Faith Community United Methodist
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Making new disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

UMM History

The United Methodist Men at Faith Community United Methodist in Xenia met for the first time on October 13, 1986. Charles Hahn, United Methodist Men’s South District President, was invited to speak. That night a group of nine men set the last Monday of each month as the regular date. A simple meal format was decided upon with a topic to be presented at each meeting.

At the organizational meeting Harold Aikins was elected President, Ross Bateson – Secretary and Dave Mathias – Treasurer. A constitution and by-laws committee was formed and the Constitution and by-laws, patterned on the National United Methodist Men’s Constitution was adopted at the next meeting.

Instead of a dues structure, the cost of the meal is supplemented by voluntary donations monthly, allowing funds to be accrued to pay an annual stipend to the chartering body in Nashville. In order to avoid having some men feel excluded, membership is open to all Christian men in Xenia; the stipulation is made that the officers must be members of the United Methodist Church. Over the years, the United Methodist Men have supported a Cub pack, “scholarships” to the Faith Community Pre-School, and various needs within the church and community as presented to the body. On April 21, 1990 an annual auction was started to raise funds. Dennis Sandman donated his services and expertise. The auction was a successful fund raiser and netted $1,373.38 and averaged around $1,200.00 per year. In recent years it has been changed to a garage sale format. Items to be sold are largely donated by the membership and others in the church body. Sales have averaged $2,500.00 per year.

In 1987 a summer picnic meeting with spouses and a fall “Father & Son” banquet were a tradition that was started. The “Father & Son” banquet was discontinued in 1996 for lack of attendance. The “Picnic” meeting with spouses continues today. Recent events supported by the United Methodist Men’s group are Promise Keepers events.

The October meeting is the annual election of officers for the following year in order that these results may be presented to the Annual Conference of the Church in November. It has been a custom for the December meeting to include a service of communion as we dedicate ourselves again to the three basic promises of the United Methodist Men:
To seek a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
To engage in daily prayer and Bible study.
To be involved in some Christian service.