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Pastor's Corner

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

                                                                                    Rev. Keith Dunn

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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,

     Greetings in the name of Jesus! For many years in our country, a person was eligible to collect their full retirement benefits from social security when they turned 65.  That age has been increasing to the point that people born after 1960, like me, will wait until their 67th birthday to collect their full benefit.  In fact, some money experts are recommending waiting for retirement until the age of 70!
     I have been thinking about the traditional age for retirement because our church turned 65 this year.  On Easter Sunday, April 13, 1952 our church was officially organized with the first members received.  The church building was completed and dedicated in June.  This was the first phase with the current sanctuary being added a couple of years later and the fellowship hall and classrooms added in 1970.
      Over the years we have had good times and bad.  We have ministered to members of our community and those who are part of our church family.  We have rejoiced with couples on their wedding day.  God's grace has been experienced through the sacraments of baptism and communion.  We have prayed together and wept together in times of hardship and loss.  Our name changed from Belmont Evangelical United Brethren to Belmont United Methodist Church.  For 65 years, we have been the church of Jesus Christ together in this place.
      Our church is NOT ready to retire!  We continue to do ministry by proclaiming the gospel, nurturing one another in our spiritual lives and serving othersw in Christ's name.  In addition to celebrating our 65th Anniversary on Sunday, November 5th, we will have an emphasis of prayer for 65 days through the end of the year.  We are asking our members to take 7 minutes a day either at 6:55 AM or 6:55 PM to pray for our church and for one another.  There will be a prayer emphasis suggested for each week.
      The prayer intentions for November are:

            Oct. 19 - Nov. 4     Gratitude for our church's founders and renewed vision
                                           for our community.
            Nov. 5 - 11th         Thanking God for the veterans who are part of our
                                           church's family and for those who are currently in
                                           the military service.
            Nov. 12 - 18           Pray for our church as we serve as an Operation
                                           Christmas Child Relay Center and for those who will
                                           receive the shoe boxes.
            Nov.19 - 25            A week of thanksgiving for our church, its ministries
                                           and for one another.
            Nov. 26- Dec. 2     We will be praying for the protection of our hunters
                                          this week and for traveling mercies for those on our
                                          mission trip to the OCC Distribution Center in
                                          Charlotte, NC.

      I encourage you to join me in prayer during this emphasis.  You can add to this list as we pray together for God to continue to keep our church vibrant in ministry.

                                                                                                       Pastor Keith


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