Dear Bellamy Family and Friends,
Because we care about your safety, the leadership of your church met this morning and we have discerned that we will cease all church activities as of today March 13th for an initial period of fourteen days.
We will not have worship services on March 15th or 22nd.
All scheduled activities within the church community (Youth, Kids Praise, XYZ, Real Life Families, Choirs, etc.) and outside groups such as (Cubs Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Community Bible Studies) are also suspended. There will be no exceptions to this policy.
During this period we will deep clean our entire facility. If you have any questions please contact the church office via voicemail or contact the pastor. We do not take this decision lightly, nor was this decision made out of panic.The decision made by the group of leadership was made out of love. I do ask that you remember that while we are physically closed, we will be in communication with our community and continue the ministry work as appropriate. Please consider and pray about maintaining your financial commitments to our church during this challenging time.
We pray we will be sustained through this season by God's good grace.
Pastor Ken Waclo
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people” Matthew 4:19
We are beginning this New Year with a singular focus for the ministries at our church: To Make Disciples. In this verse of Scripture from Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus calls his first disciples, and he relates to them where they were, as fishermen, to where they are going as fishers of people. Their work was to gather people to Jesus just as they used to gather fish to the boat. Jesus ends this Gospel by reminding the disciples of the new job title, “Go and make disciples of all nations.” The message has been with the church for thousands of years.
So the mission has always been there, but how to make disciples has always been in constant change. I have been a pastor since 1994 and have seen an endless stream of programs and methodologies to make disciples, and the Christian Church remains in a state of decline in America. Then last July I attended a workshop where the speaker asked us clergy about making disciples. He even listed off programs that would change the church. Then he asked us to open our hymnals. Right there in the service of Baptism and Reception of New Members was a simple pledge: “As a member of this congregation will you faithfully participate in its ministries by your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service, and your witness?”
He said the answer has always been in front of us, just as the Great Commission has always been in front of us. What would the church look like, he asked, if every member took these vows to heart? What if every member engaged in Spiritual Disciplines of prayer every day? What if every member attended worship every Sunday? What if every member tithed? What if every member engaged in the work of the church beyond the walls? What if every member was a witness to Jesus? He concluded by urging us to reclaim what it means to be a member of the church.
I think, and Church Council agreed, that now is the time. Our Vision and Goals for the future have been written around these areas of commitment and I believe we, as a church, need to focus on these goals, these areas, and our personal walk with Christ in this new year. As much as the answers have been in front of us, the distractions of our culture continue to drive more people away from the church. Let us serve as a witness to a better way. Let us offer Christ. Let’s go fishing.
May God Bless our work in this New Year