Board Notes – July 2020

“New Beginnings”

On June 28th we finally reopened the church with our first in-person service since March.  So many volunteers, too many to list here, spent the week before the service setting up The Grove to ensure that we did everything possible to keep our congregation virus safe.  The service went very well and we thank all those who attended for following the signs and guidelines. 

We also said our goodbyes to Pastor Beverly during her last service with us and presented her with a ‘Love Offering” to help offset some of her expenses for moving to her new church assignment.  Again, a great group of volunteers from our congregation assisted Beverly in the loading and the moving itself. 

Then this week we welcomed Pastor John Tomlin to our church with a flurry of activities to transfer computers, accounts, keys – you name it – to him as he begins his service with us.  We will be setting up a series of events outside of the Sunday services to allow our congregation to get to know Pastor John, most likely via the Zoom video service to keep everyone virus-safe.  Also, Pastor John will be continuing video sermons for those who can’t be with us in person.  In all things we want to ensure your physical health while we feed your spiritual health.

At the Board meeting on June 29th we approved the revised 2020 budget to reflect the change in pastor and the cessation of financial assistance from the conference.  The finances are still a challenge, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic derailed our plans to employ our facilities to generate additional revenue, but your ongoing strong support gives us time to address the issues through our upcoming visioning process. 

We will be scheduling the beginning of our church visioning process with Rev. Blair Zant – one of our guest video sermons in June – to chart a new course for our church. We invite everyone to take an active role in reshaping our ministries and programs which I firmly believe will reinvigorate our church both spiritually and financially.

So, this month started a series of new beginnings that will reshape our church to better serve as disciples of Jesus Christ to the world.

 

Yours in service,

Steve Justice – 2020 NFUMC Board Chair

Board Notes – June 2020

“Hang in There!”

It’s been a tough last three months as we dealt with disruptions from pandemic and now social unrest. If there was ever a time we needed to be together to pray for God’s grace and guidance it is now, but we’ve been forced to ‘social distance’ to ensure the health of our congregation. We know that tough times do not last forever, so we tell each other to “hang in there!”

The good news is that we are planning now for the reopening of our church at the end of the month. To reopen in a manner that keeps our congregation safe, we will 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, but we are well on our way. And of course, we will be planning a special celebration to thank Pastor Beverly for her service to our church!

Then in July we will welcome our new Pastor John Tomlin to our church starting on July 5th. We will be setting up a series of events to allow our congregation to get to know Pastor John, while staying virus safe. We will be continuing video sermons for those who can’t be with us in person and video teleconferences as an option for many of our meetings. In all things we want to ensure your physical health while we feed your spiritual health.

Now I want to switch to the financial health of the church. The pandemic has impacted many people financially and across all churches we see a reduction in giving. You have stepped up and maintained your giving throughout the time we’ve been closed, but our giving is still well below the 2019 levels. We’ve been able to survive through the first six months of the year thanks to assistance from the North Georgia Conference and Lagrange District, but with a new part-time Pastor coming on board it is time to us to stand on our own. This will require us to increase our giving and revenues from other sources to remain a viable church.

As we enter this new phase of our church’s life, we invite everyone to take an active role in reshaping our ministries and programs so that we may better serve as disciples of Jesus Christ to the world.

 

Yours in service,

Steve Justice – 2020 NFUMC Board Chair

June 2020 Birthdays and Anniversaries

Congratulations to our members celebrating birthdays and anniversaries this month!

June 2020 Birthdays

  • Gina Alford
  • Larry Boak
  • Emmett Davis Jr.
  • RayeAnn Holewinski
  • Lynne Keiser
  • Walt Keiser
  • Layne Kinney
  • David Kirby
  • Carol McGahee
  • Frank Sorci

 

June 2020 Anniversaries

  • Sammy & Judy Andrews
  • Mike & Nancy Daniell
  • Rudy & Sandra Herren
  • Steve & Barbara Justice
  • Walt & Lynne Keiser
  • Luther & Carol McGahee
  • Mike & Donna Putnam

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