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Weather Alert

Weather Alert – When we have a significant snow event during the weekend, the following guideline will be followed as to whether or not church activities are cancelled.
8:30 a.m. Service will be cancelled.
9:40 a.m. Sunday School, 10:30 a.m. Worship Service, Afternoon and Evening Activities will be on.
ALL Church activities will be cancelled.
Announcements will be made on:  Church Website, Facebook, and local TV stations (NBC, ABC, CBS and FOX)


Seven “C” Words


We had a great turn out for the MCCI Express Day and since then have received our prescriptions. It is very encouraging that in each of the three town hall meetings held to review our prescriptions there has been unanimous consensus that we need to accept them. Those in attendance understand that as a church we must do something in order to move into a vibrant and fruitful future. This of course will have to be formalized at our Charge Conference on the 30th of May. So, the winds of CHANGE seem to be stirring. This is truly wonderful! However, it isn’t enough for a church or any organization for that matter to just recognize the need for change. This is only the first step. I would suggest that we need to not only embrace change but consider six additional “C” – words too.

CONVICTION – We uphold Scriptural Truth concerning all matters and particularly recognize that Jesus has established His church for the purpose of continuing what He began, simply to make disciples of all people. (Matthew 28)

COMPASSION – Closely tied to our conviction we must possess great compassion for the lost and suffering as demonstrated by our Lord. People matter to Him. His focus is ever upon the wayward and broken with the hope of reconciliation continually beating in His heart. We must possess that same level of care and concern.

CONNECTION – Jesus emphasized the importance of connection with Him and the church He established. “I am the vine and you are the branches,” He says. “Apart from me, you can do nothing.” Similarly, St. Paul reminds us that we are all a part of Jesus’ Body, each one of us possessing talents, skills, passions, and gifts for the building up of God’s Holy Community and sharing the Good News and all its benefits with those yet to join us.

COMPLACENCY – Certainly, this “C” word is one we must consider but avoid at all costs. When Jesus calls us to Himself, it is not only an invitation to establish a personal relationship with Him but a personal charge to roll up our sleeves, so to speak, and join Him in His work of redeeming the world. What is important to Him becomes equally important to us. We cannot be lazy about this! To become a follower of Jesus, to become one of His disciples, requires that we imitate Him and carry on His ministry until He returns. Thus, His call to us to – “Make the most of your time, for the days are evil.” Yes, there is reward for His faithful servants. Even more we must maintain a sense of urgency to reach as many people as we can while we still have time. In fact, our greatest reward is seeing others come into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ as we ourselves have.

COMMITMENT – If complacency has an antithesis it is commitment, specifically the commitment to act – to do something. It is so easy to say, “I believe!” But we deceive ourselves if we think that that is all that is required of us. One theologian calls this “easy-believe-ism.” Jesus gives us this sober warning, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46, NIV) Subsequently, He affirms that the genuineness of one’s faith is substantiated by or through their actions. If we truly believe something we will act accordingly. This is why Jesus calls us to not just be “hearers of His Word, but doers of it.” In a parallel vein, St. James affirms this very truth when he writes, “Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” (James 2:17, NIV) Sadly, such faith is no faith at all! It is completely meaningless and powerless. So James says, “I will show you my faith by what I do.” (James 2:18)

CONTINUE – I recall someone telling me in my youth that “Nothing worthwhile is ever easy.” Experience has confirmed this many times over for me, likely for you as well. Perseverance, continuing in something to it completion, is a prerequisite for success of any kind. The road that lies before us will not be an easy one to walk. Let’s not be naive or think wishfully! We will experience difficulties and frustrations. We will have sputters and starts. We will encounter doubts and discouragement. We may falter and perhaps experience a failure or two. This does not mean that we are not meant to follow this vision. To the contrary! Imagine if Jesus had given up over the repeated barriers and negativity He ran into. Where would we be? The Bible shares that “He set His face like flint toward Jerusalem.” Nothing and no one would divert Him from achieving what He set out to do. Jesus kept going. Jesus achieved victory! He realized His goal because He just would not give up. Jesus is calling us to have that same kind of determination, to keep pressing onward, to keep going even when things become rough and rocky. After all, this is one of the hallmarks of our love for Him and for others. As St. Paul reminds us, “LOVE – bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (1 Corinthians 13:7) Let us then press on in this love!

In Him, Pastor Paul



Do something great for God at Bellpoint.

God has given us a truly remarkable opportunity to join Him in strengthening and
equipping our congregation for the purpose of impacting our growing community with the
life-changing message of Jesus Christ today and for many years to come.
His invitation is to all of us. Listen for His voice! Can you hear Him calling?
God’s Word assures us that within those He calls he has planted certain passions
(things that interest and excite us) along with gifts and graces, talents and skills, as well
as various life experiences, for the purpose of nurturing and advancing His Kingdom. It’s
astonishing to think that our Heavenly Father longs for us to join Him in this work.
What an honor and responsibility!
As He calls,
1. PRAY: Ask God to show you where He wants you to serve.
2. CONSIDER: Consider the possibilities. The MCCI process has led us to eight
prescriptions. Each prescription requires a team. Every team will receive a professional
coach at the Conference’s expense to help guide them.
They will last only a season until the prescription(s) are up and running. These teams
will not replace any existing Bellpoint committees but will certainly work with and give input to them.
On or before Sunday, July 8th we would like every member, including teens, to sign up for at least one team listed below. (God may be calling you to serve on more, which is perfectly fine.)
There is no limit to the number of people who can serve on a team. As a matter of
fact, the more people who are serving – the better!
• THE FIRST IMPRESSIONS TEAM will declutter and freshen the interior
appearance of all areas in the church building that are frequented by visitor and
newcomers, including the sanctuary (to maximize usable space and comfort).
• THE CURBSIDE APPEAL TEAM will work with the same prescription coach
as the First Impressions Team to make certain that the church facility’s exterior
and grounds are eye-catching, fresh and appealing to potential visitors.
• THE SIGNAGE TEAM will review all interior and exterior church signage to
ensure that it is clear and visible for first-time guest and implement any new,
professionally created signage needed in a cost-effective manner.
administrators and/or leadership of the new BV West Elementary School to ask
“What could a great church near you do to serve and partner with your school?”
participate in the West Ohio Conference’s high-quality “Family Ties” Traction
Track, a 4-5 month intensive training and coaching opportunity starting in fall
2018 which will help equip and position our congregation to reach and
effectively disciple new children, teens, and their families. (Recommendations
will be passed along to the Administrative Council for action.)

• THE DECIDE TEAM will research (or identify a separate sub-team to research)
needs, ideas, and potential plans to enhance and upgrade the current church
facility, septic system, etc. in order to expand overall capacity for worship,
ministry with children and families, outreach activities and other needs. This
team will also consider options for the development of our property just south
of the church at the corner of 257 S. and 42. (All proposals will be presented to
the Administrative Council for consideration by or before June 2019.)