NFUMC Video Sermon – Oct. 18th

Please enjoy this new video sermon by our special guest Pastor Rev. Fred Kolshorn.

NFUMC Video Sermon 18Oct20

"In The Grove" Services Adding Parking Lot Sound!We’ve had a great summer with our successful ‘Parking Lot Revival’ keeping us spiritually connected while socially distancing. We re-started our ‘In The Grove’ services in October each Sunday at 10:30am. We have reorganized the set up to accommodate more seats while still meeting all COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. Please remember your mask and practice social distancing.If you don't feel comfortable coming inside, we took a page from our parking lot services and added outside speakers to allow you to park near the building and hear the sermon!If you do not feel well or are uncomfortable about getting out, please stay home and healthy. You can still participate in NFUMC worship through this new video sermon by our special guest Pastor Rev. Fred Kolshorn.

Posted by North Fayette United Methodist Church on Saturday, October 17, 2020

October 2020 Birthdays and Anniversaries

Congratulations to our members celebrating birthdays and anniversaries this month!

October 2020 Birthdays

  • Gary Adams
  • Lisa Allen
  • Judy Andrews
  • Janet Bibee
  • Kim Bryan
  • Elizabeth Chandler
  • Raymond Conn
  • Judy Lambert
  • Samuel Marks
  • Luther McGahee
  • Melanie Putnam
  • Rick Warr

 

October 2020 Anniversaries

  • Jim & Mark Marks
  • Jim & Connie Schultz

Board Notes – October 2020

2020 has been a year of change for everyone including NFUMC. We’ve had a great summer with our successful ‘Parking Lot Revival’ keeping us spiritually connected while socially distancing.  But Fall is here and we have to change again by moving back inside for our Sunday services.  We will re-start our ‘In The Grove’ services on Sunday October 4th at 10:30am – please note the time change.  We have reorganized the set up to accommodate more seats while still meeting all COVID-19 social distancing guidelines; masks are required for those attending.

September was our “Stewardship Month” and I want to thank all our congregation that returned their pledge cards.  We received pledges from ~40% of our families as of the end of the month, but we will still accept more.  We also collected your responses on where you want to serve in our church, so don’t be surprised when one of our volunteer leaders reaches out to you in the coming weeks.

With these pledges in hand the Board will now begin our putting together our budget for 2021, which looks to be a bit better budget-wise than 2020.  We are also working on the new By-Laws for the ‘Board of Servants’.  Both the budget and by-laws will be sent to the congregation later this month before the Board votes on them at our October 26th meeting.  If approved each will then go to the Charge Conference for final approval.  Please remember that all Board meetings are open to any member of the congregation to voice your opinions.

Finally, I want to thank all our Pastor, staff, leaders and volunteers who are working so hard on the upcoming 5K race and fall festival as well as getting ready for the Christmas season.  The hours are long, but the rewards are great as we strive to be disciples of Jesus Christ to the world.

Yours in Service,

Steve Justice – 2020 NFUMC Board Chair

September 2020 Birthdays and Anniversaries

Congratulations to our members celebrating birthdays and anniversaries this month!

September 2020 Birthdays

  • Pam Ashman
  • Sandra Balchin
  • Elsie Flockhart
  • Rachel Holewinski
  • Jim Howell
  • Doris Huber
  • Caroline Jones
  • Jim Lancaster
  • Tom Read
  • Maurice Robinson

 

September 2020 Anniversaries

  • Susan Berg & Maurice Robinson
  • Lin & Marty Johns
  • Brenda & Chuck Davenport
  • Anthony & Tracy Blood

Board Notes – September 2020

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

To say this year has been challenging is a bit of understatement, but NFUMC continues to step up to the challenge.  With the resurgence of COVID-19 cases this summer, we had to suspend the restart of in-person services immediately after they began – not the best way to bring a new pastor onboard!  However, Pastor John and the Board worked together, supported by our dedicated volunteer teams, to launch our ‘Parking Lot Revival’ keeping us socially distanced while being spiritually connected.  We also continued the online video sermons which are a big hit with 200+ views each week allowing us to reach those who are home bound and the local community.

Of course, one area that is particularly challenging for our church is the finances.  As I have said before, we are now a small church with a large campus which places significant pressure on our budget for the mortgage, utilities, and maintenance.  We started planning earlier this year to turn that challenge into an asset by finding ways to generate revenue from our buildings to offset those costs, but that plan was another victim of COVID-19.  Frankly I was very worried in the spring about the financial solvency of our church.  But something miraculous happened; while the giving to other churches dropped precipitously with the cessation of in person services, the giving by our congregation stayed steady and has actually grown a bit during the last six months!

We now enter the time of the year when as a church we make our commitments for the next year of our prayers, presence, gifts, and service to support our ministries and programs.  This month we will ask all of you to give prayerful consideration to your part of that mission.  Yes, the financial pledge is a big part of that, but not the most important part.  The most important part is to have you engaged in our church in a way that strengthens your connection to God and Jesus Christ.

As you receive your Stewardship package, please think about how you can contribute to one of our volunteer teams which are so vital to the mission of our church.  No contribution of your time and talent is too small; just a few hours a month by many people adds up quickly to keep our programs and ministries going and growing!

I thank all of you for your participation and commitment to North Fayette UMC.  Working together, we will continue to serve as disciples of Jesus Christ to the world.

Yours in Service,

Steve Justice

2020 NFUMC Board Chair