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The Rev. Joey Galinato of Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, the Rev. Michael McQueen of St. James United Methodist Church and the Rev. Ronny Branen of Prospect United Methodist Church, all from the North Georgia Conference, join in baptizing 47 people in a river in Angat, Philippines. Photo by the Rev. Joey Galinato

Photo by the Rev. Joey Galinato

The Rev. Joey Galinato of Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, the Rev. Michael McQueen of St. James United Methodist Church and the Rev. Ronny Branen of Prospect United Methodist Church, all from the North Georgia Conference, join in baptizing 47 people in a river in Angat, Philippines.

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Becoming a United Methodist begins with a commitment to grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ through participation in a local congregation.

Baptism marks the beginning of our lifelong journey as disciples of Jesus Christ. In baptism, we are initiated into the Christian church and incorporated into the community of God’s people, the body of Christ. Baptized Christians reaffirm the Baptismal Covenant as part of their membership vows. Those who have never been baptized will receive the sacrament of baptism before becoming members.

For United Methodists, membership includes active participation in a local congregation. The vows of professing membership thus include promises to faithfully participate through prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness in connection with a local congregation.

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First published Jan. 22, 2018.