Updates on the Work on the Church



As Chair of the Board of Trustees, I would like to update the congregation on the work that has been taking place on the picnic shelter and the interior of Parsonage #1.

The picnic shelter has new siding, new wiring, additional lighting, new switches and outlets, as well as new support beams and trusses. That finishes up the work we started previously when we rebuilt the brick grill, added a new cooking surface and charcoal pan, and replaced the roof shingles. I hope the church can get another 80+ years of use out of it!

Work on Parsonage #1 has taken longer than planned due to the fact that we were unable to get inside the residence when we were supposed to, plus the fact that there have been a couple of unexpected contractor delays. That aside, much progress has been achieved.

The interior of the residence has been painted, the wall-to-wall carpet has been removed, and the hard wood floors have been refinished and sealed.

Further, new water tight flooring was installed in the kitchen and bathrooms, both toilets and a sink were replaced, three ceiling lights were replaced, two ceiling fans were replaced, four window air conditioners were added, the front and rear porch lights were replaced, and the kitchen is being completely renovated.

Aside from fresh paint and a new floor, the kitchen has new oak cabinets and hardware, granite countertops, tile backsplash, a new sink and fixtures, new GE appliances, a garbage disposal, and new over-the-sink lighting.

Unfortunately, this room is not yet complete, but we’re very close to that point. We have no influence over those delays that are out of our control, but we know that all will be well in the end. The work to the pastor’s residence will be completed soon and it will be a source of pride for all of us.

I want the congregation to know that Mark and Glenna McFadden have been wonderful during this renovation process and I thank them again for their patience.

Bill Brannon, Chair
Board of Trustees

UMW News June 2018



The UMW will not meet in June due to Annual Conference. We will be having our annual UMW Sunday on June 24. Morgan Tompkins will be speaking to us about the Mission Trip she went on to Houston, Texas in March. We hope you will all come for our 10:30 worship service and hear about Morgan’s experiences on the trip. Our next meeting will be on July 10th at 10:00 a.m. We will begin making plans for the Fall Annual UMW meeting which will be held at FUMC, Galax on October 20, 2018.

UMW President, Peggy Chappell

“Whom Shall I Send, And Who WIll Go For Us?” ISAIAH 6:8

“Whom Shall I Send, And Who WIll Go For Us?” ISAIAH 6:8

For 40 years when Richard heard this call he answered with – “Here I am! Send me.”

We have been very fortunate that God placed Richard in three churches in our region, including FUMC. His dedication to his congregations was evident on Sunday afternoon. The reception to honor Richard’s years of service was well attended by the people of Oakland, Floyd and Galax churches. In addition, there was a surprise visit from his sister and her family. People took the opportunity to share with Richard the many ways he positively impacted their lives. In addition to the visits, prayers, and support he has extended to us, his Bible studies and Sunday school class have been extra blessings. The congregations presented Richard with a “gift certificate” for a trip to the Holy Lands with District Superintendent Kim Goddard. Fortunately, Richard will still be in the area so we can enjoy his friendship in the years to come.


I am such a creature of habit. I hate change. I get upset when Head & Shoulders changes their shampoo bottle. I almost went into shock when Food City rearranged their aisles. So you can imagine how the major change in my life, going from Full Elder Status to Retired Elder Status, is affecting me!

For the past forty years my identity has been that of the preacher. I have served United Methodist Congregations as the “Pastor in Charge.” After this Annual Conference this may not be the case. My life has also been centered around the Sunday Worship Service so I will need to make a major readjustment in how I spend my time. This will not come easily for me.

Now my head knows that the change has to come. Especially in our United Methodist itinerant system. We know we are not appointed to stay an any one church or charge but realize that eventually there will be a change. However, this head knowledge never found its way into my heart!

So if I seem preoccupied or “not quite right” during the next few weeks, please bear with me. The Second Sunday in June will be my last time in the pulpit. However I will be “on call” to be your pastor should the need arise, until the new minister takes over July 1st.

Even though I will no longer be your minister I hope to always be your friend.

