“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!