Fairfield First United Methodist Church
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First United Methodist Church     Sunday Social Time:  8:30-9 a.m.
First & Delaware Streets              Sunday School:  9 a.m.
Fairfield, Illinois 62837                Morning Worship:  10 a.m.


Dear Members and Friends,

        Throughout the 200 year life of Fairfield First there have been times of physical remodeling, rehab and new buildings. There is always a need for us to also do this spiritually! On the first two Sundays of February, as part of our 10x10 Journey, we will focus on being inviting and welcoming like Jesus in order to help others with their personal rehabs. Then we will start our Lenten Series on Ash Wednesday called Rehab that will focus on our Christian walk together. In order for the church to remain vital and effective in ministry we always are in need of renewal and revival. We have done some physical remodeling this past year but it is time to do rehab on our spiritual lives as well. 
        And it is time to get started! We will be offering opportunites for personal and congregational spiritual rehabs this Spring in worship and in study. Join us for the Wednesday night Lenten Study on The Creed at 7:00 pm. This is an audio-visual study narrated by Rev. Adam Hamilton on our core Christian beliefs found in the Apostle's Creed. February 26 through May 21 on Monday nights, we will be starting a Biblical church assessment process looking at our ministries and life in the community. Church leaders will be sharing more on this spiritual church assessment in February. Please be in prayer for the church and all persons connected to it as we continually seek ways to choose faithful paths for the days ahead in our ministry. This year we are remembering the past and focusing on the future! 
Pastor Donna

FEBRUARY 4          MATTHEW 22:1-14          THE INVITATION
FEBRUARY 18        MARK 1:9-15                  REHAB:LIVING IN THE WILDERNESS
FEBRUARY 25        MARK 8:31-38                 REHAB: EXODUS TO THE FUTURE


Rev. Donna Blythe, who served four years at Sunfield United Methodist Church in DuQuoin, began her appointment in Fairfield on July 1, 2014. 

She grew up in the St. Louis Metro East area in Bethalto, IL, and has been in ministry for 19 years.  Rev. Blythe has also served the Bethel and Kane charge near Jerseyville, IL, Benld UMC, and as an Associate Pastor at Belleville St. Matthew and Riverside UMC in Moline.

Prior to entering ministry, Rev. Blythe was employed as a medical social worker in the Alton area for 20 years with experience in a general hospital setting and the areas of hospice, home health, extended care and psychiatric care.  Rev. Blythe earned her Bachelor's Degree from McKendree College in 1976 and a Master of Divinity Degree from Eden Theological Seminary in 2005.

She has been a co-owner in several small businesses; a weekly newspaper, an advertising agency, a restaurant and guest house on the Mississippi River in Grafton, IL, and renovated rental properties.

Rev. Blythe's ministry is focused on a passionate love of Christ that is lived out through Biblically inspired preaching, grounded by intentional prayer ministries, Bible study and devoted pastoral care.  She always seeks to develop intergenerational ministries that touch the lives of those in the church and result in lay driven missions in the community and world.  Rev. Blythe has experience in developing faith based support groups and ministries in the areas of addiction recovery, domestic violence, and grief support.  She has a passion for ministries with children, youth and families.

As part of her ministry in the community, Rev. Blythe has served in ministerial alliances, local Chambers of Commerce and economic development groups, a library board, domestic violence center board, food pantries and clothing ministries.

She currently is serving on the Conference Board of Pensions and Health Care and the Wesley Foundation at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Her favorite scripture is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."  This never fails to remind her to be grateful to God for His presence and love in all circumstances of life.

Rev. Blythe and husband, Tom, have four children and six grandchildren.  Rev. Blythe's son, Joe Snyder and his two daughters, Destiny (age 14) and Brooklyn (age 10) live with the Blythe's.  Son, John Blythe, lives in Mt. Vernon, daughter, Laura (Blythe) Land and her family live in Litchfield and daughter Sarah (Snyder) Woods and family live in Port Orange, FL.

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