Built in the late 1920’s, Normandy Farms was a dream of Richard H. Grant, Sr., who purchased the land where we now fellowship, study, and worship God to build his mansion. Towards the end of his life, Grant envisioned his mansion and part of his grounds becoming a place of worship. The Evangelical United Brethren Church picked up his vision. In 1955, Normandy became a Church, growing rapidly from a mission station to a self supporting congregation in a matter of months.
That vision is still alive today as we seek to expand our vision from God, improving and maintaining our building, meeting growing missional needs, supporting education and scholarships, and expanding endowment funding to serve all God’s people. We are housed in beautiful facilities, meeting God through study, worship, fellowship, and fun. We have an active Boy Scout Program, various community self-help groups meeting weekly, and ongoing outreach programs to spread the word of God and take care of those in need.
Strengths of Normandy include the magnificent structure of the Grant Mansion, outreach programs and
Christian Education. All have a cost that exceed what could be built into our Annual Church Budget. That is why we are conducting this three-year campaign called Normandy Church Campaign. We can make this a special, three year effort by giving in three areas: (1) funding large maintenance and improvement projects selected and directed by Church Trustees; (2) reaching beyond ourselves into useful mission areas; and (3) contributing to the original church endowment as well as four new directed endowment funds.
1. Our Trustees selected 5 priority projects. First, finishing repairs to the Grant Mansion slate roof. We want to complete this project this year and prevent further roof deterioration. Second, a HVAC overhaul with new boilers, air conditioning of the Grant Mansion, and an updated HVAC Control System. Third, update technology for computers, telephone system, and Wi-Fi as well as enhance exiting audio, visual and lighting systems. Fourth, repair and maintenance of portions of the exterior walls, drainage, window replacement, and other long-term maintenance work. Fifth, total renovation of parking lots for safety and beautification.
2. The second component of our Normandy Church Campaign is missional. Mission ministry is at the heart of Normandy United Methodist Church. We are heeding God’s call to do for others.
Dayton St. Paul’s Church has been a long-time commitment of Normandy. We serve meals, provide tutoring and other services regularly, and seeing to congregational needs of this Dayton inner-city United Methodist Church.
The Wings of the Morning Airplane ministry of the United Methodist Church in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is over 40 years old. Five years ago, Normandy spearheaded an effort to purchase a larger, more economical plane. It was dedicated two years ago and is now an integral part of the mission efforts. We need to continue to support this vital ministry for transporting the sick, missionaries, and other church officials throughout the Congo.
The third support area is a new Conference initiative to encourage recruitment and training of young persons for clergy positions within our Conference. These persons need our funding, encouragement and support to be pastors and workers among us.
3. The last area for our support expands the vision and purpose of our Church Endowment Committee. The endowment funds were previously focused only on supporting building repairs and improvements. The committee recently added these four new areas for endowment contributions: Children and Youth Ministries; Mission Projects; Normandy Student Scholarships; and support for expanded Worship and Praise activities.
All these exciting possibilities can happen through the Normandy Church Campaign.
We firmly believe this vision is God’s vision for Normandy, supporting growth, missions, education and
improvements. We depend upon each member and friend to keep Normandy United Methodist Church strong and viable for coming generations. What might God call you to do to make the goals of the Normandy Church Campaign a reality? Pray and move toward “Giving Your Best to the Master.”