2017 Lay Leader Report: A Year in Review
By Theresa Trase
What a blessed and wonderful 2017 Belden UMC has had! Here are some highlights:
❖ We are blessed by the presence of Pastor David Walker. His guidance and leadership brings forth energy for our desire to be a vital and fruitful congregation. Pastor David’s sermons are packed with sports and social media analogies, videos, and props to relay the message. He also led a couple of short, 4-week evening Bible Studies.
❖ Membership increased from 119 to 129.
• Five youth participated in confirmation classes and were confirmed.
• There were five transfers from other churches, and two long-time attendees were welcomed by confirmation of faith.
• Sadly, we lost three members through death but take comfort that they are enjoying God’s promise of live everlasting.
❖ We are blessed to have a Modern Music Director to energize our music worship with the goal of building a praise band and offering a monthly contemporary worship service as way to attract new, young members.
❖ Belden is financially secure and blessed to have our Clark-Wise Fund as it has financed several projects in conjunction with our giving to the Building Fund.
• The entrance to the church now has an elevator for access to the main floor and to the basement.
• A generator was installed in the event of a power outage.
• A new air conditioner for the sanctuary was installed.
• New carpet arrives soon.
• Natural gas finally became a reality.
Belden United Methodist Church
October Newsletter 2017
❖ Halleluiah! Two young adults are becoming valuable leaders. We are grateful and thank them for their leadership!
• One young adult organized and directed Vacation Bible School, organized Rally Day, and monitors St. Pauly’s.
• Another young adult now leads Council.
❖ A Wednesday night, 10-week fall Connections program for children was held for preschool through sixth grade. Unfortunately, Connections will be discontinued due to lack of participation. On the bright side, a Fall Family Festival for the community is being planned.
❖ Approximately 44 children ranging from preschool through grade 8 were registered to participate in Vacation Bible School, and there were nearly as may staff members to educate and interact with the children. The Endowment Fund financed VBS, leaving only $50 to be financed from general funds.
❖ The ladies of the church remained active in the Susanna Circle and the Straw Hat Ladies. They organized the Mother Daughter Banquet, receptions and fund-raising dinners. They also managed the Belden Post Office for Christmas card distribution.
❖ The Men’s Group continues to support the Trustees in building maintenance and projects. They assist the church through furniture set-up for various actives, serve and help at dinners. They raised funds for the Genesis House though sub sandwich sales. The men are a great help in building the VBS set each year.
❖ While we struggle to attract new people, particularly young families and young adults, we are blessed with two adult Sunday School classes and a one-room Sunday School for children. The teachers are wonderful and dedicated.
❖ Outreach to create disciples for the transformation of the world is very important to us. We bring a worship service to residents of Keystone Point with our 5th Sunday Ministry. Monthly treats are provided to the Grafton Township firefighters and volunteers. The church choir and pastor provide music and prayer during the township Memorial Day observance along with church members providing treats to participants and residents after the parade.
❖ The area “Circuit Rider” visited us for an outdoor service at the nearby campground.
❖ Six church members attended the Firelands District Spring Conference and attended leadership workshops.
❖ Vision Planning has begun to help us define our needs for 2018 and ways to active these needs.
In 2018, we will continue to look for new ways to be a presence in the community and to attract young families while spreading our love and the word of Christ.