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Please highlight on your calendars two dates:

June 11th - the next discernment meeting

June 25th - in honor and celebration of Pastor Rob McCoy. We will be honoring Rob during the service. After service we will do the traditional potluck as we celebrate the many ways he has touched our lives and helped us grow spiritually.

Regarding the discernment process: At our last meeting, May 28th, it was determined that the next step was to request a meeting with DS Cara Scriven, that we might share our concerns face to face. On Thursday, June 1st, DS Scriven met with SPR Chair Miriam Wyble, Church Council Chair Janice Olmsted, Lay Leader Joyce Stratton, Membership Chair Carmen Caporale.

Carmen gave an overview of NMUMC perspective of events & frustrations. She then summed it up by saying we don’t know if we have a future. DS Scriven shared the Annual Conference/District vision for NMUMC as follows:

1. NMUMC is not on the schedule of churches with questionable or shaky status…a list which projects 10 years forward.

2. NMUMC is seen to have potential for development…positives noted included an active congregation, a beautiful building, an area that is developing.

3. If acceptable, an interim pastor familiar to NMUMC will be assigned to lead the church for 3 months, July through September.

4. Interim pastor to be followed by a part-time pastor experienced in assisting grieving churches, one who is a theological fit with skills similar to Pastor Rob’s. She indicated the grieving process is likely to take at least one year, and possibly longer. At the end of the first year the status and fit will be reviewed with satisfaction of the congregation being the goal.

5. DS Scriven will advocate financial assistance, but cannot guarantee it.

6. On-going communication is seen by both parties as critical to the growth and success of NMUMC.

It was exciting to hear confirmation of what we know to be true of NMUMC, that it is growing disciples of Christ to share with the world. May we be part of…may we embrace the spirit of change!

~ Joyce Stratton, Lay Leader

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