Dear FFUMC members and friends,
With the announcement of my retirement in June at the Holston Annual Conference session, it is tempting to start looking back over the terrain of my previous ministry settings, but I must remain focused on the work yet to be done here. Some things work like a well-oiled machine because of our excellent staff, committed leadership, and the helping hearts and hands of all.
An immediate thing to happen is that the Staff-Parish Committee will be in consultation with the Tennessee Valley District Superintendent, the Rev. Brenda Carroll, as the appointive process moves along to name my following pastor and continue Chuck as associate pastor. Projections are to happen in early March. Also, the Staff-Parish team is seeking to hire a Food Service Manager for the many fellowship events, outside group use, and weekly hospitality so important to our church.
The hiring of this gifted person to carry out our ministry of hospitality is the most pressing concern on my plate, personally. Announcement has been made to the community, district, and conference of this opening. If a person is not found soon, I will be seeking a committed corps of volunteers to share the load of this essential ministry. Sandi Wilkins for Staff Parish and Clark Brekke as a concerned member, with me, are eager for your help.