Belin Memorial United Methodist Church
Inlet View E-News: February 7, 2019

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The Inlet View E-News brings you announcements, news, and updates from Belin Memorial United Methodist Church. Visit us 
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The Pastor's Notes
from the desk of Mike Alexander

To tell you the truth, I'm not comfortable with talking about pledging, nor am I comfortable with trying to raise money for a building project. It's all so overwhelming to me.
I know what some people think. I've been told by others what some folks have said. Quite frankly, it is not something I like to do.
However, the Bible says a lot about giving. Look at Genesis 14:18-20, which dates back long before the Jewish law dealing with giving. It's an obscure fact, yet it sets the pattern for all giving in the Bible.
Abram had just rescued his nephew, Lot, from the bloodthirsty King Chedorlaomer. Returning from his victory, Abram was greeted and blessed by King Melchizedek, who was "a priest of the God of the Highest Heaven."
Abram was so overwhelmed at Melchizedek's blessing that he immediately gave the king a tenth of his spoils, thus becoming the first example of tithing in God's Word. The point you should note in this story is that God expressed His love for Abram through the generosity of Melchizedek.
In the same manner, God expresses His generous spirit to you today in countless ways, including a standard of living that provides you most everything you desire. Think about how blessed you are. You have so much more than many in the world have.
And so, in love and gratitude, you return a portion of all God enables you to earn. You return it to Him through your church for His work today and the future. You return it to Him for TRANSFORMATION at Belin Memorial that will forever change us.
I am grateful to those of you who have practiced sacrificial giving for years. Financially speaking, Belin Memorial is the healthiest church I have ever served. I am overwhelmed at how generous many of you are. You get it! You know that you have been blessed in order to be a blessing to others.
For those of you who are new at Belin Memorial, may I encourage you to step out in faith and make a two-year commitment to our TRANSFORM PROJECT. Let the Holy Spirit guide your decision as you strive to reach the level of sacrificial giving.
The Book of Acts records the words of Jesus, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." In my life, I have seen it again and again. The happiest people are the givers. I don't back down from that statement at all.
Yes, I have discovered that some things are always true: the compass points north, the apple falls to the earth, the sun always rises, the giver receives, and the getter, sooner or later, pays. This is just the way God has made things. It really is more blessed to give than receive.
Join Betsy and me this Sunday, February 10, as we offer to God our hopes, prayers, and pledges for Belin's Vision for the Future! By the way, check out our Transform Video (click HERE) for clarification on filling out the commitment card.

A Called Charge Conference
All Church Council members are urged to attend a brief called Charge Conference on Sunday, February 17, 3:30 PM, in The Sanctuary. The purpose of this meeting is to address the addition of a second associate minister to be appointed to Belin Memorial this June.

New Study for Women
the Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi
Wednesdays, beginning March 6

This nine-week study for women begins on Wednesday, March 6, at 9:30 AM in the Family Life Center. Please contact Jane Sparks to register, or 843.357.5185.

Our group will "walk" through Israel to learn bout the historic sites of the land using scripture and the book "the ROCK, the ROAD, and the RABBI" to help us understand its significance to our Christian faith. We will study the entire book and use the accompanying video to enhance our journey.

Please be sure to purchase your book prior to the first class and come prepared to discuss pages ix - 28. Several book copies are available to purchase by contacting Jane Sparks (first come, first serve) or you can purchase one on your own at any major book seller (you do not need to purchase the study guide).

Because You Have Asked
Join Mike and Betsy Alexander on their upcoming journeys.

Greece: The Footsteps of Paul
     September 30 - October 9, 2019

Israel: The Footsteps of Jesus
     January 20-30, 2020

For more information, contact Becky Porter, administrative assistant, 843.357.5176.

Bar-B-Q Fundraiser for Winshape Camps
Winshape Camps
A Mission of Belin Memorial United Methodist Church

Please help support our local Winshape Camp scholarship fundraiser by enjoying some Hog Heaven BBQ!

