Reverend Whitney keeps office hours at Hillcrest on:
Thursdays and Fridays
(On Tuesdays and Wednesdays he is at our sister church, Holly Oak Calvary)
Please contact the office to schedule an appointment with him.
Message from Pastor Whitney
March 14, 2020
Good Day Everyone,
Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
As you are likely aware, Governor Carney, issued a State of Emergency declaration and President Trump has declared a National Emergency. All this to aid in the fight to stem the tide of infections due to the Coronavirus in light of these developments, Bishop Peggy A. Johnson, has requested that all United Methodist Churches with an attendance of 250 to not to hold services for March 15 and March 22.
While our congregation doesn’t yet have that number in attendance, we are made up of the “at risk population, older adults and persons who have medical conditions that require extra vigilance.
To aid our community and our nation, in this effort to stem the spread of the Coronavirus, Hillcrest Bellefonte United Methodist Church office will also be closed for the next two weeks. Additionally, Bible Studies, Food Pantry Ministry, and the Fish Fry Ministry, are also canceled.
Keep checking our Web Page for further developments. I am exploring others ways we can communicate with via Facebook for Sunday Worship, live streaming as well the online giving options.
To quote a friend of mine, “I ENCOURAGE ALL OF YOU to not let this situation cause any grief or concern and do all you can to safeguard you and your family. Stay in prayer, remember that no matter what, God never gives us more than we can handle - look to the Holy Spirit for guidance and to maintain an even mindset and calmness. It's going to be all right when we come out to the other side of all of this; I promise because God promised.”
Be Blessed, Be Safe, Keep on praying! Call, text, email each other. Remember God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind!
I want to echo Bishop Johnson in thanking everyone who are assisting us at this time to keep us informed and safe. As we work together in service and love we will be victorious during this health crisis.
Grace and Peace,
About Our Pastor
Reverend Jonathan Whitney recently joined our congregation this summer from Brandywine Community UMC and Buttonwood UMC. The third born of 10 children, Rev. Whitney was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky in 1949 and is a graduate of Delaware Technical and Community College for Electronic Technology, Wilmington University for Human Resource Management, and Wesley Theological Seminary for Master of Divinity. He and his wife Patricia have been blessed with three sons, one daughter-in-law and two granddaughters during their 45 years of marriage.
He began his journey as a part-time local pastor and from July 2006 has been serving as an elder. He has also served as an instructor for the Lay Servant Academies, Mission U Study Leader, and District Leadership Training, as well as Executive Director for the Howard Bailey Life Enrichment Program, and as a member of the Conference Leadership Team, District Church Location and Building Committee, and Congo Partnership. He is currently serving on the Conference Congregational Development Corporation Team and the Wilmington District Committee on Urban Ministries.
Come meet Reverend Whitney and his wife Patricia and welcome them to Hillcrest-Bellefonte!