School Supplies Drive 2021 – A Big Thank You!

To the Congregation of  North Fayette and Friendship UMCs,

We have faced challenges this past year and a half that most of us have not experienced in our lives.  In the face of all this, the congregations of North Fayette and Friendship UMCs  have responded with extraordinary generosity, continuing a long tradition of supporting the needs of our school children and their families.  You – the members of this fellowship working together – have joined in the most inspiring outpouring of caring I have ever seen. 

Your donations have already provided our students with school supplies, food, shoes, clothing, hygiene supplies and much-needed medication, and the depth of the funding will  help to sustain these efforts.

Bill and I have always felt that we belong to the kindest, most caring church around.  You prove this all year long with numerous outreach programs. But the support our school children receive from you is above any other I know.  We are honored and proud to call all of you friends!

On behalf of all the people in the Fayette County Schools, I thank you for your caring spirit and generous heart!

— Kim Bryan, Member of North Fayette United Methodist Church and School Social Worker for the Fayette County Schools.

Board Notes – July 2021

The transition of pastors from Rev. John Tomlin to Rev. Kimberly Dugger proceeded well through June with Rev. Dugger officially introduced to the congregation at our July 4th service – our first in the sanctuary since March 2020. We are slowly ‘dusting off the cobwebs’ as we adjust to being back in the sanctuary and, as happens with any pastor change, Rev. Dugger adding her own imprint to our worship. 

As part of the dual appointment of Rev. Dugger to both NFUMC and Friendship UMC along with discussions of a merger between the two churches, we will adjust our July services to allow our congregations to get to know each other better.  We will hold one service each Sunday with the Friendship congregation to join us at NFUMC on three Sundays, while the service on Sunday July 18th will be hosted by Friendship UMC.  We also plan to have our Southwest District Superintendent Rev. Susan Landry to join us after the service on Sunday July 25th for a Q&A session.  Your Board will also be there to answer questions.  Everyone is encouraged to attend.

 Your Board and our other volunteer leaders are working hard to address maintenance issues across our buildings including repairs to air conditioners, roof, lighting and A/V.  The good news is that your giving continues to be strong which allows us to make these needed repairs, but we are in a slight cash deficit for the year to date.  We have done very well even in the midst of the pandemic and the Board continues to work hard to reduce our costs even as we seek to expand our ministries. We are also in talks with outside groups to use The Grove for special music and arts events to bring in people, and some additional revenues, to our church. 

This is an exciting time for our church as we welcome a new pastor and hold talks to merge with Friendship UMC.  It will be a challenging time, but worthwhile for both churches. Essential to our future is your continued faithful participation in the life and ministries of our church through your prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness. Together we have the opportunity to grow our ministries to the local community to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Yours in Service,

Steve Justice – 2021 NFUMC Board Chair

July 2021 Birthdays and Anniversaries

Congratulations to our members celebrating birthdays and anniversaries this month!

July 2021 Birthdays

  • Gabriana Blood
  • Chuck Davenport
  • Bill Koetje
  • Sharon Langston
  • Connie Schultz
  • James Schultz
  • Susan Sorci
  • Nancy Steadman
  • Jolynn Stevens
  • Janet Warren
  • Anne Wittkop
  • Peter Wittkop


July 2021 Anniversaries

  • Grace & Hugh Brown
  • Carol & Lewis Gregg
  • David & Kathy Kirby
  • Annette & Eddie Poindexter

Board Notes – June 2021

This month we say goodbye to Pastor John Tomlin and begin the process of welcoming our new Pastor Kimberly Dugger to NFUMC.  Pastor transitions are always hard and especially so since we’re just starting to come back from the Covid shutdown.  Rev. Tomlin and Rev. Dugger are hard at work on the transition and your Board of Servants met with Rev. Dugger  on June 1st as part of the transition process.  We’ll be making more announcements about the transition throughout the month of June as we continue to work out the details.

One of those details is how we will handle the dual appointment of Rev. Dugger to both NFUMC and Friendship UMC.  The two churches are only three miles apart and very similar in our congregation makeup which offers some intriguing possibilities.  The Board met with our District Superintendent Susan Landry in late May on this subject leading to a very worthwhile discussion about a possible merger between NFUMC and Friendship UMC.  Friendship is a small church with limited facilities while NFUMC is a church with very good facilities that needs more people to fill them.  There are many positives for both churches with a merger, but many questions as well. 

The Board will meet with leaders from Friendship during June to continue the discussion and then hold another Town Hall meeting with our congregation to get your opinions.  Be assured that your voice will be heard during this process and that in any merger we will continue to worship on our campus while welcoming and incorporating the heritage of Friendship UMC. 

In the midst of all this change we must recognize the superb efforts of Rev. Tomlin to bring us through this year of Covid as a congregation made even stronger through adversity.  John has preached inside, outside, virtually and any other way he could think of to keep bringing the Word of God to this congregation.  He will always be special to us and a member of the NFUMC family.

We have one more month to worship with Pastor John, so let’s enjoy our return to fresh air worship, the great music, great sermons and our fellowship with one another.  

Yours in Service,

Steve Justice – 2021 NFUMC Board Chair