First UMC Jasper has entered a time of discernment to consider disaffiliation from the United Methodist Church. This decision is ultimately made by the congregation and will be voted on at a called charge conference to be held in late September or early October. As part of the discernment process, there will be three town hall meetings to present information about disaffiliation. The meetings will be held on Thursday, August 11th at 6:00 pm; Sunday, August 14th at 3:00 pm; and Thursday, August 18th at 6:00 pm. All meetings will be held in Frank Ealand Hall and are open to all church members. The meetings will consist of a video presentation, an open forum for questions and discussion, and a discernment survey. Based on the feedback received from these meetings, it will then be decided how best to proceed. I encourage you all to be in prayer for the congregation during this time of discernment.
Jacob Smith, Pastor