From Pastor Tony


This fall, we are entering an exciting new chapter in the 150 year-old life of our congregation. We are 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.

These decisions will directly impact what paid church staff positions we will fill in the months ahead.

We have developed an all-church questionnaire to gather your thoughts and insights about where we should go as a congregation. A copy of this is included in this month’s newsletter. It was also distributed during our Sunday morning worship the last Sunday in September.

We will use the insights from this questionnaire during an all-church retreat in October, during which we will chart the course and make ministry staffing decisions to best bring us to this desired ministry future. Be looking for more information about this retreat as we confirm the leadership of this important time together.

Our vision today 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!
We need your help in this process! So please participate in this important questionnaire and be a part of our 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!

Signature 2011

2 thoughts on “From Pastor Tony

  1. 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

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