The results of the ballot questions related to becoming a Reconciling Congregation are as follows:
Question 1: As a member of the First UMC of Moorestown, I support becoming a Reconciling Congregation.
279 YES votes, 22 NO votes – 93% of votes cast were YES
Question 2: As a member of the First UMC of Moorestown, I support the adoption of the following Reconciling Mission Statement.
269 YES votes, 30 NO votes – 90% of votes cast were YES
The Reconciling Team and the pastors agreed that a two-thirds vote of yes would support the move forward as a Reconciling Congregation. That criteria has been met. Many thanks for participating in this process. Regardless of how you voted on this issue, we are one church family with one Savior. We share many ministries together and fellowship together and this issue should not negatively impact those things. We encourage you to prayerfully consider how you can increase your participation in all of the ministries of First UMC and move forward to make it an even better place for all to feel welcome and realize the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
Reconciling Mission Statement – FUMC of Moorestown seeks to live the motto of the United Methodist Church: “Open Hearts, Open Minds, and Open Doors.” Following the example of Jesus, FUMC of Moorestown believes that living this motto means dedicating ourselves to social justice and service. We affirm the scriptural message that all people are created in the image of God, and as beloved children of God, all are worthy of God’s love and grace. We celebrate our human family’s differences, including diversity of race, ethnicity, age, religious background, life experience, economic status, marital status, family configuration, physical and developmental ability, education, sexual orientation and gender identity. As Jesus welcomes each of us, we welcome the full inclusion of all people in the life and ministries of FUMC to worship, love, serve and grow.
(The Reconciling Mission Statement does not replace the First United Methodist Church mission statement.)