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Pastor's Corner

Our Pastor...................

                                                Pastor Jean Smith
                                  Parsonage Phone...............814-266-8224
                                  Pastor's Cell Phone.............724-544-3326
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         Our Mission Statement................

           To Proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ and bring people into a saving
           relationship with him.

           To Nurture the spiritual growth of the congregation and:

           To Serve as Christ would in meeting the spiritual and physical needs
           of our community and world.

                                                                    Pastor's Page
Dear Friends,
   Psalm 27 is one of my favorite psalms and it ends with one of my favorite passages.  The psalmist expresses such confidence for the future.  That assurance does not originate from self-confidence or a Pollyana worldview.  The hope and confidence the psalmist gives such eloquent voice to si not a baseless hope but arises from faith in goodness and faithfulness of God.
    I am writing this two weeks before my move to Johnstown and Belmont United Methodist Church.  As I prepare to say a difficult goodbye to the folks  have grown to love here in Slippery Rock, I am also anticipating the new adventure God has set before me.  President John F. Kennedy said, "Change is the law of life".   And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.  Those of us who trust in the Lord know that our steps are ordered by the Lord.  (Proverbs 3:5-6) and so we can look to the future with confidence and great joy.
    You are experiencing a difficult goodbye.  You are aaying goodbye to a beloved pastor who has served you well for eight years.  I know this is an uneasy time for you.  Someone and something unfamiliar is being inserted into the life of your church.  I know many of you are uneasy about having a woman as your pastor.  Others are uneaqsy that not only am I a woman, but I am an older woman!  I prefer being considered mature rather than old.   Please wait to get to know me before you decide whether I am old or mature.
     In the months ahead as we get acquainted with one another, let's do so with confidence, hope, and joy.  God is at work and always has a good plan and an exciting purpose for us all.  Let's be patient and wait for the Lord.   I am looking forward to getting to know you and working side-by-side with you for the glory of God and the furtherance of the Good News.  I hope you will be patient with me as I learn your names and catch hold of your passion and dreams for the future of the ministry of the Belmont UMC. Until then, may the love of the Father, the grace of the Son, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit abide upon you this day and every day unto all the ages to come.

On the Potter's wheel,
                                                                                                          Pastor Jean


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