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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!  It is the season of the year when we think a lot about time.  Retailers spend millions of dollars reminding us how many days there are until Christmas.  We turn the last page of our monthly calendars and wonder how 2017 passed so quickly.  In the church, we mark the four Sundays leading up to Christmas with the lighting of the Advent season.
     This season of making and thinking about time is really one of anticipating change.  Advent helps us to prepare for the coming of Christ and the transformation He brings into the world.  The end of the year brings hope for the coming year.
     Change and transition are part of the season and of life.  This is especially true in terms of this Conference year (the period from July 1st to June 30th) at Belmont United Methodist Church.  We have witnessed it in our music ministry.  Our choir Director, Larry "LJ" Putorek, Jr. resigned effective July 31st and our organist Sherry Shurin stepped into that gap by becoming interim Organist/Choir Director.  Sherry will be retiring at the end of December.  I hope you will take the opportunity to wish her well during our fellowship luncheon on December 17th following the 10:45 service.  On January 7th, we will welcome Matt Beckman into our chancel as our Organist/Choir Director.  We rejoice in the blessings Sherry and L.J. have brought to the worship life of our church and to our congregation.  We anticipate being blessed through the gifts God will bring to us in Matt.
     Many of you are also aware that there is another change on the horizon.  I am anticipating a change in appointment effective July 1, 2018.  by that time, I will have served as your pastor for eight years and feel that we are in a good position for what God has in store for us.  According to the U. M. Book of Discipline, the maximun term for a superintendent is eight years.  Pastor Alyce is currently serving in her final year as the Johnstown District Superintendent.  These factors combine to bring us to the point of moving on to the next part of ministry in store for us.
     Through all of life's changes, there is one constant.  God is with us!  Jesus came into the world as the Emmanuel, God with us.  He sent his disciples out into the world with the promise of his eternal promise.   We move forward with the great hope that God will never leave or forsake us.
      One of the best ways we can connect with the presence of God, is by prayer.  I encourage all of us to remain in prayer for the ministry of our church.  We thank God for blessing us through the ministry of music in our church.  We thank Him for the gifts given through LJ. and Sherry.  We pray for Matt as he comes to lead this part of our ministry.  We pray for bishop Cynthis Moore Koi-Koi and her Cabinet as she appoints a new superintendent to the Johnstown District, a new pastor to Belmont church and a new appointments for Pastor Alyce and for me.  I am confident that God will do new and exciting things in our lives.

                                                                                                       Pastor Keith


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