Welcome to the Diamond United Methodist Church website. We hope this site will help you learn more about us and our witness for Christ. We strive to recognize and nurture the Christ in ourselves and each person that we encounter along the way. Our church is a thriving community of believers, and lovers of the word of God. Diamond Church has a long tradition of outreach and service to its members and the community. We hope you will join us for service on Sunday to experience for yourself the fellowship of Christ.
Greetings from Pastor Chris Hardy
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is nolaw against these things!” – Galatians 5:22-23
“You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act.” – Matthew 7:16a
“So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is deadand useless.” – James 2:17
Faithful Brothers and Sisters,
Together, this month at Diamond UMC, we have experienced a bit of a
whirlwind of emotions. These emotions have ranged from anxiety and sadness, to
celebration and joy – all revolving around a couple of our devoted members.
At the beginning of the month of April, with great angst and sorrow, Lori
Torstrup discerned that it was time for her to step down from her post as the
founder and leader of our feeding ministry, Bread Basket. For ten, dedicated years
Lori has led a group of volunteers to plan, prepare, and serve a nutritious meal,
literally served with her love, each first Saturday of every month.
At the end of April we celebrated Lorraine Nicholas and her lifetime of
faithful service. Lorraine has been a member of Diamond UMC for sixty-two years
and has been involved in literally every ministry, council, and committee known to
the church. Through her involvement, she has left an indelible mark on the congregation.
When I think about these two women, I think of all of the magnificent
ministry they have done here at Diamond UMC; and then I realize that they have
done more than I will ever know, and they did it because of their love for one an-
other and for God. While they’ve accomplished so much here at Diamond UMC
and in our community of Hazleton, their service is more than recognition and
number of years served. The lives that they have touched and changed, for the
sake of The Kingdom, is immeasurable.
As the Scriptures remind us, we will know the true Christians, the true
followers, the disciples of Christ, by their fruit. For it is by these good works that
their faith is shared, that their love of God and of others, where the seed of The
Kingdom is planted. Truly, their seeds have been sown, the ground has been
nurtured, and their love has blossomed throughout our congregation.
As the refrain from one of my favorite hymns states, “And they’ll know we
are Christians by our love, by our love; yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our
love.” Lori and Lorraine can faithfully sing that hymn. For it is not only by their love,
but by the love that is expressed for and to them that we know that they are
Christians. Let both of these servants of God be an example for the rest of us as
they continue along the path in which God’s calls them. Amen.
Your brother in Christ.
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