From Pastor Tony


“Back to School” time is an exciting time.  Even though most of us will not be school classrooms this fall, it’s hard not catch the excitement of the children and youth around us.  Back to School is a fun time when students  get to have new school supplies and gadgets, see friends at school again, and learn new stuff.

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.  And it is even more important to use this compass reading as we chart the course of our future years of ministry.

Our congregation began meeting 149 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.

Today 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 are in ministry here in Fairmont so that we may accomplish these things!

This fall, we will be making plans for our next chapter in the ministry of our congregation.  We face some important decisions about which directions our ministry will take and how we can make best use of our resources to fulfil these ministries.

We are in the process of developing an all-church questionnaire to gather your thoughts and insights about where we should go as a  congregation.  We will use these insights during an all-church retreat this fall, during which we will chart the course and make ministry staffing decisions to best bring us to this desired ministry future.

We need your help in this process!  So please participate in this important questionnaire and church retreat.

And in the meantime, we’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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6 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.

  2. Hi Tony, I ran across your pdf for managing conflict in the church. May we have your permission to use a modified version of that for our church?

    Thanks in advance. Merry Christmas!

    1. Yes! You certainly may. Ours was developed with the help of a couple of other UM churches, making good use of what they learned through their processes. I will also send you a quick email… Tony

  3. Did not get to tell you after Bob Borchardts funeral today, what a wonderful service you did. It was so personable and meaningful. Thank you.
    Carol, Kay’s cousin

    1. Carol, Thank you for coming today and being here for Kay and the family. I am glad that the service and our celebration of Bob’s life was meaningful for you. Tony

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