The Ely United Methodist Church is a 2016 recipient of the “One Matters” Award.  The award was presented on June 25, at the California Nevada Annual Conference

tendent David Samelson; Ely UMC Lay member Beverly Cornutt; Ely UMC Pastor Suzanne Calhoun; Ely UMC Lay Member Chris Christensen; and Cheryl Walker from UMC Discipleship Ministries.

tendent David Samelson; Ely UMC Lay member Beverly Cornutt; Ely UMC Pastor Suzanne Calhoun; Ely UMC Lay Member Chris Christensen; and Cheryl Walker from UMC Discipleship Ministries.

of the United Methodist Church held in Burlingame, Calif.

Ely UMC received this new national award  in the United Methodist Denomination for having experienced significant growth in the number of baptisms and professions of faith over the past five years.

In addition to citing the growing membership, District Superintendent David Samelson lifted up the Spirit’s movement amongst the church leaders in discerning a direction forward for their new church building project.

The raising of local and connectional UMC funds for the completion of the building on the Pioche Highway was celebrated as a direct result of the mindset  embraced by the Ely congregation that each One Matters; every single person, one relationship at a time.

According to church officials, although Ely UMC was honored this year with the award, many years of prayerful, faithful, leaders have helped to pave the road to this new time of growth. The congregation and their pastor, Suzanne Calhoun, continue to plan new ways to be in ministry in White Pine County, in order to be a church for the future, as well as today.

This new building will be available for all sorts of community activities, trainings, celebrations, etc.

Ely UMC looks forward to all the opportunities this new facility will provide to the White Pine community, church officials, said.

Ely UMC Leadership members said they want to thank all in their community who have assisted their congregation in this work of growing community ministry and a church building through their prayers, presence, gifts, service, and ecumenical witness.

They said that as much as the congregation rejoices in what God is doing among us, they believe this work is not finished.

If you would like to know more, contribute in some way to the building of facilities, or have identified a need for ministry in the community, visit the Ely UMC website: elyumcnevada.org.