First on WSFA 12 News: Frazer U.M.C announces staff reductions

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Montgomery's largest church is feeling the effects of the sagging economy and says it must act to reduce expenses.

Frazer United Methodist Church leaders announced late Monday afternoon that 10 of its 162 paid employees were let go and many others will have to work with reduced hours.

The church's governing Board of Stewards voted Sunday to approve a revised budget of $9 million for the year. They are also seeking additional pledges from church members.

Church leaders tell WSFA 12 News that approximately 20% of Frazer's budget goes to assist programs outside the church and an effort to increase pledges is needed, "in order to minimize the impact of cuts on such missionary efforts and charities."

Frazer is a deep-rooted church in the Montgomery community, tracing its roots back to 1889 and a local preacher who organized a Sunday school in a storeroom on Holt Street.

Today, church members worship in a large complex of buildings on Atlanta Highway.