The Heights UB Church welcomed Heartbeat once again for the 2019 Vision Banquet on April 4. God blessed us with a record number of people attending this year, and we were so happy to have them all with us as we celebrated life and the wonderful works that God is doing through Heartbeat to make more families complete.
The evening’s masters of ceremony, Rachel Baker and Pastor Christopher Wade, opened the evening, and after an invocation and blessing from Pastor Mark Blakeley, guests enjoyed a delicious meal from L&B Catering and fellowship with their table-mates.
After dinner, Brennen Kelly played a worship song before Dr. Kevin Dumpe took the stage. Dr. Dumpe, a board-certified OB/GYN practicing in Beaver Falls, shared with the audience the biblical foundation for his pro-life posture. He also shared a moving story about a patient (with her permission) facing a difficult situation in her life and how it presented him with an opportunity to share the gospel with her.
Linda Dankert, executive director of Heartbeat of Columbiana County, presented the state of the ministry and shared a touching video that explained just how the staff of Heartbeat ministers to young women and families in need. It included testimonials from actual pregnancy center and parenting center clients, giving the guests a feel for just how valuable the services Heartbeat provides actually are. How wonderful that God puts people where He needs them to be!
When given the opportunity to make a financial contribution to support Heartbeat, our faithful guests responded to the call with overwhelming generosity as they pledged in excess of $60,000. Since the ministry receives no government funding, these gifts will provide a significant portion of Heartbeat's annual operating budget.
At the conclusion of the evening, Brennen Kelly again took the state to play the Doxology, and Pastor Jason Cole lead the closing prayer, giving God the glory for His goodness.
Heartbeat would like to extend special appreciation to:
The Vision Hosts who warmly welcomed our guests
Our Underwriters (Calcutta Health Care Center, Dennis & Sue Giambroni, Horst Sub & Deli, L&B Catering, T&M Rentals, Campbell’s Signs, Keystone Printing, P. Michael Moore, DDS and Rogers Community Auction, Inc.)
The Many Gracious Volunteers who gave of their time and talents
The Heights UB Church for their hospitality
The Generous Donors
The many prayerful supporters of Heartbeat