Special Announcement

I am pleased to announce that the North Georgia Conference has assigned a local part-time pastor to North Fayette United Methodist Church for the coming year – Pastor John Tomlin.

Pastor John graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Mining & Mineral Engineering and later received his Master of Divinity from Emory University. He previously served as an Associate Pastor at Cornerstone UMC, and as Pastor at Midway UMC and Hillcrest UMC. John lives in Coweta County with his wife Mary Elizabeth and son Randolf.

John is excited to become part of our church family and will join us in early July. Meanwhile, we will continue to post video sermons over the next five weeks featuring Pastor Beverly and several guest sermons. We plan to reopen for face-to-face services on Sunday June 28th, while following all state and Conference health and safety guidelines. Pastor Beverly will be with us on that day for her last service as our Pastor. We look forward to seeing you then.

Yours in Service,

Steve Justice – 2020 NFUMC Board Chair

Special Accouncement – May 17th

A special announcement for NFUMC from Board Chair Steve Justice.

Posted by North Fayette United Methodist Church on Sunday, May 17, 2020

May 2020 Birthdays and Anniversaries

Congratulations to our members celebrating birthdays and anniversaries this month!

May 2020 Birthdays

  • Alicia Alvarez
  • Ed Andross
  • Shirley Blackston
  • Grace Brown
  • Stephanie Carper
  • Beverly Casstevens
  • Richard Coleman
  • Nancy Daniell
  • Rebecca Ann Douville
  • Marsha Elzey
  • Silvia Flockhart
  • DJ Flockhart
  • Lewis Gregg
  • Pat Grunden
  • Kaitlin Harper
  • Lin Johns
  • Marilyn Knopps
  • Cathy Lowe
  • Amy Matusek
  • Annette Poindexter
  • Kathy Stanton
  • Sarah Stone
  • Megan Stubbs
  • Elaine Sugg
  • Matthew Tennihan

 

May 2020 Anniversaries

  • Mack & Lisa Allen
  • Tom & Joy Eidson
  • Ken & RayeAnn Holewinski
  • Frank & Susan Sorci
  • James & Jane Stilwell
  • Charlie & Heather Wetherington

 

Board Notes – May 2020

“A Season of Change”

As I talked about in our special announcement in April, our congregation is preparing for a new phase of our church’s life as we say goodbye to Pastor Beverly and welcome a new local pastor – all in the midst of social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. But during this “season of change”, our congregation is stepping up to the challenge!

Here is just some of the good news:

  • We continue produce and post weekly video blogs and sermons by Pastor Beverly on our Facebook page and our website to feed your spirits.   The response to these is so positive that we intend to continue video outreach even after we return to physical services in June.
  • Your generous giving has allowed us to keep our church operating even without face-to-face services. Our Treasurer Jim Marks and Financial Secretary Barbara Justice are doing excellent work in tracking and managing our finances.
  • We are adopting new technologies and software that improve our capabilities while reducing expenses. We are in the midst of changing from the old technology phone system to new technology cellular system and converting from the CCB management software to a new software product. There will be some hiccups as we transition, but our software transition team lead by Jennifer Hocking is working through the issues.

 

We still have over another month until we can meet together again, but the Board and Pastor are already planning for the reopening. To reopen in a manner that keeps our congregation safe, we are looking to use The Grove for our initial services which provides a better space for social distancing. There are many specifics in terms of sanitizing, masks, changes to our worship, and other issues that we are working through. And of course, we will be planning a special celebration to thank Pastor Beverly for her service to our church!

I am also working with our District Superintendent Susan Landry on the appointment of our new local pastor which should be announced on May 17th. So indeed, this is a “season of change”.

 

Yours in service,

Steve Justice – 2020 NFUMC Board Chair

 

Special Announcement

2020 is a year of change for our church as we reinvent ourselves as part of our journey to better serve God.  In the current pandemic, while we cannot meet together physically, we have by necessity adopted new ways to reach out to our members and the community using our website, Facebook, and video blogs and sermons – with thousands of views in the last month of our content on the church website and Facebook page. These are changes we will keep even when we can resume services at the church.  And of course, each spring brings changes in pastor assignments throughout the United Methodist Church. 

This Sunday across all of the North Georgia Conference, churches are announcing their pastoral assignments for the coming year.  As I have reported to you previously, the revenues for our church have decreased significantly over the last year which put us in the position of not having the funds to adequately support an elder pastor.  The Conference stepped in to provide significant funding to cover part of our pastor’s salary and benefits, while Rev. Casstevens took reductions in her overall compensation.  However, this is a situation that cannot continue for either the church or Pastor Beverly, so it is clear that North Fayette simply cannot afford an elder pastor at this time.  Therefore, I am here to announce today that Rev. Casstevens will be leaving us this summer to accept an assignment to another church.

We want to thank Beverly for her love, ministry, and service to our congregation over the last three years.  We have done great things together and we know that she will continue to be a compassionate servant of God in her new church.  We want her to know that wherever she goes, she will always be a part of North Fayette.

You are probably asking yourselves “what does this mean for North Fayette moving forward?” In our first Board meeting this year I said that 2020 would be a year of rebirth for our church.  We know from Easter just last Sunday, that rebirth involves both endings and beginnings.  So, while the transfer of Rev. Casstevens represents an ending of one era in our church life, we are preparing for a new beginning.

The Board is working with the District Superintendent on the appointment of a Local Pastor to North Fayette. From the very beginning of the Wesleyan Movement un-ordained ministers, now called “Local Pastors”, have been an integral part of the Methodist Movement and The United Methodist Church. A local pastor is a layperson or deacon, or a certified candidate for ordained ministry on their way to becoming an elder, who has successfully completed the Local Pastors’ Certification School, are approved by the Annual Conference, and then appointed to a church by the Bishop. Today more than one-third of United Methodist churches are served by local pastors and associate members, and that number is growing. We expect the District Superintendent to announce the appointment of a local pastor to North Fayette sometime in mid-May.

Change, while necessary, is sometimes hard.  It is hard to say goodbye to a pastor, but we have a good and loving congregation with a committed leadership team ready to welcome our new pastor and to work together toward a bright future for North Fayette United Methodist Church. 

Again our sincere thanks and best wishes to Pastor Beverly and may God bless us all in our new beginnings. 

Yours in Service,

Steve Justice – NFUMC Board Chair 2020

Watch the video message and response from Rev. Casstevens