Purposed Change in Worship.

As you probably know, worship attendance has been steadily declining for several years. It has now reached the point where having two worship services is impractical and really makes no sense.

Therefore I am asking for your input, your thoughts as well as any concerns you may have. Please do not be afraid to share what you are thinking with me.

I am purposing that we go back to one worship service. This will be at 10:30 a.m. with Sunday School beginning at 9:30 a.m. I am purposing this time as a compromise so that neither the 9:15 nor the 11:00 people will feel that we simply did away with their service.

Reasons for this move are: A.-We are one church yet many people do not know each other. I have been asked twice in the past little bit who someone was and they are regulars at the other service. Having one service will bring us closer together. B. -Our sound techs and music director will not have to pull double duty. [Please know that they have never complained.] C. – I get really discouraged preaching to empty pews. The combined attendance, while we will in no way fill our sanctuary, will look like a larger congregation.

Reasons against the move are: A-Those attending 9:15 like getting out earlier. The new time will help with this concern. B. – These two different styles of worship. While 9:15 is less formal it is still a traditional worship service. C. – The 11:00 service is longer. Really there is not that much difference and worship should not be governed by a clock. D. – We have always had worship at 11:00 a.m. There is nothing sacred about the eleven o’clock hour and the church that will not change is the church that will die. However if this comes about we will really need to get word out about the time change.

Tentative plans are for this to begin the first Sunday of the new Conference Year-July 2nd. Or we could continue with the two services through the summer and begin the new service after Labor Day. Remember that if attendance increased enough to support two services we can always go back to that.

Please, let me know your thoughts.

Email your thoughts to fumcgalax1@gmail.com.


UMW News – May 2017

Our next UMW meeting will be May 9th at 10:00 am in the UMW room. Norma Haynes has the program. Lunch plans will be announced later. Please plan to attend. We will be leaving for Lake Junaluska on May 18th for Holston UMW Spiritual Enrichment Experience. There is still time for you to make plans to join us on this trip. If you have never been to “the lake”, now is the time to go as this is the last UMW event to be held there. Future events are being planned in the area of Pigeon Forge, TN.

2017 Hands-On Mission Project Health Kit – Zimbabwe

Thank you all for helping us in this mission!

Please pack all items in a 2-gallon Ziploc bag and bring them to the church annex by June 4th:

  • 2 bars soap
  • 2 toothpaste (6.4 oz or less)
  • 2 toothbrushes
  • 1 children’s chewable Tylenol, 80 mg/160 mg (30ct)
  • 1 washcloth
  • 1 Delsym 12-hour for children/adults (3 oz or less)
  • 1 Tylenol, 500 mg (24 ct)
  • 1 Benadryl, kid’s liquid (4oz) OR adult tabs (24ct)
  • 1 Aleve, 220 mg (24ct)
    1 Listerine, adult OR children’s Smart Rinse (250 mL or less)

Memorial/Honorariums Can Be Made to Following Groups

Memorial/Honorariums Can Be Made to Following Groups:

  • Health & Welfare
  • Kid’s Junction
  • United Methodist Women
  • Prayer Shawl (Knitting) Ministry
  • Adult Counsel
  • Youth Group
  • Children’s Group
  • Camperships
  • Sanctuary Choir
  • Special Restoration Project-(ex. Parlor Restoration, but please contact the church office to inquire about active projects or with any questions you have)

Children’s Ministry News – May 2017

We are thankful to God for working through our church to serve children in our area.
The Children’s committee would like to let you know that our Easter event was definitely a success. There were 17 children!!! YAY! The activities included the story about Jesus riding the donkey through the street on Palm Sunday, a parade with the children shouting and waving palm branches, an egg hunt, petting live bunnies, the Easter story and refreshments.
We also had lots of good help from our youth and our committee members. We would like to thank the youth for hiding the eggs, Jolene for bringing 3 of her live rabbits, and our church family for prayers and contributions. Because of all the contributions made by so many we sent the children home with plastic eggs filled with candy but also A LOT MORE!

Mom 2 Mom Diaper Drive

Where: Galax Walmart, 1140 East Stuart Drive
When: Thursday, May 11th from 2pm-7pm
Benefits Tri-Area Pregnancy Center
Details at http://www.spiritfm.com/ or you can call the Spirit FM offices at: 800-774-9798, (434-237-9798) or email office@spiritfm.com. Thank you!