As we start to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic, I must start this month’s report by thanking our entire congregation for your unwavering support of your time, talents, gifts, and service. We have stayed a close congregation even when we couldn’t physically see each other, found ways to continue to worship, and through your generosity kept our church financially solvent. Pastor John, Mike and LuAnn improvised almost weekly, supported by the dedicated Worship Team volunteers, to bring the Word to us no matter the challenge. And our Board members continue to step up to whatever is needed, when it is needed, and always cheerfully. It has truly been a team effort!
One consequence of the pandemic was a year delay in plans we made early 2020 which we are just now beginning to revisit. We are slowly making much needed repairs to our facilities inside and out to prepare for a full return to normal services and other activities during the summer. We are also planning for a yard sale in August which will allow us to clean out and sell many of the items we no long use in our ministries.
Also, this month we finally start our visioning process. Visioning is just the first step of a new journey for NFUMC to redefine our place in God’s church and our relationship to our community. Over the last decade we’ve changed as a congregation, the community around us has changed, and the pandemic accelerated even more changes. Change is not always easy, but it is necessary to continue our mission to be effective disciples of Jesus Christ to the world. We will need every one of you to be involved in the visioning process; every contribution of your time no matter how big or small is important as we set a new direction – together.
So, let’s enjoy one more month in The Grove followed by our return to fresh air worship during our Parking Lot Revival in June featuring great music and the great sermons always provided by Pastor John. Spring is here and the Lord is Risen! Let us be glad and rejoice!
Yours in Service,
Steve Justice – 2021 NFUMC Board Chair