Summer is Passing Quickly

B. Mike Alexander, Jr.

Sixty-six youth and adult volunteers from all over South Carolina came to Belin Memorial last week as we hosted our fifth annual Creekfront Salkehatchie Camp. I appreciate deeply all the adult volunteers, Sunday school classes, and Belin staff, as well as the entire Belin Memorial UMC, for supporting this mission. Five homes were repaired. More importantly, lives were changed. I spoke this week with an adult volunteer who said, “This week was nothing but love, love, and love.” How thankful I am to be part of a church that constantly seeks to reach out to those in need and share the love of Christ.

This Sunday I’m going to be in The Harbor. Because it has been some time since I’ve preached in The Harbor, I’m excited about seeing you and hearing the Praise Band. My text is Luke 18:1-8a, and I’ll be dealing with a woman who was most persistent. I’m hoping that will have something to say to those who may losing heart. A moving moment may come at the end of the service. Just look and listen! Walter Cantwell is going to be in The Sanctuary. His sermon text is Luke 7:36-50, and he will be dealing with an uninvited guest who came to Jesus. I do know that the Chancel Choir is singing one of my favorites, We Are Your Church, O Christ.  What Walter and I desire is for you to find your place on our campus where you can connect.

Please mark your calendar for our Gathering on Monday, August 6, 6 PM. You’ll have an opportunity to learn more about ZOE, a life transforming program that takes children from extreme poverty and moves them to self-sustainability in just three years. Our church has entered into a covenant with ZOE so you’ll be hearing more and more stories about children impacted. Don’t miss this opportunity to find out how you can get involved. Remember to make reservations online or contact Brandy Streett.

I’m so excited about this fall at Belin Memorial United Methodist. Staff has been working hard, planning worship and programming that just may help you to grow in your faith. We are going to do everything we can to communicate to you what is happening around here.

The summer is passing quickly, and some of you have been away from church. I just want to remind you that I support your time away with family and friends, but I want to warn you that it is so easy to get out of the routine of weekly worship. So you may want to be intentional about going to church while you are on vacation. That is something I respect with all the guests who come to Belin Memorial each week. Just think: God may have a word to share with you during the summer break. And don’t forget to read your Bible.