-seat sanctuary in 1998, and an adult education building in 2007.
Contemporary Service with The Way
In September of 2004, a group of volunteers formed “The Way” Praise Band and kicked off a once-a-month Saturday evening contemporary worship service. In 2006, this service moved to 9:30 am on Sundays, joining the morning schedule, which now provides three distinct worship services. The 8:15 service is a Service of Holy Communion and the 10:50 service is a traditional service featuring music by the Chancel Choir and vocal and instrumental ensembles.
History of the New World Symbol
As the young congregation made plans to start construction of a permanent building, artist and charter member Johnnie Weatherred designed the church’s first logo—the Latin cross binding together the two hemispheres of the world. Johnnie commissioned local metalworkers to build a large brass logo on a marble base and presented it to the church for an altar centerpiece. This symbol, still visible in the church today, represents our outreach and responsibility to all people.
Our current logo, the United Methodist Church Cross and Flame, has a long history. The symbol was adopted soon after the merger of the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren, to become the United Methodist Church. It relates the United Methodist Church to God through Christ (cross) and the Holy Spirit (flame). The flame is a reminder of Pentecost when witnesses were unified by the power of the Holy Spirit and saw “tongues, as of fire.” (Acts 2:3)
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