Dear Members and Friends of Chilmark Community United Methodist Church, Grace and peace to you and yours, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ whom we worship and serve as members of his Body, the Church! My name is Ernest Belisle. I was appointed to be your new pastor as of July 1, 2019, by the Rev’d. Sudarahana Devadhar, our presiding Bishop. Last Tuesday, March 19, I was taken to meet your Pastor Parish Relationship Committee by our District Superintendent, the Rev’d. Dr. Andrew Foster III. We had a very good meeting! I am a native of the country of Belize (in Central America). Before I entered full time ministry I served as a grade school teacher. I am a graduate of Drew School of Theology in Madison, New Jersey, United Theological Seminary of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica, Belize Teachers, Belize City, Belize. I specialized in Christian Education and Church History. My wife Michelle is a preschool teacher. There are seven children and three grandchildren in our family. Our youngest child, Ezra (6 years old), is the only one still at home with us. We enjoy visiting and vacationing with the children, which includes walking on the beaches of Cape Cod and exploring the mountains and valleys of Vermont and New Hampshire. I enjoy music from different ages, places and varieties. I love lively singing and interactive worship and preaching. I am a soccer fan and follow European and North and South American leagues. Michelle loves walking on the beach and Ezra loves model trains and John Deere tractors and farm equipment. I am a people person and enjoy friendships. I have a passion for Evangelism and Outreach Ministries. I have worked in both suburban and inner city ministries. I began full time ministry serving two island and three mainland congregations in a circuit of churches in Bocas del Tore, Panama. I enjoy fellowship with other churches and denominations. From 1995 to 1997, I served and chaired the National Council of Churches in Guyana (South America) that included both Roman Catholics and Pentecostals. While a student at Drew, I served United Methodist churches in East Orange, New Jersey and Brooklyn, New York. I have served Methodist churches in the Republic of Panama (1976-1981), Jamaica (1981-1990), Belize (1990-1993, teacher at Wesley College), and Guyana, in South America (1993-2000, District Superintendent). Here in New England, I have served churches in Oxford (2000-2005) and Framingham (2005-2011), Massachusetts and St. Paul’s in Manchester, New Hampshire 2011-2015). I am presently serving our church in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts. At the District and Conference levels I served on the Central Massachusetts District Committee on Superintendency (2005 to 2011), co-chaired the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry (2004 to 2012), and was a member of the New Hampshire District Building and Locations Committee (2012- 2015). Presently I am one of the co-chairs of the Rhode Island Southern Massachusetts District Committee on Ministry. Michelle, Ezra and I look forward to meeting and working with you. Grace and peace to you and yours, Very sincerely, Ernest Belisle
A message from Bishop Devadhar: General Conference 2019
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UPCOMING EVENTS IN THE RISEM DISTRICT
- March 2nd [GIVING[[JESUS]]GENEROSITY] Resource Day at Osterville UMC, Osterville, Ma
- March 2nd and March 16th RISEM Lay Academy at Memorial UMC Taunton, Ma
- March 7th Courageous Conversation Meeting at Wesley UMC, Lincoln, RI 6:00 pm
- March 30th RISEM Clay Workshop on Committee Guidelines at Memorial UMC, Taunton, Ma
- May 18th Pre-Conference gathering-East Greenwich UMC 10:00 am – 11:30 am
- May 18th Transition Workshop for incoming pastors. East Greenwich UMC 11:30 am-1:00 pm
Remember to visit the RISEM District WEBSITE for all the latest updates!!! Go to www.neumc.org/risem
Has the change of seasons got you down?
Is the turmoil and chaos of our current political environment left you hopeless?
Do you wonder where God is in these uncertain times?
Have you lost your spiritual groove and would you like to get it back?
Join retreat leader Steve Garnaas-Holmes on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 9:30am-3:30pm for this truly special Day Apart Retreat.
Come and be set free to discover hope and encounter the Beloved.
Sunday, Sept 16 saw coffee hour cheered up with beautiful quilts and hand made products from Haiti. During the “Mission Moment” in the service, Carolyn Stoeber had described her work with Peace Quilts which offers women jobs and future economic stability as part of this co-operative. The work was received enthusiastically.
Carolyn is also our contact for the Lilivois School project near Port au Prince to fund afternoon instruction for children and adults who cannot afford to go to school during regular tuition class hours.
Our donations to Church World Service (Blanket mission) are at work in preparation for the hurricane in N.C.