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History - Belmont United Methodist Church

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History

1921-2005

84 Years of History

1920?s

Methodist Church in Belmont established. First services at Benton Chapel. Troop 4 (304) began in 1920. Rev. D. Joseph Imler appointed as pastor in 1921. First 66 members received. First sermon on April 10, 1921. Land on Common Street purchased. Ground was broken in 1922 for first unit (present social hall). Elisabeth Brown Class first met in 1922. Bishop Hughes dedicated building in 1923. Parsonage at 36 Bellevue Road purchased.

1930?s

1001st member received. 1934, building campaign launched. Second mortgage on the parsonage paid off. June 19, 1938, cornerstone laid. First mortgage paid off. Adult Fellowship organized in 1938. 1939, completion of the church building. Service of celebration and dedication held.

1940?s

Name changed from Methodist Episcopal to Belmont Methodist in 1940. About 200 members served in WWII. Red Cross Chapter met in Social Hall processing 850,000 bandages and other items for the troops. An average of 90 members joined the church each year. Church suppers and plays were important in the life of the church. 1946-second mortgage burned. 1,460 members. Church World Service began. 1947 - Gates fellowship formed. A fire in the boiler room contained - soot and smoke throughout the building. Rebuilding of stage area. 1948 - Mr. Imler granted the degree of Doctor of Divinity by Taylor University.

1950?s

30th Anniversary celebrated with a gift of $3,000 to the chapel of the Leonard Theological School in India. 1956 - average Sunday School attendance 468. Church membership 1,792. 1958 - Rev. Dr. D. Joseph Imler accepted the position of Executive Secretary of Preachers Aid Society of the New England Conference. A farewell reception held to celebrate his 38 years at this church. 1959 - Rev. Ernest Case became our pastor.

1960?s

Imler House purchased in 1962. A new pipe organ was installed. Balcony in the hum adapted as nursery and balcony of social hall as toddler's room. The carillon was installed in 1968. 1968 - General Conference-Methodist and United Brethren Churches combined to become United Methodists. We became the Belmont United Methodist Church. Rev. H. Daniel Hawver became our first Parish Visitor. Bellevue Road parsonage sold. New parsonage purchased at 56 Payson Terrace.

1970?s

A new heating system in 1970. Celebration of Golden anniversary in 1971. The Hawver Chair of Pastor visitation was endowed. Rev. Roy Albert White became Assistant Pastor in 1972. The Women's Society of Christian Service became the United Methodist Women. In 1973 Rev. Frank Mazzeo followed Rev. Hawver as Parish visitor. 1974 - The mortgage on parsonage was paid. Rev. Case resigned in 1976 to become Pastor of the First Radio Church of America in Portland, Maine. Rev. Sargon Ibraham became our pastor for a short time before moving to Fitchburg church. Rev. Lee Hatch became our pastor in 1979.

1980?s

The 60th Anniversary of the church and Elisabeth Brown Class. The 45th Anniversary of the Adult Fellowship in 1983. A new heating system and elevator installed. Social hall, narthex, and sanctuary painted. 594 members in the 65th year, 1986 Rev. Hatch assigned to Framingham church. Rev. Wendell Luke became out pastor. Rev. David Baird as assistant pastor came to help build the young adult membership. Young Adult Fellowship adopted the name Wells Fellowship. Rev. Frank Mazzeo moved on to become Chaplain at the Deaconess-Rivercrest Home in Concord.

1990?s

Rev. Baird accepted assignment at Williamstown church. Rev. Diane Carpenter came as Assistant Pastor. Rev. Luke left to accept position of District Superintendent of the Metropolitan Boston/South District. Rev. David Myers appointed to Belmont in 1992 and Rev. Carpenter assigned to Hamilton church. Mission to Nicaragua a focal point with sister church Ingleses de Cristos. Rev. Liz LaRocque joined the staff as Assistant to the Pastor. Church School membership increased. Rev. Chris Coble became an Assistant to the Pastor as Parish Visitor. St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Jamaica Plain became a sister church. Shared church relationship began with Boston Grace United Methodist Church. Rev Myers leaves to become Treasurer of the new England Conference 1999. Rev. Lawrence (Larry) Wimmer appointed in 1999.

2000?s

 

QUOTES

Dr. D. Joseph Imler 1921-1959

"I challenge you to be the Church you are capable of becoming under God! I challenge each of you to begin with yourself here and now and move with new devotion toward this divine destiny."

Rev. Ernest R. Case 1959-1976

"If, with the poet, we "get a glory in the work we do"; if, with the prophet, we envision a city not made with hands; if, with the Prince of Peace, we see our neighbor in Everyman...then the fearful frontiers of the future will fall before the forces of faith!"

Rev. Sargon Y. Ibraham 1976-1978

"Whatever God calls me to do, I shall do. I fully trust God that He will guide me and the church. May the prayers of all of us lead us to greater love and harmony and power in Jesus Christ."

Rev. Leon S. Hatch Jr. 1978-1986

"We look ever ahead to the challenge of the new. We do not always see clearly the way we are to go. But we know always who shall be our companion in the journey. We are content to follow where he leads us, in complete confidence that he is the way, the truth and the life."

Rev. Wendell D. Luke, Jr. 1986-1992

"The Belmont United Methodist Church is an exciting, hopeful, enthusiastic, positive community of faith in which to be ministering in these days. The thanks go to each of you who give faithfully of yourselves and to our God who has chosen to bless us with fresh opportunities to serve and love in the name and spirit of Jesus Christ."

Rev. David C. Meyers 1992-1999

?We are a church; and as such all we say, teach, and do should reflect that God guides our decisions, shapes our future, and that we are stewards of all things which God has entrusted in our care. As we celebrate our 75th Anniversary let us be open to God's call to unimaginable possibilities as we are just beginning a new era of mission and ministry in Belmont and beyond."

Rev. Lawrence Wimmer 1999-


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