Congratulations to our members celebrating birthdays and anniversaries this month!
March 2021 Birthdays
- Sammy Andrews
- Sue Berg
- Glenn Brooks
- Debbi Carroll
- Jerri Green
- Jennifer Hocking
- Marty Johns
- Eddie Poindexter
- Mike Putnam
March 2021 Anniversaries
- Gary & Revella Adams
- Bill & Marie Cain
- Delbert & Debbie Carroll
For some time, I have been thinking about a better way to do some of the duties of a Lay Leader during these abnormal times. So, I decided to write a monthly installment for the church newsletter and Facebook page called the Lay Leader’s Line. This writing will provide relevant information for the North Fayette UMC congregation obtained from the South East Jurisdiction, the North Georgia Annual Conference, and the SouthWest District (former LaGrange District). Additionally, I will probably include an article from these sources that I wish to share with you.
I do not want this to only reflect my perspective, so I welcome any comments and input from you as to how to improve Lay Leader’s Line for the benefit of the entire North Fayette congregation as this is written for you; the Laity of North Fayette UMC. I look forward to hearing from you.
Every Monday I receive a special email from the North Georgia Conference titled MONDAY MEMO. It is written by the Rev. Dr. Terry Walton, who is the Executive Assistant to our Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson. I always love reading these memos as I find them to be down to earth, relevant and thought provoking. In Rev. Dr. Walton’s own words:
“I am hopeful that my thoughts on Mondays will stir thoughts in you. I am certain we will not agree on many things. But isn’t this what the world so desperately needs; a place of safe disagreement that could allow for fertile growth and maturing of us as God’s children? And when we do agree, to have the maturity of soul, emotions, and mind not to see it as choosing sides against those who think differently?”
So, for this first Lay Leader’s Line, I am including the link to this week’s Monday Memo. It really caused me to pause and reflect for a while. I hope you will also find in it touchpoints, ideas, and inspiration.
January was a busy month as we continue to use video to stay spiritually connected during this time of social distancing. Prior to the start of the pandemic locally last March, NFUMC had a very minimal online video presence, but we have learned along the way and ended 2020 with 60 videos posted with over 5,700 views! We continue to innovate and are planning to keep a strong online video presence even after we go back to in-person services.
January was also a busy month for your Board of Servants as we completed all the year-end reporting for the District and made the annual appointments to our various working groups, teams, and committees. We have several open positions at this time including an At-Large seat on the Board of Servants which we will fill until the next Charge Conference. If you are interested in serving on the Board, please contact me before February 20th.
With our plan to re-start in-person services in April, we need to continue repairs and improvements to our facilities. The heating system in The Grove was repaired in January and we plan several church work days to get the space ready for our Easter celebrations.
January was a busy, if not exciting, month full of those tasks necessary to get ready for better times in the near future. We will need everyone to be part of our preparations in February and March through your prayers and service. Easter will have special meaning this year for our church as we witness a rebirth of our in-person ministries as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Yours in Service,
Steve Justice – 2021 NFUMC Board Chair
It’s Girl Scout cookie time and our Girl Scout Troop 14774 is again selling cookies. The proceeds will support this troop and all Girl Scouts.
You have two options for buying cookies.
- You can buy cookies for yourself.
- You can buy cookies which the Girl Scouts will arrange for delivery to Military troops to include overseas.
Cookie prices are $4.00 a box except for Toffee-tastics and S’mores which each cost $6.00 a box. See the picture below for the list of cookie types for sale.
Orders can be sent to Sue Berg via email email@example.com, text or phone at 678-435-5982. Payment can be made at the time of pickup. Cash or check will be accepted.
Cookie pickup will be at the church, under the portico at building B on February 18th between 3 – 6 pm. Please contact Sue if you need to setup a different pickup time.
If you have any questions, please contact Sue.
We want to express our heartfelt thanks for your generous Christmas gifts to us, the NFUMC staff. Your continued spirit of giving during these financially trying times is exceptional! God bless all of you!
LuAnn Latzanich, Mike Daniell, Anthony Blood & John Tomlin