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Pastor's Corner




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


                        
                                                Pastor Jean Smith
                                  Parsonage Phone...............814-266-8224                   Check out one of Pastor Jean's
                                  Pastor's Cell Phone.............724-544-3326                Children's Sermons...  Click Here
                                Church Email:  belmontum@atlanticbb.net

                                                                                

         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,
  
    Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old.  I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?  I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.  (Isaiah 43: 18-19 NRSV)

    Jesus said that no one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.  (Luke 9: 62 NIV)  Since I have arrived here to serve Jesus at Belmont UMC we have suffered the loss of too many of our faithful saints.  The people who have tirelessly served this church and have left a legacy of faithfulness to God as they served God through this church have gone on to their home in heaven.  Still others are aging, and their health is failing, and we may soon be facing a future here at Belmont without their faithful service.
     In has been a tough couple of months and it would be easy to think Belmont's best days are behind us.  But I don't believe God is finished working through this church.  We should absolutely celebrate what those who have come before us have done.  But instead of building upon their legacy, I have heard so many express fear that because these faithful saints are going on to their reward, that the work will grind to a halt.
     If you are one of those folks who love the ministries of Belmont UMC and don't want to see them stop, I want to encourage you to become even more involved or possibly, simply involved in those ministries.  I know everone's live is hectic with work and family obligations, but if everyone does even a little more we can insure that the good work they have begun will continue.
     One of the things that generation is so faithful in is giving.  They send their tithe into the church even when they can no longer attend church.  The generations that have come after them are generally not as committed to giving in that way.  As a result, the church's income goes down and the leaders shake their heads and wonder where the money will come from.  I want to challenge each of you to determine to give a bit more.  If you can't commit to giving 10% (tithe) of your income, perhaps you will be able to give 5% or perhaps just increase your giving a bit more. Everything we do in our service to God is by faith-including our giving.  For some of you this would be a stretch of your faith, including our giving.  For some of you this would be a stretch of your faith.  But no one has ever out-given God.   God always blesses faithfulness.
    Belmont's best days are NOT behind us.  God assures us in Isaiah, "I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?  I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert."  We have so many gifted people in our church and I am looking forward to not just the continuation of the good work that has been ongoing but the new ministries that the new generation will bring to our church. 
     May the grace of the Father, the joy of the Son, and the communion of the Holy Sprit abide upon you this day and every day unto the ages and ages to come.


                                                                      
On the Potter's wheel,
                                                                                               Pastor Jean

                     

                     Pastor Jean Smith                                         Wayne and Pastor Jean Smith
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