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Thursday, May 10, 2018 3:41 PM


Thursday, May 10, 2018 3:41 PM
Thursday, May 10, 2018 3:41 PM

We are all familiar with the words “IT IS FOOTBALL TIME IN TENNESSEE!” Well, in that same spirit I would like to share with you, as if you did not know it already, “IT IS TRANSITION TIME AT FIRST-CENTENARY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH!”

The word transition is defined in the following way: “The process or a period of changing from on state or condition to another.” Synonyms are change, passage, move, transformation, conversion, metamorphosis, alteration, handover, changeover, segue, shift, switch, jump, leap, progression, progress, development, evolution, flux. I personally think that country singer, Willie Nelson, describes the essence of transition best in his song, “On The Road Again…!”

Yes it is transition time at FCUMC and I want you to know that all persons and leaders involved in this particular transition have done an excellent job in enabling our time honored and cherished tradition of moving on from one pastor to the next pastor.

If you do not know already, The Reverend Mark Gooden is projected to be the next FCUMC Senior Pastor. Mark has followed me before and survived very well and I know that he and his lovely wife Judy will be tremendous assets to FCUMC. So, keep them in your prayers as they make their way to you. Mark’s first sermon will be on July 1, 2018.

Carolyn and I continue to wish all concerned the very best as this transition period continues and as you prepare for new days ahead. In the meantime, keep all United Methodist preachers in your prayers who may find themselves and theirs “On The Road Again…” in just a few short weeks.

– Doug Fairbanks

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