First United Methodist Church prepared for role in merger

BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – Both First United and St. Mary’s have pivotal roles to play in forming a new congregation.

The merger has been described as “vital” for each party. First United Methodist Church has found inspiration to take a step forward and embrace a new position through the merger.

“We looked at the scripture from Isiah. Chapter 43, Verse 19 says, ‘I’m about to do a new thing,'” said First United Methodist Church Minister Laura Fygetakes. “So, that’s kind of what we’re looking at. God is calling us to be a new thing. Not the same old, same old, and to really be God’s light in the community as much as we can.”

Both churches have officially closed their doors while honoring their respective histories.