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CUMC Library Mission Statement
The Centreville United Methodist
Church Library exists to minister to the needs of its church
family. Its goal is to serve persons of all ages and to support
the wide scope of the life and activities of our Congregation.
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About The CUMC Library
The Church Library hopes to perform a vital role
in the active Christian ministry of Centreville United Methodist
Church by providing a wide range of diverse Christian materials
for the congregation’s use.
Please visit the Church Library today. If you see a book
you would like to take home, just remove the book card from the
back of the book, sign and date it with today’s date and place
the card in the clear plastic tray provided. We request
that you try to return the book in two weeks. However, it
will not be considered overdue until it has been out for four
weeks. We encourage the youth members of the church to
check out materials also but request that anyone 12 years old or
younger have one of their parents check out materials for them.
Library hopes to provide up to date and relevant materials to
assist the congregation.
Please contact Harriet Caporin (phone number listed in the
church directory) or the church office at (410) 758-0868 if you
have any suggestions for new books to add to the library.
The CUMC Library also welcomes book donations.
THE HOLY BIBLE
Above you will find two electronic versions of the Holy Bible;
Holy Bible - New International Version and the
Bible - King James Version. Click on the Name or Photo
Above of the version you would like to view.
At Centreville United Methodist Church We Rely
On The Holy Bible
In the United Methodist Church, we say that the Bible is vital
to our faith and life, but what exactly is the Bible? Here
are four ways to view it:
The Bible is a collection of sixty-six books, thirty-nine in the
Old Testament (or Hebrew Bible) and twenty-seven in the New
Testament. These books were written over a one-thousand year
period in three languages: Hebrew, Aramaic (the language Jesus
spoke), and Greek.
The books are of different lengths and
different literary styles. In the Hebrew Bible we find legends,
histories, liturgies for community worship, songs, proverbs,
sermons, even a poetic drama (Job). In the New Testament are
Gospels, a history, many letters, and an apocalypse
(Revelation). Yet through it all the Bible is the story of the
one God, who stands in a covenant relationship with the people
In early times and over many generations,
the sixty-six books were thoughtfully used by faithful people.
In the process their merits were weighed, and the community of
believers finally gave them special authority. Tested by faith,
proven by experience, these books have become sacred; they've
become our rule for faith and practice.
In Israel the Book of Deuteronomy was
adopted as the Word of God about 621 B.C. The
Torah, or Law (the first five books of the Hebrew Bible),
assumed authority around 400 B.C.; the Prophets
about 200 B.C.; and the Writings about 100
B.C. After a struggle the Christians determined that the
Hebrew Bible was Scripture for them as well. The New Testament
as we know it was formed and adopted by church councils between
A.D. 200 and A.D. 400.
We say that God speaks to us through the
Bible, that it's God's Word. This authority derives from three
- We hold that the writers of the
Bible were inspired, that they were filled with God's Spirit
as they wrote the truth to the best of their knowledge.
- We hold that God was at work in the
process of canonization, during which only the most faithful
and useful books were adopted as Scripture.
- We hold that the Holy Spirit works
today in our thoughtful study of the Scriptures, especially
as we study them together, seeking to relate the old words
to life's present realities.
The Bible's authority is, therefore,
nothing magical. For example, we do not open the text at random
to discover God's will. The authority of Scripture derives from
the movement of God's Spirit in times past and in our reading of
A Guide to Faith
We United Methodists put
the Bible to work. In congregational worship we read from the
Bible. Through preaching, we interpret its message for our
lives. It forms the background of most of our hymns and liturgy.
It's the foundation of our church school curriculum. Many of us
use it in our individual devotional lives, praying through its
implications day by day. However, we admit that there's still
vast "biblical illiteracy" in our denomination. We need to help
one another open the Bible and use it.
Perhaps the Bible is best put to use
when we seriously answer these four questions about a given
text: (1) What did this passage mean to its original hearers?
(2) What part does it play in the Bible's total witness? (3)
What does God seem to be saying to my life, my community, my
world, through this passage? and (4) What changes should I
consider making as a result of my study?
United Methodist Member's Handbook, Revised by
George Koehler (Discipleship Resources, 2006), pp. 80-81. Used
Your Church Library - by
A collection of light spiritual fiction paperbacks has been
donated to the library by Marie Lange. These paperbacks can be
borrowed without checking them out. Feel free to read them and
return them to the paperback shelf when you have finished one.
The library is in need of new books to keep our collection
current. If you have recently purchased and finished reading a
book you think appropriate to the library collection, please
consider donating it to the church library. Please also consider
donating money for a "Memorial Book" or an outright gift
earmarked for the purchase of new books. If you wish to
"Adopt-A-Book", please fill out the form below. We always
have a wish list of titles it would be nice to have in our
The CUMC Library
The Adopt-A-Book program supports the CUMC
Library. Many members of the congregation, community,
family, and friends find the Adopt-A-Book program as an
appropriate way to Honor or Memorialize someone they care for.
To participate in this program and Adopt-A-Book, please click on
link or the image below, print out the Adopt-A-Book Template, complete the form and
mail the form and check to the church office at the address
Centreville United Methodist Church
Attention: Harriet Caporin
608 Church Hill Road
Centreville, Maryland 21617