Pastor's Note

Pastor's Note
Reverend, Dr. Michael Coppock, Senior Pastor

Possible Disaffiliation from the UMC

As most of you are aware, Bailey and Pleasant Grove along with thousands of congregations across the United Methodist Church are in the process of assessing whether to disaffiliate
from the UMC to either become independent, join the Global Methodist Church, or another Wesleyan denomination. This has been a long and painful process for many. It certainly has
been for me. Personally, it was the United Methodist Church where I found my call into ministry and the place where I could serve effectively as the Lord led me. Many of you who are reading this have been shaped and formed by the United Methodist Church or a past version of it for all of your lives. You have served in district and conference offices. You have given yourselves to UMW or UMYF. You have been to conference events like Mother/Child Retreat, Pilgrimage, or annual conference. You have built relationships with people from all across our annual conference. You have personally invested your time and energy into the United Methodist expression of the body of Christ. To speak of leaving the denomination that you have done so much for and given yourself for is not an easy thing to do. However, we have come to a time when we must look at all the facts and pray deeply about what God would have us to do.

Over the next few weeks, we are going to have a series of meetings that will go into the reasons why we are in our current situation. We will hear from others who are working through
this process as well. Each of these meetings will be the same so there is no need to attend all of them. We want to give as many opportunities as possible for us to be able to get all of the information out to the congregation before we vote on our next steps. These meetings will be held July 17th at 2:00 PM, July 20th at 10:00 AM, and July 31st at 2:00 PM. It is our hope that you will attend one of these meetings with an open heart and mind as everything is put before you. Our goal is for everyone to be as informed as possible and not to enter into this decision lightly. After a time of presentation, the floor will be open for questions that you may have.

I have outlined in previous newsletter articles what the issues are. You can go back and read those at your convenience especially last month's front page. I am not going to exhaust you
with more. I want to reiterate how important it is for you to be a part of one of these meetings.

Pastor Michael