From Pastor Tony


As we begin a new school year and a fresh new year of church ministry, it is good for us to reflect on why we are here.

Our congregation began meeting 148 years ago in Fairmont at the William Budd home.  Early Methodist Episcopal Circuit Riders, who rode their “preaching circuit” on horseback, led services on alternating Sundays at the Old Fort Fairmont.  When we officially organized in 1868, why do you think these early Methodists wanted to start a church?

It was to bring persons into a closer relationship with Jesus!  And to introduce new persons to our Lord and Savior.  And being followers of John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement in England, we also did what we could to help others and to make a difference in the world.

So why are we still here?  What do we want to accomplish as we begin a new school year of church ministry?  Does it have anything related to why those people at William Budd’s home started the Methodist Church in Fairmont a century and a half ago?

Our vision as a congregation is

Resounding God’s Grace!

  • Relating with love and grace
  • Radically welcoming our guests
  • Reaching out to our communities in love

This is related to the  mission of United Methodists around the world.  We United Methodists believe it is the mission of the church to

Make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

We exist, we are in ministry here in Fairmont so that we may accomplish these things!

I like to think that those seven people who began meeting in 1866 would nod their heads in agreement, that indeed, their vision and hope to bring persons into a closer relationship with Jesus and to introduce new persons to our Lord and Savior, and that these follows of Jesus would love their neighbors enough to make the world a better place, is still alive and well!

Join with us with renewed commitment this year to come closer to Christ!  Join us in our ministry to reach out to our communities in love, so that the world will be transformed in Jesus’ name!

I’ll be looking for you in church!  And outside our doors serving our neighbors in love!  As we do so,

May God Bless Us!

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2 thoughts on “From Pastor Tony

  1. Dear Pastor Tony,

    We are close friends and former neighbors of Joyce Gina and Bob. We met at their 10th Anniversary renewal of vows (Shirley was the one getting in everyone’s way with her camera).

    We have a strange, but Huge favor? We are trying to finish a prayer shawl for Joyce in time for Bob’s memorial service. If it is done by Thursday, may I ask your help to gather together before the service to pray for Joyce while we all hold (as best we can) a piece of the shawl? It may be a comfort to her having a shawl that has been prayed over by her pastor, church members, friends and family. If no, that’s OK, too.

    Thank you for your time; and we thank you, everyone, for the love and great kindness you’ve shown both Bob and Joyce.

    Love in Christ,

    Shirley & Rich

    1. It was an honor to be able to lead those gathered in blessing the special prayer shawl you made for Gina. I’m glad you were able to be with us at the celebration of Bob’s life last week.

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