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Chatham First United Methodist Church
April 9, 1875: Samuel McKeown was appointed Pastor at a salary of $900.00.
Reverend Smith was the only regular Pastor
in town during this period.
Brother Lippincott resigned as Pastor
of the church in 1923.The Board assured Dist.Supt.Roberts that the best feelings existed between the Pastor
and the people.
Rev. T. Whiting, Pastor
, presented the Pastor's Report of February 2, 1932.He
reported a membership of 119.Young People's Society 72
.The Young People
formed a choir and orchestra for the Sunday evening services.
...Charles Simpson was appointed as Pastor for 1943 at a salary of $1,600.00 plus parsonage.
...Mr. Smith served over seven years as Pastor, the longest of any minister in church history.
Here follows a personal reminiscence by Pastor
Smith's daughter, Carolyn:
...Dr. Ward was Pastor of the Provincetown Methodist Church in 1899, the last time the Conference was held on Cape Cod.
receives $110, organist $75, sexton $40, and the balance goes to the Church.
The front steps were replaced with new ones of the same design and paid for with memorial money.
The new Methodist Hymnals were bought with Memorial Gifts from the congregation and were dedicated on November 19th.
Once a month two members of the congregation prepare a meal for the Congregate Housing on Crowell Road.Activities were needed for the young people who gather on the church lawn in summer.
...Thom Gallen Pastor
...Pastor Thom highlighted certain features from his written report and submitted a plan for restructuring the Church.He
pointed out that the Church's upcoming 200th Anniversary offered many opportunities for helping the poor and the homeless.Thom's plan for reorganization is included here and was voted on at the December 7th Charge Conference.The plan passed.
PROPOSED PLAN OF REORGANIZATIONFirst United Methodist Church
Background – Our 1996 United Methodist Discipline has given to the local church new freedoms in ordering and administration of its life and work.In accordance with these new guidelines, I am suggesting the following outline for discussion as a way of working in our local congregation in the years ahead.