There are so many people who give their time and energy to serve God and make the ministries of Elm Springs UMC happen. Today, we want to highlight one of our faithful volunteers, John Belvedrisi. Check out his story:
What brought you to ESUMC?
John says he was working in retail and met Linda who lived in Springdale. They married in 2005 and they have lived here ever since. They were the last couple to get married in the old chapel with Pastor Carl Palmer.
What are some of your favorite accomplishments since getting involved at Elm Springs UMC?
"This was Linda’s church but the people here drew me in and accepted me right away. I was so impressed that they always accept people as they are.
I have volunteered in a lot of places in the church, but my favorite thing was being on the Vision Team. We seemed to make a lot of progress with moving the youth forward. We also were able to help structure our 9am service as a contemporary service, distinct from the traditional 11am.
We asked John if he could have one superpower, what would that be?
He simply said that he “would like the power to make people believe that God is a living God here and now and that will make a difference to your future.”
If you could tell a stranger one thing about ESUMC what would you tell them?
John says “I would want people to know that God shows himself to me here at this church more than anywhere else in my life. The people here reflect the Lord by what they do and not just by their words.”
John encourages everyone to find a place to volunteer and to serve. Even if it is not at this church, you need to do this!
He final word is this: “ABOVE ALL...BE KIND.”
If you get a chance to see John, please thank him for his consistent, faithful service. We are certainly blessed to have John as part of our congregation.