Board Notes – April 2020

The world has changed quite a bit since the last Board report at the beginning of March. Since then due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have ceased all church face-to-face functions and are now operating virtually at least through the end of the month of April. But while we are social distancing, we are not spiritually distancing!  

The Board and Pastor are working hard to continue our outreach to our congregation and the community. We have posted articles and videos by Pastor Beverly as well as special music from LuAnn. The videos are getting a large number of views on both Facebook and the church website; we are planning more videos for Holy Week and throughout the month. Also, we do plan to have Easter services whenever we are able to open the church again.

One consequence of the shutdown of services at all UMCs across Georgia is that giving for most churches declined significantly from February to March. However, the congregation at NFUMC stepped up and our giving actually increased during March! This has allowed us to continue paying our bills, but we are still down quite a bit from the giving levels of 2019. With the ongoing crisis we will not be able to have any major fundraisers for the foreseeable future, so it is up to us to keep our church solvent.

Another consequence of the current crisis is that we have postponed the visioning process to determine of how NFUMC can better serve God and our community. This is a process that requires prayerful face-to-face discussions and we will begin that process once we are able to meet again.

The best news of all is that our congregation continues to be careful of their health. We should all continue to follow the social distancing guidelines and pray for God’s healing grace to hasten the day when we can see each other again.

 

Yours in service,

Steve Justice – 2020 NFUMC Board Chair

April 2020 Birthdays and Anniversaries

Congratulations to our members celebrating birthdays and anniversaries this month!

April 2020 Birthdays

  • Mike Basham
  • Shirley Bolling
  • Patsy Coleman
  • Deborah Fogler
  • Carole Galimore
  • Benjamin Gore
  • Amber Harrington
  • Grace Holewinski
  • Bobby Lowe
  • Mary Marks
  • Amyruth Stevens
  • Jane Stilwell
  • Nicholas Stubbs
  • John Sugg
  • Dwight Ulmer

 

April 2020 Anniversaries

  • Bill & Kim Bryan
  • Pegge & Harold Garrett
  • Rick & Sally Rice
  • Peter & Anne Wittkop

Board Notes – March 2020

Your NFUMC Board is working diligently to address the challenges facing us as we look toward the future of our Church. The first step toward that future is the prayerful discernment of how NFUMC can better serve God and our community. We will begin that process later this month through a visioning exercise by the Board lead by Dr. Philip Schroeder, Director of the Center for Congregational Excellence of the North Georgia Conference. After our initial sessions we plan to expand the discussion to the whole congregation to develop a shared vision. As Peter described in in his letter to the Ephesians, Chapter 4, starting at verse 11:

11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God… 16 from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.

As we prepare for that future, we must also deal with the here-and-now issues facing us; one of which is the finances of the church. We had a very successful 5K and Midmorning Market event in the fall which resulted in a financial boost, but the financial foundation of any church is the recurring giving of the congregation which funds the ongoing operations and missions of the church. During the first two months of 2020 our income was approximately 60% of the giving during the same period in 2019. This places a strain on our ability to minister to ourselves and the community while we plan for our future.

The good news is that we have a good and loving congregation with a committed leadership team. We are a small congregation with a large amount of facilities, which is a challenge, but also provides opportunities. As reported in our January Board minutes, discussions with the District includes possibly planting another UMC church on our campus to share facilities (and costs) or another church merging with us. We also have our Monetization Working Group looking at renting Building C to a Pre-K or STEAM school plus renting out The Grove in Building B to performance groups in Fayette County Schools and other organizations.

We already have so many doing so much in our church, therefore it is hard to ask for more from you. Let me simply ask that we ponder and pray on this so that we may discern how each of us can contribute our time, talents, gifts, and service to fulfill our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Yours in service,

Steve Justice – 2020 NFUMC Board Chair

March 2020 Birthdays and Anniversaries

Congratulations to our members celebrating birthdays and anniversaries this month!

March 2020 Birthdays

  • Sammy Andrews
  • Sue Berg
  • Jennifer Black
  • Glenn Brooks
  • Debbi Carroll
  • J.B. Chandler
  • John Eric Douville
  • Catherine Ehlers
  • Jerri Green
  • Mike Green
  • Jesse Hardegree
  • Sara Harper
  • Jennifer Hocking
  • Dee House
  • Brian Johns
  • Marty Johns
  • Linda Mackey
  • Aimee McKibbin
  • Andrew McKibbin
  • Eddie Poindexter
  • Pam Pointek
  • Mike Putnam
  • Christopher Read
  • Amy Sauls
  • Cal Stephenson
  • Suzanne Stubbs

March 2020 Anniversaries

  • Revella & Gary Adams
  • Bill & Marie Cain
  • Delbert & Debbi Carroll
  • JR & Melanie Davis

 

February 2020 Birthdays and Anniversaries

Congratulations to our members celebrating birthdays and anniversaries this month!

February 2020 Birthdays

  • Revella Adams
  • Alexandria Alvarez
  • Hugh Brown
  • Susanne Carlson
  • AJ Childs
  • Yul Fogler
  • Travis Green
  • Sandra Herren
  • Rudy Herren
  • Dale R. Huber
  • Daryl Mackey
  • Jim Marks
  • George McKelvy
  • Phillip McKibbin
  • Alice Whitmire

 

February 2020 Anniversaries

  • Shirley & Glenn Blackston
  • Elizabeth & J.B. Chandler
  • Richard & Patsy Coleman
  • George & LuAnn Latzanich
  • Richard & Laura Moore