Board Notes – January 2021

Welcome to 2021!

2020 was a challenging year for the world with the COVID-19 pandemic which upended our normal routines and plans as we were forced to social distance.  While we have socially distanced, we have not spiritually distanced at NFUMC and our church family is more important than ever before.

Pastor John Tomlin along with our staff and volunteers worked tirelessly to re-invent our services to fit the latest COVID requirements to keep our church family together when it could be so easy to lose those connections.  In so many ways we are stronger now than before the pandemic; the struggle to avoid spiritual distance opened new avenues for our church family to stay connected and worship God.

I also want to thank our congregation for your constant support of our church.  Your prayers made a difference and whenever we asked for help, you were there with masks and gloves at ready. On the financial side we ended the year with a slight surplus, unlike 2019, which allowed to the Board to approve a partial payment of $5,000 toward our 2020 conference apportionment.  The conference has supported us tremendously and I am proud that we can give back to the UMC.

Of course, the challenges are still out there as we continue video only services in January due to the recent spikes in COVID-19 cases.  We are stepping up our online presence once again with expanded video services by Pastor John featuring the musical talents of our congregation and special contributors. 

We will continue to monitor the local infection rates and hopefully with the recent introduction of COVID-19 vaccinations, a modern-day miracle, we will be able to resume in-person services later in the year. 

Yours in Service,

Steve Justice – 2021 NFUMC Board Chair

January 2021 Birthdays and Anniversaries

Congratulations to our members celebrating birthdays and anniversaries this month!

 

January 2021 Birthdays

  • Mack Allen
  • Tracy Blood
  • Connie Brooks
  • Mike Daniell
  • Lois Howell
  • Steve Justice
  • Cookie Keene
  • Billye Koetje

 

January 2021 Anniversaries

  • Glen & Connie Brooks

Board Notes – December 2020

At our October meeting the Board approved a number of items that then went to the District Charge Conference on November 30th for final approval.  I am pleased to report that all our items were approved including the lay leaders report and new Bylaws of Board of Servants.  Our Board members for 2021 will be:

  • Steve Justice – Chair
  • John Tomlin – Pastor
  • Sue Berg – Lay Leader & Lay Member
  • Jim Marks – Treasurer
  • Gina Alford
  • Pam Ashman
  • Hugh Brown
  • Bill Cain
  • Carole Galimore
  • Annette Poindexter
  • Jim Schultz

I wish to thank George Latzanich for his service to our church as he rolls off the Board at the end of this year.  Also, Barbara Justice was re-elected as our Financial Secretary.

We had more good news at our November Board meeting when our Treasurer Jim Marks reported that we have a slight budget surplus as we head toward the end of the year.  Given all the challenges that churches everywhere have faced due to the COVID-19 shutdowns, this is a major accomplishment for our church.  I have said several times this year that Jim Marks and Barbara Justice are accomplishing the equivalent of “loaves and fishes” with our finances. And this good news would not be possible without the incredible support from all of our congregation!

Of course, the challenges are still out there as evidenced by our cancelling of almost all of our in-person advent season events due to the recent spikes in COVID-19 cases.  We are stepping up our online presence once again and we will hold an outside Christmas Eve Service on our front lawn.  Nothing will keep NFUMC from celebrating the coming of Jesus Christ into the world!

Yours in Service,

Steve Justice

2020 NFUMC Board Chair

December 2020 Birthdays and Anniversaries

Congratulations to our members celebrating birthdays and anniversaries this month!

December 2020 Birthdays

  • Karen Andross
  • Anthony Blood
  • Bill Bryan
  • Barbara Justice
  • Kathy Kirby
  • Rick Rice
  • Miranda Sugg
  • Kasidy Warr

 

December 2020 Anniversaries

  • Edward & Karen Andross
  • John & Elaine Sugg
  • Rick & Ardy  Warr

Board Notes – November 2020

October was a very busy month for your Board of Servants preparing for the Charge Conference in November. At our October meeting we approved a budget for 2021 which looks to be a bit better than 2020 thanks to your generous pledges in September.  We also approved new By-Laws for the Board of Servants and now both the budget and by-laws will go to the Charge Conference for final approval.  We also approved new definitions for our designated and holding accounts to better align with our current ministries. 

I want to thank our Pastor, staff, leaders and volunteers who made the Aramis Alvarez Memorial 5K race and fall festival a huge success!  We had 50 timed runners and a large group of walkers along with a great list of sponsors.  The laughter of children was particularly welcome in these stressful times. The fact that we could pull off such an event while social distancing  is a testament to the dedication of our members and the grace that God affords us when doing His work.

We have a busy Advent season approaching which will give us more chances to share the good news of Jesus Christ with our community.  Keep up the good work! 

Yours in Service,

Steve Justice – 2020 NFUMC Board Chair