Pastor's Page

Dear Bellamy Church Family and Friends,
     Thank you for your faithful support and your patience during these past three months. Your generosity has allowed us to continue our ministries and meet our financial obligations. THANK YOU for all the ways that you love and support!
      We are all aware that our governor is moving the state into Phase Three on July 1st. While this a positive and hopeful sign, it does not automatically mean a reopening for our church. Our Bishop, Sharma Lewis, has always sought to ensure the safety of all who come and worship at a Virginia Conference Church. To that end, our Bishop has provided guidelines for reopening, and according to the guidelines we have always seen ourselves as a Phase 3 church. A Phase 3 church according to our Bishop who sets policy for United Methodists in Virginia.
      As such, Phase 3 for the state means we are moving closer to reopening, but unfortunately we do not have a fixed date for when we will gather again in person. Rest assured, as soon as there is clarity and confidence of when and how we can gather again, we will let the church know in a variety of ways. In the mean time, we have a dedicated team working on the details as to how we can worship safely again. Our Church Council is meeting regularly to consider all steps needed to ensure the safety of all.
      I sincerely hope we can announce a return date soon. In the meantime we will continue to offer worship online, and continue to serve our community. We are VERY BUSY making preparations for a return, I ask for your prayers.
      Thank you for your patience, understanding, and grace during this trying time. Thank you for serving faithfully. Even apart Bellamy is making a difference. As always, please ask if you have any questions.
God Bless and Good Health,
Pastor Ken

The Mid week Top Off

A New Feature every Wednesday....The Mid week Top Off

When the Storm Subsides

“He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm,
    and he guided them to their desired haven. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
    and his wonderful deeds for mankind.” Psalm 107:29-31

               I took this picture Tuesday night. Tropical Storm Isaias has moved away. He left his mark, but he is gone now. For most of us Tuesday began early, sometime after 4 a.m. when the warnings on our devices erupted that a tornado was coming. We gathered our senses, protected loved ones, and waited. Power went out making information harder to get. Time passed, we waited, winds swirling, rain pelting, trees straining, the violence of nature outside, and still we waited. Inside our homes while we were waiting, we prayed. Did God understand our fear? Does God know what’s going on?

               The warning finally passed. We wondered about friends, we prayed. The storm was just getting started. Then came more wind, more rain, but thankfully no more warnings of destruction coming. And then…suddenly daybreak. And then the storm subsided.

               The Psalmist knew what trials we face. The verses above speak to what it’s like to be in a tempest at sea. The helplessness and the prayers, and the deliverance from a God who does indeed know what we are going through, how afraid we can get, and the grace of arriving in port safe. Yes, God knows, and God has equipped God’s people to spring into action in concern and service to others. In Gum Point, Aberdeen Creek, Cappahosic, Clay Bank, and other affected areas where the storm tore and destroyed, the people of God were present the minute the storm subsided.

               Tuesday night there was a clear calm blue sky and a sparkling sunset. And God is present. God is visible in caring and loving people helping and comforting. Showing that even in a pandemic, God’s love is strong;  stronger than a virus, stronger than a storm, bright as the sun. We have faced challenge after challenge together. Together let us give thanks to God that the storm has subsided, and that love and peace is evident on a calm night. And that God is with us, and will continue to guide us through the storms we face.

Gracious God, thank you for seeing us through the storms we face. So often our environment is as uncertain as the pitching deck of a ship in a storm. But you Lord, hear our prayers. You Lord, never leave us. You Lord, guide us to a harbor of peace and grace. Thank you Lord for loving us! Amen!