My new mailing address is: 412 ½ West Center Street, Apt C, Galax, VA 24333

Know that I will always love you.


UMW NEWS – April 2018

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We had seven members and one guest who attended Spiritual Enrichment Experience at Lake Junaluska April 12-14. We enjoyed the beauty and peace at the lake and experienced a very inspiring retreat. It’s always great to go to the lake. Our next UMW meeting will be May 8th. Norma is in charge of the program. Lunch plans will be announced closer to meeting time. We will be making plans for UMW Sunday which will be on June 24th. Morgan Tompkins will be our guest speaker sharing her mission trip experiences.

Easter at FUMC

Easter activity and egg hunt will be Palm Sunday, March 25 in Fellowship Hall from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

All children 12 and under are invited to come celebrate the coming of Easter.  We look forward to a great day of fellowship, fun and learning about Jesus.

Plans include:  Crafts, story time, egg hunt, and refreshments.  We will have prizes and surprises.

We will meet in the fellowship hall and the egg hunt will take place rain or shine.


UMW News – March 2018

The pancake supper was a success thanks to all of you who participated and to all the great help. Our next UMW meeting will be March 13th in the UMW room. This will be our Call to Prayer meeting and Judy White is in charge of the program. Lunch plans will be announced. New handbooks are ready thanks to Sandy and Elaine so don’t forget to pick yours up. March 17th is the Spring Mini-Retreat at Dublin UMC. Pat Farrell is the speaker. All are welcome to attend. Please let Peggy know if you want to go to this meeting.

We’re going back to Lake Junaluska April 12th for SEE. Please join us for this event.

UMW President, Peggy Chappell


As 2017 comes to a close, the Kid Junction team is happy to report another successful year. In our continuing mission to serve the community, we have served 68 families and 150 children. This was possible because of the support and generosity of our FUMC family. We thank you—each and every one—for your support and prayers as we continue this ministry. Also a very special thanks to our volunteers for the year: Betty Parks, Irene Turner, Janis Kurtz, Nancy Westmoreland, and Doris Ward.

Our 2017 backpack campaign brought in 46 backpacks and a large amount of school supplies. One or two backpacks are left and a small volume of school supplies, which are always needed during the school year.

We received about 10 coats for the 2017 coat campaign. Most of these were distributed during November and December, leaving only a few small sizes for the rest of this winter. When the children’s coats go on clearance, we will be able to restock. If anyone would like to make a monetary contribution for the 2018 children’s coat campaign, please note when turning into the church office. If you would like to donate a coat or coats we need sizes from 4-14 for both boys and girls.


Again this year the Prayer Shawl Ministry has contributed blankets, hats and scarves. Also, Janis Kurtz, one of our volunteers, keeps a supply of pocket prayer shawls available to distribute to the families we serve. Our team truly values the contribution these ladies have made with love and prayers for those who receive them.


As the numbers show, the needs in our community are there. The families that receive assistance are grateful and appreciative. When children are able to come with parents, many leave with smiles on their faces after receiving items such as hygiene items, school supplies, new coats, shoes, outfits, socks, underwear, pajamas, sweaters, story books, toys and/or stuffed animals.
All of us at Kid Junction feel just as blessed as the families we serve. We are proud to be a part of our church family, who has such a great heart for children.
If you have questions about KJ or would like to volunteer your time or talent, please contact any member of the KJ Team: Linda Murphy at 233-9102, Elsie Davis, or Dianne Marshall at 233-7841. We ARE in need of volunteers. If you would be willing to help change out clothes from one season to the next or come and assist on one of the Mondays, occasionally, we could use you!!!

“But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” Hebrews 13:16 (New King James Bible)

Children’s Bible Study

We were blessed to have 15 children at our December Children’s Bible Study. We had such a good time studying God’s message of Christmas with the children.

This was the first time some of the children had attended and we feel sure that it will continue to grow and become an important part of our Children’s program.

We invite you to stop by the children’s room and check out what we have been doing. Be sure and notice the bulletin board outside the door.

Thanks for all your prayers and support.
Ruth Sizemore, Co-Chair Children’s Committee