District Superintendent Letter

Rev. Kiboko I. Kiboko is serving as the new District Superintendent for the East Central District of the United Methodist Church. Here is a letter of introduction written by him:

To the East Central District…

I would like to take this time to introduce myself and my family to all clergy and laity. I am married to Betty Kiboko. We have four daughters. Of all our daughters we only brought Grace, who is 13 years old, to Marion. Our oldest daughter works for Cerner in Kansas City. The one who follows her is a nurse working in Des Moines, IA. Our third daughter works for State Farm Insurance in Dallas, TX.

My office is the extension of the bishop’s office. My role would be to invite you into a special connection with God and with people. The United Methodist Church is a connectional church, a church that calls all the believers to connect to each other in a meaningful way. I found myself being called by God to invite each church to find ways to work with other churches to make disciples of Jesus Christ.

The role of the church is to help the people in their communities to experience God’s love and compassion, and to help put together their resources in order to make disciples. My goal is to encourage you to embody the presence of God where you are.

My ministry with you during our time together will revolve around four verbs: CONNECT, SHARE, CARE, and PRAY. First of all, you are called to stay connected to God and to the people of God. You should also share the good news of God’s compassion for humanity. You should care for your community because you are the embodiment of God’s love. Finally, you should pray with each other and for each other. As Jesus Christ asked the disciples 2,000 years ago to go, he’s still sending us to go. So, let us go.

I would like to leave you with this verse from Paul: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8

Rev. Kiboko I. Kiboko

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For one day only, on December 1, 2015 as part of UMC #Giving Tuesday, gifts made towards the plight of trafficked women and children under “the project of assistance to trafficked women & children #advance project N° #3021031 will be matched dollar for dollar. As always, when you give to us through The Advance, 100 percent of your gift directly supports our ministry; overhead costs are covered through other channels.

Your combined gifts last year greatly impacted our work, through those generous donations of yours, smiles return to the faces of victims of human trafficking – we were able to provide accommodations, food as well as clothing while also supporting new graduates of our internship training programs with materials for them to start earning a living for themselves as a dignified daughter of God.

Thank you so much for your faithful support. This year we are inviting you again to doubling your impact by making a generous gift on December 1st please visit here for donationshttp://www.umcmission.org/Give-to-Mission/Search-for-Projects/Projects/3021031

You may go online to give or mark the memo line on your offering check.  Make a significant impact on a life.

Vote for Preliminary Plans

Here is information about the special Church Conference that will take place on Tuesday night, April 7 at 7:00 pm at the church.  You are being asked to consider the preliminary drawings for the renovation and expansion of the church facilities.

While everyone is invited, you must be a church member to vote.  All full members of the church can vote, as can any clergy who are appointed there or whose charge conference is located at FUMC.  Our Book of Discipline states that only those who are present can vote.  Some have asked of the possibilities of voting by absentee ballot or by proxy.  This is not permitted.

Rob Wagner, the chairperson of the Ministry Council, will present the following motion for consideration:

“I move that First United Methodist Church approve the expansion and renovation of the building as generally defined in the preliminary plan, with Southgate Development Company serving as the general contractor.”

This vote is for the preliminary plans that have been before you for two months.  **There will be an additional vote at a later time with complete architectural plans and final numbers.  This is a critical vote that needs the approval of the body.  We cannot move forward without it.  We mailed out plans in late January to each household.  If you would like to review them: Plans (page1, page 2, page 3, page 4) or see a copy of the plans in the entryway of the church.  Many of you attended meetings where you have offered feedback.

We will take time to discuss financials from the Capital Appeal.



Church Conference

Church Conference on Tuesday, April 7 at 7:00 pm at the church.  Plan to attend and vote on the expansion.  Everyone is invited to attend, however voting privileges are extended to those who have formally joined the church.  There will be an opportunity for discussion.  Absentee ballots and proxy votes are not allowed by the United Methodist Book of Discipline.  Rev. David Crow will be presiding over the meeting.  Contact Pastor Williams at 626-2762 or pastor@southslope.net if you have any questions.