POINT PLEASANT — The last of the Lenten Luncheon Series will wrap up April 16 and will be followed by a Good Friday service.
The last of this year’s luncheons, sponsored by the Mason County Ministerial Association, will feature the Rev. Chip Bennett, pastor of Bellemead UM Church since June 2013.
This is Bennett’s first appointment. Pastor Chip is currently a student at Asbury Theological Seminary in Asbury, Ky., working on his Master of Divinity degree. He is also a chaplain candidate in the West Virginia Army National Guard. Pastor Chip and his wife, Karyn are the parents of two daughters, Gabby and Evelyn.
He is from Buckhannon and Karyn has family roots in Point Pleasant.
The Lenten luncheons and services will begin at 11:45 a.m. each Wednesday morning at Trinity UM Church. They are interdenominational so everyone is welcome to participate. All the luncheons are free, however, a freewill donation will be received for the benefit of the ministries of the ministerial association. This week, Bellemead UM Church will be in charge of the meal consisting of soup, sandwiches, cookies and a drink
Following next week’s final Lenten lunch for this year will be a Good Friday service at noon at the Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church.
The speaker will be the Rev. Matt Dotson, pastor of both the Good Shepherd and St. Paul United Methodist churches. Pastor Dotson is the coordinator of the Cooperative Parish of the United Methodist Church.
Pastor Matt is an active member of the Mason County Ministerial Association. He is a graduate of Hinton High School, Bluefield State College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and an associate degree in law enforcement. He also met his wife, Julie. He also attended United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, where he received a Master of Divinity degree. He was ordained in 2004. Pastor Matt and Julie have three children, Brenna, Olivia, and Ethan.
The Mason County Ministerial Association encourages the community to come together on Good Friday service. This service is open to everyone. All are encouraged to participate.