The sanctuary was packed with worshipers on Sunday, September 9, 2018. It had been many months since congregants were able to give thanks and praise in the historic building of 1st UMC Hamlet. Back in March, an arson fire ruined the sanctuary, and last Sunday was the first time they were able to enjoy the lovely stained glass windows, the beautifully polished woodwork and the brand new hymnals. Church members were joined by first responders, community leaders and many of the volunteers who assisted with refurbishment and reconstruction. Three year old Hudson Leviner was recognized as the first person who noticed smoke pouring out of a broken window. The congregation gave him a new toy firetruck in appreciation for him alerting his dad, who called 911.
Pastor Deb Wilkins led the congregation as the sanctuary and the pulpit were reconsecrated. Former pastor, Rev. Berry Barbour (retired), preached on Matthew 26: 36-36, reminding us all of the gift we have in offering up prayers to our living Lord. Then the baptismal font and the Lord’s table were reconsecrated, followed by the celebration of Holy Communion. A delicious catered meal was served at the conclusion of the worship service, as a sign of all the many blessings poured out and received by the members of First United Methodist Church in Hamlet.
May God continue to bless the ministry happening in and through the faithful disciples in Hamlet!