Wednesday, February 27
11 AM - 1 PM
4:30 PM - 6 PM

Location: Low Country Community Church (LC3)
  - 4430 Murrells Inlet Road, Murrells Inlet, SC

Click HERE for BBQ flyer.

Intermediate Bridge
Tuesdays, 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Family Life Center

Are you interested in playing contract bridge for fun and fellowship? No partner needed. Just come and enjoy!

Every 11 Minutes
What Can You Make Possible?
Register Today!

The need for more organ and tissue donors continues to grow. Every 11 minutes someone is added to the national organ transplant waiting list, and an average of 20 people die each day because organs are not available. Anyone can be a potential donor regardless of medical history, age, or race.

Get more facts at Be a life donor!

Sweet Grass Basket Classes
Two New Four-Week Classes Offered in March

Learn how to make our local, treasured sweet grass baskets . . .
  - Tuesdays, 9 AM - 12 PM, begins March 5
  - Wednesdays, 5 PM - 8 PM, begins March 6

Class size is limited, so sign up soon by contacting class instructor, Gail Moona at 843.254.4268. Checks should be made payable to Gail Moona and may be dropped off in the Family Life Center drop safe.

Worship With Us

February 10, 2019

Traditional Worship
8:45 AM, 11 AM
"God's Generosity "
Mark 6:37-44
Mike Alexander

Modern Worship
8:45 AM, 11 AM
" A Reason to Celebrate"
Mark 6:37-44
Walter Cantwell

Honorariums and Memorials
Click HERE for the monthly Honorariums and Memorials from Belin Memorial.  Memorial or Honorarium gifts are a meaningful way to remember or honor a loved one while helping the mission and ministries of Belin Memorial continue to impact the world.

Gifts may be given . . . 
  •  in loving memory of a family member or friend 
  •  in honor of a special person (or group) that has touched your life in a significant way
  •  in recognition of an event or occasion that has special meaning in your life or the life of the church
Memorials and Honorariums can be made online or mailed to the church office: Belin UMC, PO Box 528, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576. Please indicate in whose memory or honor you are sending your gift so that it can be listed correctly in the Inlet View E-News. Your donations are tax deductible.
Congregational News

Ladies, join us . . . Frances Wilson Circle meets on Monday, February 11, at 10 AM in the Family Life Center. Our special guest speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Mike Alexander. Don't forget donations for the clothing drive for the Family Justice Center. Please join us - all are invited!

Stop by the Family Life Center gym for Rollie Hanna Breakfast on Wednesday, February 13, at 8:30 AM. Our devotion will be given by Gary Nuss. Enjoy good food and wonderful, warm fellowship.

Our Youth Ministry will lead a Healing Service for Declan Maloney on Sunday, February 17, at 7 PM in The Sanctuary. We invite Belin members, prayer warriors, and community to participate. You will have an opportunity to sign up for the February 21 Prayer Vigil for Declan at the healing service as well.

Support our Girl Scouts! Girls Scout Cookies will be for sale after all worship services on Sunday, February 24, in the Family Life Center. Grab an extra box for your freezer!
Youth News

If your child will be 14 years old and up by this June, please encourage them to attend Rivertown Salkehatchie or Summerville Salkehatchie.  Salkehatchie is a week long summer mission trip for high school and college students. To learn more, please go to Registration is now open and will fill up fast, so please do not delay. Adults are needed as well to make this mission trip possible. Please contact Austin Bond if you have questions.  

For information regarding upcoming events for our Youth Ministry, please sign up for the weekly Youth E-News by contacting Austin Bond at . Please also follow @BelinYouth on Instagram and Snapchat!

The Week Ahead

Take a moment to look through the calendar for the upcoming week to see what's going on in the life of Belin Memorial United Methodist Church - a church with heart!

Click HERE for "The Week Ahead"

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