First UMC News
First Church Gilford Joins Reconciling Ministry Network
As many of you know, a Task Force has been hard at work over the last months to implement and enhance our Church Welcoming Statement in our day to day Church Life.
One of the agenda items left undone when the Welcoming Statement was voted and unani- mously passed by a Church Conference in Nov. 2011 (primarily for financial reasons) was membership in The Methodist Church’s Reconciling Ministry Network. The job of that organization is to let per- sons know which local churches around the country and world will welcome ALL people into the Life and Ministry of the Church. It is a way of spreading the Good News about First UMC of Gilford. And we needed to become a member of that Network.
I am happy to tell you that on April 19th the Ad Council voted to fulfill the wishes of our Church Conference in 2011 and found a way to do so economically without taking any money out of our Budget.
The Initial Fee of $250.00 will come equally from the Memorial Fund for Allyn Smyth and the Memorial Fund for Charles French. Both worked hard in the early stages of creating our Welcoming Statement and both were vigorous supporters of our Church Conference vote.
I am proud to tell you all that we are now “official” members of the Reconciling Ministry Net- work! I believe that we can be very proud to have prayerfully chosen again and again to stand up and make it clear that the doors and ministry of this Church are always open to all people and all of God’s Children.
We have more work to do, but this is an important step in becoming an “Open” community for Christ.