Hello, members and friends of FUMC,
I’ve heard some folks say they’re not interested in attending our Information Meeting about Disaffiliation Monday Night (6:30) because they think it’ll be a debate/shouting match.
It won’t be. Here are two reasons why.
First, because for two months the Administrative Council, at my request, has bathed this gathering in prayer, specifically so it won’t become ugly. Forget the about the new roof from several years ago.
Second, because this is NOT a meeting for theological debate over Disaffiliation. It’s to learn the Process for Disaffiliation.
In the immortal words of Sgt. Joe Friday, “Just the facts, Ma’am.”
WHEN (if) a vote is taken on Disaffiliation (in February), it won’t be decided by the Ad Council. Or the Staff. Or the Pastors. The responsibility lies with the church members.
Monday’s gathering is a one-time opportunity to educate ourselves with the Facts of the process. That’s it.
Responsibility is a blend of two words, “Response”, and Ability”. It’s not something thrust on us, it’s something we take for ourselves.
How many of us have the ABILITY to be there Monday night to learn about this important process? I’d say there’s a high percentage of us who have the ABILITY.
The question, then, is What will be our RESPONSE?
I hope the Sanctuary is filled with members who have responded to their ability to come and be fully informed as we discern God’s Will for our great church!
As our founder, John Wesley, was fond of saying in difficult times, “Best of all, God is with us!”
God is with us. I hope you’ll be with us, too, Monday at 6:30, in the Sanctuary.