Thursday, May 18, 2023

FUMC Friends and Family,

In some form over the past nine months, we have been engaged in educational steps related to denominational matters regarding human sexuality. On May 8, our discernment subcommittee voted (6-5) to recommend to the Administrative Board, in the form of a motion, that our congregation begin what we have been calling “D” Discernment. Last night, our Administrative Board accepted the recommendation of the discernment subcommittee by voting (31-30) to move into the “Procedures and Processes for Churches Disaffiliating under ¶ 2553 of the Book of Discipline.” In keeping with the Book of Discipline and the process documents of our Annual Conference, I contacted our District Superintendent by email and phone to formally make known the decision of our Board. From this point on, these procedures and processes will be managed by the District Superintendent’s office. The complete document for these procedures and processes is available by clicking here.

For the next few months, I pray we all will commit to doing three things: stay in love with God, stay in love with the church, stay in love with your family. Moreover, summertime is upon us, and vacations are planned. VBS is approaching quickly. We have mission opportunities throughout the summer, too. So, my additional prayer is that you will use this season to heal, find respite, breathe, reflect, recharge, and reconnect. Take time to care for your soul, your mental health, your family, your Sunday school class, your neighbor, and people with whom you need to reengage. Our way forward is together. The past nine months have been trying on us all, but we can rise together in mission and ministry. I believe in us now more than ever. The church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord. That will never change, no matter how many challenges we face.

I leave you with a prayer from one of the pivotal figures in Church history—Eusebius of Caesarea, 4th century—and I hope you will save it somewhere for daily reflection in the coming months:

May I be no man's enemy, and may I be the friend of that which is eternal and abides.

May I never quarrel with those nearest me; and if I do, may I be reconciled quickly.

May I never devise evil against any man; if any devise evil against me, May I escape uninjured and without the need of hurting him.

May I love, seek, and attain only that which is good.

May I wish for all men's happiness and envy none.

May I never rejoice in the ill-fortune of one who has wronged me.

When I have done or said what is wrong, may I never wait for the rebuke of others, but always rebuke myself until I make amends.

May I win no victory that harms either me or my opponent.

May I reconcile friends who are angry with one another.

May I, to the extent of my power, give all needful help to my friends and to all who are in want.

May I never fail a friend in danger.

When visiting those in grief: may I be able, by gentle and healing words, to soften their pain.

May I respect myself. May I always tame that which rages within me.

May I accustom myself to be gentle and never be angry with people because of circumstances.

May I never discuss who is wicked and what wicked things he has done, but know good men and follow in their footsteps, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

God loves you. So do I. 

With Joy,


Sunday Morning Worship

May 21, 2023

Ascension Sunday

The Seventh Sunday of Easter

8:45 & 11:00 a.m.

After the 11:00 a.m. service, join us for a reception in the Fellowship Hall to celebrate Rev. Audrey Rodgers!


We Rise Together: Signs of a Resurrected People



Acts 1:6-14


Dr. Jay D. Cooper

Virtual Worship:

WSFA at 11:00

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at 8:45 & 11:00 

May 28


One Service at 10:00 a.m.


Carla Martin


Kerry Hancock Payne

May 9, 2023


Barry Lewis Wilson

May 10, 2023

 Frances T. Macomber

May 11, 2023



Alicia Adlerz and Lee Ketzler

May 13, 2023


Garrett Barnes and Hall Massey

May 13, 2023

Emmalyne Phillips and Trey Lindsey

May 13, 2023 



To Janice and Kenneth Sims and their family upon the death of Janice’s sister, Joan Kiley Burks



Hospital List

May 12 - May 18

Mike Luna

Harrison and Charlie Stephens

Contributions were made in honor of the following:

Caroline Sullivan

Honor Gifts: Mr. & Mrs. William McLeod

Rev. Lucas Tribble

Honor Gifts: Kate Blanton

Dr. Jason Borders

Honor Gifts: Kate Blanton

George Thomas

Respite: Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Blitz

Ginnie Wilkerson & the Nursery Staff

Honor Gifts: Lucy Walden

Brittany Bryan

Children's Ministry: Elizabeth Walden

John Bell

Respite: Mr. & Mrs. Charlie Walden

Glenda Argo & Renee Norman

Children's Ministry: Lucy Walden

Contributions were made in memory of the following:

William Kendrick Upchurch, Jr.


Susan Carmichael

Sue Sawrie

Ann Blackmon

Mr. & Mrs. Penn Cook

Virginia Noblin

Mr. & Mrs. Phillip O. Rawlings

Stephanie Holmes

Judy Duggar

Clare Bowman Memorial Garden:

Mr. & Mrs. Stephan Staelin

Ann Sippial

Mr. & Mrs. David Hudson

Mr. & Mrs. Larry Sparks

Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Reid

Mrs. Sid Coleman

Mr. & Mrs. Chris Gammon

Glenda Allred

Cathedral Builders: Ed Reifenberg

Fix It Shop: Andrea McCain

John Douglas Yelverton, Jr.

Memorial Fund: Connie Frazer

Respite: Mr. & Mrs. Billy Williamson

Carolyn Jackson


Mr. & Mrs. Jimmy Massey

Mr. & Mrs. Randy Jackson

Anne Tidmore

Mr. & Mrs. Houghton Smith

Louise Sanford Butner

Respite: Mr. & Mrs. John Albritton

Betty Hall Jones

Memorial Fund: Thelma Braswell

Davidson Carter Tankersley

Respite: Alice Carter

Joan Elaine Beasley


Mr. & Mrs. Lew Nyman

Milt Livingston

Mr. & Mrs. Danny Reese

Kate Blanton

Judy Duggar

Sarah Prentiss Fain


The Tharp & Thompson Families

Mr. & Mrs. Joe Richardson

Dr. Daniel & Dr. Carol Miles

LCDR & Mrs. B. W. Kendrick

The Tower Sunday School Class

Memorial Fund:

Pat Norris

Barbara Parks

Mothers Round Table

Richard Allen Williamson, Jr.

Memorial Fund: Mr. & Mrs. John Bell

Bobbie Warren Carter

Respite: Sandy Frederick

Lloyd Craig Harrison

Memorial Fund: Rufus Craig

Betty "Beebe" Merrill Phillips

Respite: Peggy Phelps

Virginia Hammond Simpson

Respite: Mr. & Mrs. Andy Hammond

Elbert "Bert" Rice Hughes, Jr.

Respite: Judy Duggar

Mell Walker Jones

Memorial Fund: Novus Sunday School Class

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