Just The Facts
Cascade United Methodist Church
3144 Cascade Road SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30311
Senior Pastor Marvin Moss
Southwest Atlanta – Cascade Road & 285
Sunday Service Times
– 8 am
– 11 am
Denomination – United Methodist Church
Size (Small, Medium, Large, Mega) – Medium
From the church website…
“What we believe…Our best chosen words can never adequately express the fullness of who we are as God’s people. Somehow, mental analysis cannot lend itself to full expressions of our hearts nor the heart of God. However, we acknowledge that we are God’s people and heirs with Christ. We have been blessed with a solid biblical foundation and deep theological roots which serve as our impetus for engaging ministry at Cascade and in the world. We have been given an abundance of spiritual blessings. We assume accountability and responsibility for sharing, in manifold ways, the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
scale of 1 – 3; (1=below average; 2=average; 3=above average)
Sermon Style (preaching/teaching) – N/A
Music Ministry – 2
Friendliness (of members to me) – 2
Happiness Quotient (feeling of people receiving the spirit) – 2
Children/Youth Activities – 3
Service Time – 11 am – 1:15 pm
Given the 2008 political season, I recently was researching my state officials and discovered that both my State Senator and State Congressman attended the same church! When I found out that the church was the same Cascade United Methodist Church that I pass regularly on Cascade Road, I decided to add it to my list of churches to visit. I must admit I had never attended a United Methodist church before, however having been raised in a Catholic Church and attended many other Christian denominations including African Methodist Episcopal church I felt I was open enough to be receptive to their teachings and format.
My first impression of this church is put on your Sunday Best! While I had on a skirt, blouse and pumps – I felt underdressed as most of the people around me had on jackets and skirts. Attire aside, Sydney and I found our way to the front of the church prior to service beginning. Of course with a 1 1/2 daughter, most people immediately warm to you, so she made a few friends, while I was left still feeling a little like an outsider.
If a United Methodist service is anything like a Catholic service, I was expecting a pretty structured format…and structure was the rule of the service. As soon as service begin, I was impressed with the number of female Associate Pastors – truly making Cascade United Methodist a standout in this area. During the service the Men’s choir injected soulful sounds into the traditional hymnals and we were treated to a dynamic dramatic Harriet Tubman performance in honor of Black History Month. Pastor Marvin Moss was away visiting another church, but Reverend Bernice Williams Kirkland did a good job delivering her sermon. I appreciated her content and the thought she had placed in creating her message. Since Pastor Moss was away, I will have to plan a return trip to hear him and update this review at that time.
Overall, I would say that Cascade United Methodist Church is a traditional United Methodist Church with roots in the African-American experience. If you are looking for a reserved and upstanding church with impressive community outreach/impact and a roster of youth activities, add Cascade United Methodist Church to your list, just don’t forget your Sunday Best!