Rev. Carlos Dunagan
Rev. Stanley G. Harrell
Rev. Albert K. Lane, III
God has richly blessed Wesley United Methodist Church with abundant tools and resources for performing Christ's ministry. There are two hundred years of history during which the Gospel has been shared among faithful people without interruption. Whether it was Allgire's home where they met, or Brown's Meeting House, or Wesley Chapel, the people who now call themselves Wesley Church have gathered to worship God and have responded to the call to minister to each other and to persons in the community and the world beyond.
The congregation is blessed with good, well maintained buildings that are both attractive and functional. Surrounding the buildings are rolling fields that testify to the glory of God's creation. And within those structures there is equipment that aids our worship, assists the Christian education process, and encourages groups of persons to work and have fellowship together. There are financial resources available to support the ministry of the Church.
Wesley is blessed with talented, caring people, from musicians who regularly use their talents in the worship service to teachers who work in our Sunday School.
Yes, a strong foundation exists and we must be thankful for it. But we cannot rest. We must build upon it. We must search for new ways of performing ministry and grow both physically and spiritually.
It is not enough to look back. We need to look forward. There is much that needs to be done (children taught, the sick visited, those who mourn to be comforted, those in trouble, helped). Wesley is to stand as a beacon to the love and power of God; its members are to be rays spreading out to give light in a dark world.
Our task as a church is to serve Christ by serving other persons, and this is the only way we can repay the debt we owe to those who have gone before us.
We are not content to rest on the achievements of the past. We move forward to new goals in order that more people may know the saving love of Jesus Christ.
Our past history equips us for the present and pushes us into the future. It teaches us and prepares us to meet the challenges of the present day and gives us the courage to leap into the future.
The purpose of writing this booklet is to open up the glorious heritage that is ours from the past and to see God at work in our history. May it give us insights into the present situation, and make the future course for the church of Jesus Christ and its individual members more clear.
Will each of you please join me in this fervent prayer:
"THANK YOU GOD, FOR ALL THE BLESSINGS OF TWO HUNDRED YEARS PAST, AND THANK YOU FOR THE PRIVILEGE - BEGINNING HERE AND NOW - TO WORK WITH THEE FOR GREATER FUTURE BLESSINGS – FOR ALL.
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