Pastor’s Pen – September 16, 2020

Hello Church family,

Happy Wednesday! We just finished our first in-person opportunity for Wednesday prayer time in the East Campus sanctuary. Thank you to all who participated for wearing masks and social distancing. We are excited about additional opportunities in the upcoming weeks! Next Wednesday we will have a time of prayer in the West Campus chapel. Please RSVP by clicking here.

I have some important updates to share with you today. First, as you know, our congregation voted in February to create a task force to consider offers for partnership or sale of our West Campus property. Since that time, after vetting several offers, spending countless hours in meetings, and with a great deal of prayerful consideration, the task force agreed on a recommendation, which they brought to Leadership Council on Monday night.

The only viable offer to emerge is the proposal for full sale of the property to a commercial real estate developer for $4,150,000. No offers were presented that would allow for a partnership providing FUMC the ability to continue activities on the property. After discussion, Leadership Council voted unanimously to approve the recommendation and call a special church conference in October for a congregational vote. (As you know, only the congregation can decide to sell church property—not the task force, pastors, or Leadership Council.)

We know you all will have questions and are planning a series of virtual town hall meetings to share more details. We’ll publish more next week about the dates and times of those meetings.

I know this is not easy news for everyone to hear. We are like many American churches who discovered over the last six months that our future is less about our buildings and more about finding new ways to share the love of Jesus Christ in our community. At the moment, our Strategic Planning Team is also dreaming of new ways to reach and connect with people in West Boca. Please pray for wisdom and discernment for this important work.

Second, Leadership Council also voted a few weeks ago to suspend the Pumpkin Patch for this year due to COVID-19. In the best of times, setting up and manning the Pumpkin Patch is a-hands-on, shoulder-to-shoulder project. This year we just can’t imagine a scenario that would allow for us to protect ourselves or the public. We look forward to resuming this popular activity next year, God willing.

Lastly, Rebecca and I are excited to share that we will be officially adopting Marilyn and Marissa on Tuesday afternoon. We are so happy about them joining our forever family. Thank you for your love, prayers, and support through this journey. This experience has opened my eyes to the needs for foster children in Palm Beach County. A future dream is to partner intentionally with the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home to love and protect the modern-day orphans in our community. You will be hearing more about future dreams in the months to come.

As always, feel free to call or email me. My email address is mzillman@fumcbocaraton.org.

May God continue to give us big dreams for the future. I am excited about finding new ways to share the love to Jesus in tangible ways. I strongly believe our best days are yet to come through Jesus Christ.

In God’s Amazing Grace,

Pastor Marcus