Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What makes The Philip G. Cochran Memorial United Methodist Church unique?The Cochran Memorial Church is surrounded by beauty of an era gone by. Its sanctuary is not only beautiful but the people are friendly and everyone is treated like family.  No matter where you are on your faith journey, you can grow in your understanding of Christ and how to be a disciple. 
 
What will the services be like?The 10:30 service is a Traditional service but it sometimes includes, drama, media presentations, special music, contemporary praise music and bands, children ensembles, and messages for everyday living.
 
What should I wear to the Cochran Memorial United Methodist?People are encouraged to wear whatever is comfortable for them during the year.  We have a wide variety of attire each Sunday, from suits to shorts.  Our sanctuary is air-conditioned in the summer, so please be aware of that during the summer months.
 
How long are services?The Sunday services at Cochran Memorial are typically an hour.
 
Will I be singled out in any way as a visitor? No,Of course our greeters will greet you and help you find the rest rooms if necessary but as a first time visitor, it is our desire for you to be our guest. Let the service and message about Jesus, be our gift to you.
 
Is there something for my kids during the service? Yes,each Sunday, during the service, we offer a Children’s message followed by Children’s church.  Children’s church range in age from 3yrs. to 12yrs old. There is something for everyone.
 
Is the Philip G Cochran Memorial United Methodist a Christian church?Yes, our church is a denominational church affiliated with the United Methodist Church.  We believe
 
However, what truly defines a church is not simply its doctrine, but its values. Phillip G Cochran Memorial United Methodist Church’s values shape who we are.  Below are a few of CUMC’s values and some of the passages from the Bible that support them:
 
We believe that the Bible is true and that its teaching is the catalyst for life-change in individuals’ lives and in the church.  John Wesley, the founder of the United Methodist Church, believed that the living core of the Christian faith was revealed in Scripture, illumined by tradition, vivified in personal experience, and confirmed by reason.  The Scriptures are our ultimate authority.  (Romans 12:7; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; James 1:23-25; Hebrews 4:12; Acts 2:42; 20:32)
 
We believe that lost people matter to God, and therefore they ought to matter to the church. (Luke 5:30-32; Luke 15; Matthew 18:14)
 
We believe that the church should be culturally relevant while remaining doctrinally pure. (1 Corinthians 9:19-23)
 
We believe that followers of Christ should manifest authenticity and strive for continuous spiritual growth. (Matthew 26:38ff; Ephesians 4:25-26, 32; Philippians 1:6; Romans 8:29; Hebrews 12:1; 1 Corinthians 3:1-3)
 
We believe that the church should operate as a unified community of servants sharing their spiritual gifts. (Romans 12; Ephesians 4; John 13; Philippians 2; 1 Corinthians 12, 14)
 
We believe that loving relationships should permeate every aspect of church life. (1 Corinthians 13; Nehemiah 3; Luke 10:1; John 12:34-35)
 
We believe that life-change happens best through relationships. (Luke 6:12-13; Acts 2:44-47)
 
We believe that excellence honors God and inspires people. (Colossians 3:17; Malachi 1:6-14; Proverbs 27:17)
 
We believe that churches should be led by those with leadership gifts and structured according to the nature and mission of the church. (Nehemiah 1,2; Romans 12:8; 1 Timothy 3; 1 Peter 5; Ephesians 4; Acts 6:2-5)