Dear Friends of Jesus Christ,

I want to thank you all for the many ways you continue to support the ministries of our church through your prayers, presence, gifts, and service.  September was a very busy month. The Building Team hosted seven “Share the Vision” meetings.  If you attended one, you know that the purpose was to provide participants with the Building Team’s preliminary architectural and financial plans for the church’s potential relocation to its Apple Pie Ridge Campus.  These were not voting meetings. Instead, members of the team answered questions and listened to your concerns.  They also listened for feedback and ideas from the floor.  The eighth, and final, “Share the Vision” meeting is scheduled for October 13th, at 9:45am, in the sanctuary.  I wish to thank Randy Moulton, Chair of the Building Team, for heading up this effort.  I also wish to thank the Building Team members including: Gary Dunn, Cheryl Dyksen, Mark Roy, Mark St. Amand, Adam Wilfong and J.D. Berlin.  The Church Conference, which is a voting meeting, is scheduled for October 15th at 7pm in the sanctuary.  You must be present, and a full member of First United Methodist Church, in order to vote.  Please make every effort to attend as this vote is very important for the future of First United Methodist Church. 

The members of FUMC were shining examples of community this month. Bobby Dick and the United Methodist Men and Women, led a chicken barbecue on September 7th.  They prepared chicken, packaged meals, and made side dishes.  All proceeds will support Andy Kiser, FUMC member, who had a life-changing stroke.  Ben Rothermel headed up the United Way Day of Caring on Thursday, September 12th.  He and eight other members and friends of First United Methodist Church cleaned up trash in/around Abram’s Creek on the campus of Shenandoah University.  One of the highlights was when members of the team stood on the bridge and looked into the water, sharing memories with one another.  Larry and Linda Sullivan headed up the Friday, September 13th movie night.  The movie was “The God’s Must be Crazy”.  This compelling story about materialism, love, taking care of the environment, and understanding our differences, was moving for those who came.  Thanks to Larry and Linda for their leadership and vision!  Angie Palombi headed up the church’s Fall Festival at its Apple Pie Ridge Campus.  The kids and adults enjoyed the Hay Ride, Bouncy House, crafts, and food on September 21st.  Late September, Bobby Dick and The United Methodist Men and Women delivered supplies to rebuild the fence behind the church’s parsonage, located at 324 Ridge Avenue.  Commitment Sunday will be held on September 29th.  A brunch morning, a “Breakfast-in-Between” event, will be led by Angie Palombi.  Thanks Angie!  I hope you will all support this year’s effort by filling out an Estimate of Giving card on that Sunday.  If you’ve not had the chance to fill out an Estimate of Giving card yet, please do so as soon as possible and return it to the church.  This is our important tool to determine FUMC’s 2020 budget.

October looks like it will also be an exciting month.  The United Methodist Men and Women are planning a spaghetti dinner on October 19th.  There will also be a basket auction that night.  For the last several years, the kids have had a great time at a Halloween Party sponsored by the church.  This year, we’re trying something new.  A “Trunk or Treat” party has been scheduled for October 26th at 2pm at our church’s Apple Pie Ridge Campus.  Please bring Hershey Kisses or Skittles to donate. 

I hope to see you this Sunday at the church where we take our membership vows to support the church through prayers, presence, gifts, and service, seriously!  We’re called to work      together to make this world a better place!        

Rev. Will White, Lead Pastor