At Melrose UMC, “Uncommon Love” is our theme. We believe that God loves everyone, and we strive to show it in our actions. We want you to experience the love of Jesus firsthand, and to know that you are welcome in God’s house. God loves you regardless of where you come from, what you look like, or what you’ve done.
There is a special picture in on a window sill in the church, which shows members of the church choir surrounding former pastor Frank Wallace. Pastor Frank loved to sing with the choir, but as he got older, there came a time when he was physically unable to climb the steps onto the stage area, and he could no longer join the singers in the choir loft. One Sunday, the church had prepared a special place for Pastor Frank to sit on the floor level, and when the time came for the choir to sing, the singers made their way down from the stage and surrounded Pastor Frank so he could once again sing with the group. We believe that this picture speaks volumes about the loving nature of our congregation.
This theme of Uncommon Love is shown in many ways at Melrose. It’s expressed in the fact that we have made our building 100% handicap accessible. It’s exhibited in our spirit of hospitality. It’s seen in the special offerings we collect for disaster relief and for the care of people in the Wesley Village retirement community and the United Methodist Children’s Home. And it’s lived out in the ways we connect with the local community, such as doing donation drives for Hillcrest-Bruce Mission and Campbell Elementary School, stocking our Blessing Box outside the church, hosting Trunk or Treat for community children, etc. We strive to show others the incredible love of Jesus in all that we do.