A RESOLUTION declaring St. Mark United Methodist Church (UMC) of McAllen, Texas a “Lighthouse Congregation” of the UMC

July 11, 2023 (Approved unanimously)

Whereas a significant number of local congregations are currently disaffiliating from the United Methodist Church;

Whereas United Methodists may find themselves alienated or excluded through the actions of disaffiliating congregations;

Whereas a “Lighthouse Congregation” is a United Methodist local church that declares itself to be a safe haven and refuge for individuals who seek to remain United Methodist; and,

Whereas St. Mark UMC of McAllen, Texas will retain its United Methodist connection and identity with a commitment to conduct on-site and online ministry with inclusion, respect, hospitality, love, and grace for all persons consistent with the Spirit of Jesus Christ;

​​​​​​​Therefore, the Church Council of St. Mark UMC declares St. Mark UMC of McAllen, Texas to be a “Lighthouse Congregation” and offers its love, prayers, fellowship, and ministry to faithful United Methodists, or anyone else, who has been harmed, alienated, and stranded by the disaffiliation process.