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Meeting at North Fauquier Community Lakeview Shelter
Address: 4155 Monroe Pkwy. Marshall, VA
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The Straw Poll resulted in a positive vote at 68.57%; We had set a threshold of 58% in order to move on and this surpassed our set threshold by 10%.
Following is the breakdown of the results for your information if you are interested:
35 Votes were registered in total:
Of those votes provided today:
Of those voting:
If you have any questions or want further information on this breakdown, please let me know. I will provide screen shots of the survey for Admin Council and am happy to provide to anyone who would request them.
The next step is for me to notify the DS of these results and to provide the Trustees names and contact numbers and then for the Trustees to continue with the required information to send on to the District.
Thank you all for your prayerful discernment and for taking time to participate in this very important vote regarding the congregation and the Church.
I'm here if you have any questions.
Following the last day of discernment, March 13, we will have a Straw Poll of the congregation on the issue of disaffiliation. The on line Straw Poll is now closed.
What is the Straw Poll?
The Straw Poll is the requirement next step in the disaffiliation process for our Church family. It is simply how it sounds - a basic YES or NO poll to gauge the overall feeling and wants of our congregants on the issue. We will provide this poll regarding going forward with the next steps in the process to anyone on our email list or who attends church. You do not have to be a professing member to participate in the straw poll.
Can I vote on this issue?
Yes - and you should. Anyone who attends our Church (be they professing members or not) may vote at this point in the process. The poll will provide a spot for you to mark if you are a professing member, not a member, etc. This will be different than the final vote which will only allow professing members on our membership rolls to vote on the final decision.
How can I vote?
We will issue the poll in an online format. You may only vote one time. We will issue an electronic Survey Monkey poll on Tuesday, March 14th. The online poll will be open from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm. If you do not have access to the online poll you may come by the Church office from 9:30 - 12:00 noon on March 14th and cast a hard copy ballot or you may call the office during those same hours on March 14th to register your vote by phone. All of these formats will have the same single question and same options of YES or NO.
How do I provide my response?
If you have access to email and a computer, you will simply click the link below and vote.
If you do not have access to a computer you can call the Church office to submit a voice vote.
If you want to vote in person, you can do so from 9:30 - Noon at the Church office.
When and how will votes be counted?
Due to time sensitivity, it will be critical for us to have a vote on March 14th. We will count all the votes on the evening of March 14th. We cannot accept votes prior to the end of the discernment period of March 13th. We need to make this a short window in order to give our Trustees enough time to complete the work needed to be done by April 6th.
We will review the cards and ensure no one has voted more than once and we will do a simple count of the YES and NO votes
We will then determine if the requisite percentage required - 58% (a percentage set by our Administrative Council) has been reached to continue the work on disaffiliation. If we reach that percentage, then the Trustees will work through the tight deadline to reach the April 6th paperwork deadline for submission to the District for review and signature.
As a professing member currently on the rolls of Rectortown UMC, once I vote, can I change my mind on disaffiliation?
This straw poll is simply a general vote of all attending congregants on exploring further to allow our Trustees and others to begin work on gathering information for the process. There will be a second vote at a later date that will be the FINAL guiding vote on the issue. That vote will only be participated in by professing members on the roll of the Rectortown United Methodist Church. That vote will be at a called Church Conference, overseen by our DS. So voting YES at this time does not mean that your vote cannot be changed later as we proceed through the process.
RUMC is currently taking steps to explore the disaffiliation process. The United Methodist Church has provided guidance on the steps to take during this time. One of the steps, and a very powerful and important piece for this process, is the 30 day discernment period.
This period is meant for each of us to take time daily to think and pray on the process at hand, the Church as a whole, the work God calls us to do, and how this work and this decision may or may not reflect the work we are called to do. Pastor Lamb prepared a prayer guide available by clicking the button below. If you would like a printed copy, please contact the church office. He and I, as the disaffiliation liaison, ask that you use this daily to guide your prayerful discernment during this period.
The discernment period will begin on February 12th and go until March 13th. The church will also be open every Monday from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm for you to have time within the church itself and in joint prayer with others who may attend at that time. A structured prayer service with Pastor Jonathan will occur at 7:00 pm; you will also be able to participate on Zoom (see calendar for log-in). This is an incredibly important time for us, and this period is particularly vital to moving forward.
We ask that you lift up God's will in this situation and prayerfully seek His guidance over these next 30 days. Thank you all.
Kris Hylton & Pastor Jonathan Lamb
Harrisonburg and Winchester Districts have combined to form the Shenandoah River District of the Virginia Annual Conference.
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BeADisciple.com hosts online courses which have been approved by the General Board of Discipleship as advanced courses in Lay Servant Ministries. BeADisciple.com is one of several programs of the Institute for Discipleship at Southwestern College, a United Methodist institution in Winfield, Kansas. Several of the courses also offer 1 CEU for clergy and other staff. You can find upcoming LSM courses on the www.beadisciple.com website as well as studies through The Upper Room, courses from the YouthWorker Movement, and Safe Sanctuaries training.
Pastor Jonathan is a young and energetic pastor coming to us from Bridgewater UMC where he served as their Associate Pastor of Congregational Care and Youth Ministries where he organized Youth Group Events, taught Confirmation Class, and visited the local nursing homes. In 2021, he was ordained an elder in The United Methodist Church. He served as the youth minister at Bridgewater United Methodist Church. Prior to that, his first appointment was as a Pastor at Christ and Fields United Methodist Churches in Shenandoah, Virginia where he served from 2017-2020. Under his Pastoral leadership, Fields Church was successful in effecting handicap accessibility to meet the needs of their congregation and the community.
Pastor Jonathan’s ministry has been shaped by Jesus’ teachings in Matthew 22:37-39: “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: You must love your neighbor as you love yourself” (Common English Bible). Jesus’ words continue to shape Pastor Jonathan’s ministry by guiding him to listen with compassion, share with others in joys and in heartaches, give freely of himself and his gifts, and love all those he meets.
Pastor Jonathan grew up in Luray, Virginia where his parents and extended family continue to live. He attended Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and went on to Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. Following seminary, Pastor Jonathan served as a hospital chaplain at Lynchburg General Hospital. As he enjoys spending time outdoors, Pastor Jonathan served five summers at Camp Overlook in his early twenties as a counselor and he continues to minister to children and youth at Camp as a volunteer chaplain in the summers.
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All, This is an historic moment for RUMC, as this is the first email sent thru the newly installed 10 Gigabit router and fiber cable installed by Claude Schoch, High Mountain Farm Broadband. I am operating on RUMC 1 WIFI from the Social Hall. The Community of Rectortown and surrounding area, has successfully been connected via fiber optic cable, under a project that was started just months ago. Although there is much still to do, I wanted to mark this momment in time, as RUMC is depending on this service to help us continue to grow our congregation, means of providing high speed services and create a diverse set of capabilities at quality, speed and quantity not previously experienced. We must now continue to expand our programs and applications as we learn how to maximize this service. Praise the Lord, Larry
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