September 2020 Birthdays and Anniversaries

Congratulations to our members celebrating birthdays and anniversaries this month!

September 2020 Birthdays

  • 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

Board Notes – August 2020

“Keeping the Faith”

July was a fast-paced month for NFUMC as we welcomed Pastor John Tomlin to our church, had our second in-person service, then had to suspend inside the building services due to the spike in COVID-19 cases.  But we persevered and came up with a way to continue to spiritually commune in a whole new format for our congregation – the ‘Parking Lot Revival’!

If you haven’t yet taken the opportunity to come to our new parking lot service, you’re missing a great time of socially distanced fellowship, music, and most importantly Pastor John teaching the gospel.  For those who can’t join us in the parking lot, we continue to post videos of Pastor John’s sermons so that everyone can still receive the word of God no matter where they are.

At the Board meeting on July 27th we worked through a wide-ranging agenda as we strive to revitalize our church even in the midst of the pandemic.  One big thing coming soon is the annual Aramis Alvarez Memorial 5K which we moved to October 31st and combined with our traditional Trunk & Treat for one big day of community outreach.  You will see much more on this as we work hard to engage sponsors and ask for volunteers for the many jobs associated with these events.  It will be lots of work, but will serve as a well-timed respite for our community as we hopefully see the pandemic recede this fall.

I want to thank everyone for “keeping the faith” in the mission of our church by continuing to give of your time, talents, and treasure in this difficult time for our community and country.  It’s hard not to focus on the treasure when we review the finances each month, but I truly believe that as we concentrate on serving God that our church’s financial burdens will lessen.  Great things await NFUMC if we keep our faith in Jesus Christ!

 

Yours in service,

Steve Justice – 2020 NFUMC Board Chair

Fayette Samaritans Needs for August 2020

Dear Church Members,

We are currently open for financial assistance and food only by appointment from 9:00am to 11:30am Monday, Thursday, and Friday.  Appointments are only made on Monday.    

The pantry items needed for August are:

  1. Canned Chicken
  2. Canned Tuna
  3. Jiffy Cornbread Mix
  4. Green Beans
  5. Corn
  6. Mixed Vegetables
  7. Canned Pasta
  8. Rice – 1 or 2 lb. bags
  9. Canned Fruit
  10. Bar Soap

May the Lord bless you and keep you safe.

 

Thank you.

Jerry Daughtry

Secretary  – Fayette Samaritans, Inc.

126 Hickory Road, Fayetteville, Georgia 30214

770-719-2707

 

“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’  “He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ Matthew 25: 44-45

August 2020 Birthdays and Anniversaries

Congratulations to our members celebrating birthdays and anniversaries this month!

 

August 2020 Birthdays

  • Peggy Allen
  • Aren Alvarez
  • Delbert Carroll
  • Elena Childs
  • Janet Collins
  • Barbara Davenport
  • Brenda Davenport
  • Emmett Davis
  • Iris Davis
  • Pegge Garrett
  • Carol Gregg
  • Elizabeth Grindrod
  • Brandon Hill
  • Donna Putnam
  • Anzley Rose Sugg

 

August 2020 Anniversaries

  • Ralph & Sandra Balchin
  • Dawn & Tom Seamster
  • Jerri & Mike Green
  • Pat & John Grunden
  • Tom & Susan Read