Sunday Online Service – March 29, 2020
We are a baptized people. We are a forgiven people. We are a worshiping people. We are a community of faith seeking to serve our Lord in word and deed in this world.
Belleman’s Church is one of the oldest houses of worship in Berks County, and it dates back to 1746. Our two congregations are the United Church of Christ and Lutheran. We first provided worship services in a log cabin, then moved to the historic Old Church (found on the About us page), and now we worship together in the present building which was originally built in 1924 (pictured left).
The two congregations formed a shared ministry and called one pastor in 2003. Since then we have maintained two congregational identities and one pastor serving both congregations. We worship together in unified services, serve our Lord through united choirs, youth group and committees made up of both congregations. Welcome to Salem Belleman's Church!
MISSION MOMENT BY KELLY KAUFFMAN
“Put your money where your mouth is.” I’m sure you’ve heard that expression. Perhaps you’ve even used it once or twice. Of course, it means if you are so confident in a certain outcome, you’ll be willing to bet a good amount of money on it.
But that’s not what Jesus says. In Luke 12:34, He has a different take. He says: “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” In other words, you’ll put your money (and your time and talent) where your heart is. It’s the heart that will determine where your money goes.
April 7th is consecration Sunday, and we’ll be asked to determine how much we are to give to the church. But it’s not really a time to determine where your treasure should go. It’s a time to determine where your heart is. Do you believe in the mission of the church? Is spreading the gospel and showing others the love of Christ important – and how important is it?
For one widow in the Bible it was clear where her heart was. In Luke 21 we read… “And Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites. So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.”
It’s not about how much you give. It’s not even about what percentage you give. Let’s face it, Bryce Harper could spare more than 10% of his salary and fund this church for a long, long time. And it probably wouldn’t make even a tiny difference in his lifestyle. But ten percent of someone who has just been laid off could mean missing a few meals. As Jesus says: “from everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”
Today marks 34 years that I have been part of this church family. What began as attending Sunday school in the Nursery class and VBS during the summer has now grown into teaching the Nursery and being a VBS station leader. Over the years, my involvement has changed in many ways, from setting the tables at church suppers when I was a little girl, to now serving a large table at the suppers with my husband, but one thing that hasn’t changed is my desire to serve God through the ministries here at Belleman’s Church. God has called me to give in so many ways. Giving brings me a sense of meaning, joy, and spiritual growth in my relationship with God that nothing else does. And that’s why I reserve a portion of my time, talent and financial blessings every week to the church.
We enter this world with nothing. We leave it with nothing. And EVERYTHING we get in between is a gift from God. We are called to produce a return on His investment in us. Ask God what He is calling you to give. Ask God to speak to your heart. And, like that widow in the gospel of Luke, I’m sure your treasure will follow.
Like I mentioned before, we will be observing Consecration Sunday in 3 weeks. There will only be one service that morning – the 10:15 service – after which we will enjoy a celebration luncheon down in the fellowship hall. This is not a pot-luck dinner. It’s a catered meal, so you’ll need to make reservations. And you can do that today or any of the remaining Sundays in March. We’ll see you there!
PLEASE RSVP FOR THE CATERED DINNER BY CALLING THE CHURCH.
Belleman's Church Women
Belleman's Church Women organize special presenters and helping to read the lessons in the service. Come Spring, the ladies organize a special reception consisting of snacks following the Confirmation Sunday Service. This fellowship opportunity has become a special part of Belleman’s.
Boy Scout Troop
We are proud to host Boy Scout Troop 154.
The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations, providing programs for young people that build character.
Belleman's is proud to offer these Music Ministries:
>> SUNDAY SCHOOL SINGING KIDS
>> MUSICAL CHOIR
>> KIDS’ MELODYCHIMES
>> NICE N EASY RINGERS
>> BELLEMAN’S BELLS
>> SENIOR CHOIR
>> BELLEMAN’S ORCHESTRA
We are committed to reaching out to our community and the world with Christ’s love in many ways. Each year we have up to three mission trips traveling to different parts of the United States to help in rebuilding communities. See photos from the latest mission trip.
Youth with a Mission
From washing cars to touring Gettysburg on a bike and everything in between, Belleman's Church Youth with a Mission offers a wide variety of fun and educational events for all youth.
Nursery Class welcomes any children birth to age 3
Primary Classes meet on the second floor above the chapel.
Level One - 4 & 5 year olds are taught by Heather Wicke
Level Two - 6 & 7 year olds are taught by Colleen Bungarz
Level Three - 8 & 9 year olds are taught by Jessica Weist
For Our Youth: These classes will all have an opening in the Sanctuary
Pre-Confirmation Class for 10 & 11 year olds, taught by Andy Kauffman.
Confirmation Class taught by Pastor Blitch.
Post Confirmation Class: held in the game room, taught by James Fitterling and Phil Kistler. There will be DONUTS!
FOR OUR ADULTS
Coffee Talk (Adult Discussion) for anyone 20 years or older, held in the Fellowship Hall. There will always be COFFEE & DONUTS! Parents with children in Sunday School, Choir Members, or anyone else seeking an enriching experience please join!
Adult Sunday School will continue to be held in the Sanctuary.