What an amazing time the church shared at Bluewell United Methodist Church (Southern District), Sunday, September 30, 2018. Feeling called to reach out to their community in a new way, BUMC has held various events that engage their neighbors this summer and into fall.
Sunday was “Bring A Friend to Church” day with a Block party immediately following the service. Pastor Melissa White encouraged the members of the church by promising that they could dump a 5 gallon bucket of water over her head if they could get 150 people in attendance. It’s been years since the church has had that many at church.
Youth Leader Lani Crane stated, “Our preacher is the best! Melissa gave us a challenge and our congregation accepted! Final total 151 (not including our Live viewers!). We love You Melissa! God truly blessed all in attendance! God is Good!!”
One long time member, stated, “The excitement and fellowship we are experiencing is like the old days when our forefathers started this church! We never believed it could happen again!”
A first time visitor saw someone he knew stop by the block party and ran to meet him exclaiming, “Come over here and join the fun! These people accepted me even though I was a drug addict. This is a great church family!” Pastor White states, “there’s a revival in the church. No one can deny it!”
The Block Party was organized by a couple of their newest members, Josh and Katy Sizemore, who joined the church less than a year ago. Josh led a group earlier in the week to go door to door and pass out flyers to the community, along with a heartfelt invitation to join them for Sunday Worship. A few months ago, Bluewell Started live-streaming their Worship Services. Once those 51 viewers were added to the total for the day, it took their final total up to 204 folks being touched by the faith community that day! Pastor White, along with Associate Pastor, Jay Vanreenen, will both graciously accept a pie to the face for crossing the 200 mark! Pastor White states, “I can’t wait to see what God does next!”