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Mission Statement

 Mission Statement


Trinity United MethodistChurch 
"Helping Ourselves and Others to Grow in Jesus Christ"


United Methodist Church
 "The mission of the Methodist church is to make disciples of
Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world."


our History in north port

The time was March 1962, and North Port Charlotte - (before becoming just North Port) consisted of about 700 homes
and 1250 residents. Wanting to help the community, the Florida Conference of the Methodist Church decided to obtain
the services of the Rev. Alva Soldner, a retired Methodist minister who lived in Port Charlotte. He surveyed the area to
see if sufficient interest was in establishing a new church.

The results helped secure the use of the community club for one hour each week. The Lutherans and Episcopalians also
held her services in the "club." Rev. Soldner held the first service on June 10, 1962, with 46 people attending. Trinity
Methodist Church of North Port Charlotte was organized and constituted on November 18, 1962, and 67 people were
received into membership that day, and an official board was elected. The very first Board of Trustees was also
formed. On January 7, 1963, the Women's Society of Christian Service was organized. On December 28, 1962, the
Pastor and the Board of Trustees applied formally to the General Development Corporation (GDC) for a building site.
The church was immediately incorporated, a building committee was formed, and an architect was selected. The
congregation was excited about the plans for the church and raising money.

One of the church members, a trustee, contracted to build the church for $41,400. GDC had conveyed to the church
4.7 acres as a gift, the result of Pastor Soldner's persuasion. On June 4, 1963, a certificate of organization was issued
by the Florida Annual Conference. On September 20, 1963, GDC granted a warranty deed for the 4.7 acres. On
November 8, 1963, Trinity was incorporated. On November 17, 1963, a groundbreaking ceremony was held.

February 9, 1964, the cornerstone was laid. On May 24, 1964, the new church offered its first service. On
November 8, 1960, for a consecration service was held with Bishop James W. Henley presiding.

In 1968, the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brother in church merged into One United Church, thus.
evolving the current church name Trinity United Methodist Church. In April 1972, a new Parsonage on the church
grounds was completed. Before 1972, the congregation had purchased a tiny house on Chicopa Street to use as the
Parsonage. The ground was broken on April 17, 1977, for the Fellowship Hall and the Educational Wing of the
church. Through the years, mortgages were paid, and maintenance was carried out. Most recently, from 2010 through 2012,
a new roof was installed, eaves were added, the asphalt driveways were repaired, and new lights for the exterior and interior were installed. Also, a security system has been set up, ceramic tile laid in the narthex a coffee room, and a south entrance.
New flooring was laid in the Pastor and Pastoral Assistant offices. New area air conditioners and
heat pumps were purchased. In September 2022, Hurricane Ian caused damage to our internal structure, our windows, and our roof. We are waiting to begin that repair process and continue to welcome new members with open arms and open doors. 


What we believe as trinitarians

The United Methodist Church is a denomination that opens hearts, opens minds and opens doors through active
engagement with our world. The mission of The United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the
transformation of the world.

John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into
action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as "practical divinity" has continued to be a hallmark of United
Methodism today.

We invite you to learn more about our rich theological heritage.

The United Methodist Church shares a great deal with other denominations. At Trinity UMC North Port, we invite you
to explore what we believe about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the Bible, and more. Please join us every Sunday for
Worship steeped in tradition, kindness, friendliness, and love!

Learn what we mean when we talk about grace, how we serve people in and around the North Port community and
around the world, and ways we grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.

Phone: 941-426-1734

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