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We are a church dedicated to Jesus Christ. We are committed to outreach and to minister in His name.

There is an array of family-oriented ministries providing opportunities for children, youth, and adults to grow in faith, to enjoy Christian friendship, and to serve Christ.

There is a place for you at Richmond United Methodist Church.

A Note From Pastor Tom

Christmas Is Coming

            As I sit down to write, the first significant snow is falling outside.  Winter is upon us, and with it the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.  With so much going on in the next few months, I thought I should preview some of the things that are coming.

            On Saturday, December 10th, the church will be hosting a Christmas Concert sponsored by the Richmond Historical Society.  The concert begins at 6:00, and the music will be brought by the same group that performed here in August.  All are welcome.

            December 11th, we have a number of persons who will be joining in membership.  In the evening (4 – 7 p.m.), everyone is invited to the parsonage for our Christmas Open House.  Come enjoy food, fellowship, and Christmas cookies. 

            On December 18th, the church will be participating in Richmond’s Christmas Village and Parade.  The village pre-parade activities will begin at 3 p.m. and center around the two gazebos.  The parade will step off at 5 p.m.  Following the parade, Santa will be at the Richmond College Park to meet all the children.

            Our Christmas Eve service will be held at 7 p.m.  and will feature carols and candlelight.  This is a unique year, where Christmas Day falls on Sunday morning, so we will have a single service at 10 a.m.   On January 1 we will have normal services, with Rev. Bill Hibbs bringing the message. 

            Beginning in January, we will also be starting to offer a daily Bible reading plan.  There is something powerful about reading scripture together.  Each day contains an Old Testament reading, a New Testament reading, and a bit of either Psalms or Proverbs.  If you keep up with the plan all year, you will have read through the entire Bible.  We will make the readings available both monthly (in the newsletter) and weekly (in the bulletin). 

January 8th, we will be having our first annual planning retreat.  There will be a single service at 10:00, which will be followed by pot-luck lunch.  After lunch, every committee will be meeting.  If you aren’t part of a committee, you’ll be invited to pick one to join for the day.  After some brief instructions, the committees will break off and meet for 45 minutes.  The committees will be asked to cover three tasks:  Explain what your committee does, set one or two specific goals for you committee for the year, and set a next meeting date and time.  We’ll come back together to receive a report from each committee. 

            One final thing will likely be coming in January (or early February) – a church-wide vote on the matter of disaffiliation.  While we don’t have a specific date yet, we will likely be getting that information in the coming weeks.  It will be announced for at least two weeks before the vote occurs, and we intend to send out letters to all of our members once we have a specific date.  Only those who are members of the church and who are present will be able to vote.   There is another article in this newsletter answering some of the questions I’ve received around separation.  I hope this information is helpful, and I am always available if you have specific questions or concerns.  These are weighty issues and I want everyone who votes to have all the information they need to make an informed decision as they cast their vote. 

             While January feels like it is a long way away, it will be here (and gone) before we know it.  So let me wrap up by wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  God is good!