SOMETIME BETWEEN 64-68 AD...
Peter said, “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” (I Peter 2:9-10).
As your pastors here at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church, we can truly say that God has called us into his wonderful light and done more that we could have ever asked or imagined. We have become an everyday church with an everyday mission. Every Sunday now we have four worship services; yet we, by the grace of God, remain ONE church.
As we see it, God is bringing to us a new season of opportunity. We believe God is challenging us to take a greater step of faith than we have ever taken before. For us, this season before us is so exciting. For 24 months, 2017- 2018, we will be in a season of our church that we are calling “ONE: One Church, One Vision, One Future.” We hope and pray that you will join us as we all consider what it can mean for us to become ONE church with ONE vision as we move into ONE future. Bishop Jonathan Holston often talks about God- sized dreams, and this initiative is no doubt for us a God-sized opportunity. We have an opportunity to move beyond “life as usual” and to make investments in that which will have an eternal impact.
Pray earnestly. Pray for your clergy and staff as we work for you and with you. Pray for our church. Pray for members and friends of this congregation. Pray that God will continue to use us for God’s Kingdom. Pray for every individual and ask God to touch our hearts and enable us to become ONE- one church with one vision moving into one future. After all, it is what’s in our hearts that really matters.
B. Mike Alexander Jr.
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.
The history of Belin Memorial is rich, beginning with the Rev. James L. Belin, the namesake and benefactor of the property on which the church is located. Born in 1788, he began his pastoral ministry in 1810 in the Georgetown area. He was well-known for his ministry to the community.
- 1925 – Belin Memorial United Methodist Church built on current site with materials from Oatland Methodist Church near Pawleys Island.
- 1967 – Education and administration building completed. 1991 – First worship service in existing sanctuary.
- 1993 – Debt on current church building paid off and previous structure donated to Joseph B. Bethea United Methodist Church, located off Highway 501, west of Myrtle Beach.
- 1998 – Construction of state-of-the-art Family Life Center begun; completed and consecrated December 12, 1999.
- 2007 – Decision made to purchase vacant lot adjacent to existing property for future growth.
- 2013 – Contemporary worship service held monthly in Family Life Center; grows into The Harbor, offering two Sunday services weekly with over 400 worshippers each week.
- Present - Belin Memorial United Methodist Church: a congregation of more than 2,000 members worshipping in four services with an ongoing vision for both present and future.
WHEN CHURCH LEADERS STEPPED OUT ON FAITH in the 1990s to build the current sanctuary and later the Belin Family Life Center, they didn’t have all the answers and didn’t know what the future would hold for our church or our community. However, because we grow as a result of our ministries, not our buildings, we have outgrown our facilities, which have become multi-purpose out of necessity.
Our sanctuary is used for community concerts and worship services. In addition to housing The Harbor services and Sunday school classes, the Family Life Center provides meeting space for community groups which address addiction, grief, substance abuse and various health and wellness topics. Creative arts classes are offered in the facility as well as physical exercise ranging from Zumba to basketball leagues.
TOGETHER AS ONE VISION
The vision of Belin Memorial is “to make disciples of Jesus Christ.” That involves going into the community to reach out to our neighbors locally and throughout the world. Through the ministries of Belin Memorial, local homeowners have had critically-needed repairs completed on their homes, hundreds of students have received backpacks filled with food to sustain them over the weekends, and families living in poverty in Latin America have had homes built for them.
Because of Belin Memorial’s involvement in the community, events such as the Blessing of the Inlet, the annual Bar-B-Que and Fall Festival, and various yard sales provide funds for meeting the needs of those within our extended community.
Belin Memorial also ministers to the community through other direct means. The Belin Creative Learning Center meets the needs of many families living in the Murrells Inlet area by providing a loving, educational preschool facility in a Christian environment. Several times each year, the Belin Chancel Choir draws hundreds of community neighbors through their musical ministry with special concerts and services.
This commitment is for your total giving, including what you give in your regular giving plus any “expanded giving” you will give toward the ONE Initiative.
Here's how it works...
Grow your faith by prayerfully seeking God’s will for your personal finances. Step out in faith and determine the kind of giver you can be.
Enjoy the moment. Very few churches ever get to experience this type of opportunity. We are at an amazing moment that will mean much to hundreds, maybe thousands; to you personally; to your family; to your friends; and, to our community. How exciting that is!
Commit to hearing WHAT God wants you to do in this season. What is He asking of you to grow spiritually? What might He be asking you to do to make the ONE Initiative successful?
Be an ambassador of accurate information. We are committed to full disclosure and giving information at an appropriate time and place. If you hear something that is not accurate, you are now well-equipped to be an influence and source of correct information.
Consider if God would have you give in a significant way that will allow your faith to grow.