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Pastor's Corner




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


                        
                                                Pastor Jean Smith
                                  Parsonage Phone...............814-266-8224
                                  Pastor's Cell Phone.............724-544-3326
                                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,
  
  The point is this:  whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.   Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. (2 corinthians 9; 6-8)
   
    I want to take a moment to talk about stewardship.  I know!  Here I am just new to this church and I'm already talking about giving!  Each Sunday when I hand the collection plates to the ushers, I try to convey the message that our giving is an act of worship.  It is a celebration of God's grace and generosity to us.  As the Scripture reminds us, god loves a cheerful giver.
    But stewardship and giving is so much more than giving our money (although that is a vital aspect of our stewardship). Jesus told stories about stewards in the Bible.  Stewards manage their master's property. The property doesn't belong to the steward, but the steward is responsible for the conscientious management of the property and how it is managed is accountable to the master.
    When we consider that everything we have has been entrusted to us by our Master:  out money, our time, our abilities, our resources, we must also consider how we can best use what has been entrusted to us for the Master's glory.
    As we enter the busy seasons of fall and winter, with all the holidays and activities that go along with these times, I would urge you to take a moment to thank God for time.  Time is a gift from God and how we choose to spend our time is a matter of stewardship.  God has given each one of us certain gifts and abilities and how we use those gifts is also a matter of stewardship.
    I the weeks and months ahead, I will be sharing with you many opportunities to use your time and gifts for the glory of God and the furtherance of the Kingdom.  I hope you will prayerfully consider volunteering for some of these opportunities for service.
    Jesus told a parable about three servants who were entrusted with a certain portion of their master's property.  Two of them used what had been given to them to increase their master's goods.   And their master was so pleased he commended them with the wonderful words we all hope to hear,  "Well Done Good and Faithful Servant"!   But the other servant waste his opportunity to serve his master with the resources given to him.
     Let's not waste the many opportunities presented to us to serve our Master and Savior.  Let's look for new ways to serve God through the church and to the community.  After all, our love for God is expressed best in how we love people.
    Now may the grace of the Father and the love of the Son and the communion of the Holy Spirit abide with you this day and every day unto the ages and ages to come!

                                                                      
On the Potter's wheel,
                                                                                               Pastor Jean

                     

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