Dennis Bell will be missed

Dennis Bell died on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at 8:07 a.m. at the Dennison Care Center. His funeral was Saturday, July 6, at 2 p.m. in the First United Methodist church, Dennison. He was a wonderful man.

— Mary Bell


Dear friends,
It is with great sadness that I share this information from Dennis’s wife Mary. Dennis was an amazing Christian man who loved and served Jesus with all his heart and soul. He was Conference Lay Leader before me and served the church he loved however he could. He continued as a Co-Chair of REVIVE until his dying day. I love the picture in my mind of Dennis and Jesus sharing together with that great smile and humor that Dennis so freely shared. I’m sure a Memorial will be established for REVIVE in Dennis’s name if you would like to honor him in this way.

— Norma Morrison


Dennis was one of the first to call me when my second cancer was diagnosed in 2006. We had such a good talk as only survivors and believers can in a time like that. Not long after that phone call I became aware that Dennis had sent prayer requests in my name to a vast number of contacts–that was when I received a message from a group of nums in New Zealand! We had already become friends through MLRM. Dennis had such a commitment to what the UM Church could/can be. I will miss that commitment, his sense of humor, and his stories about those grandbabies!

— Mavis Diment

We warmly join in Norma Morrison’s message and Mary Bell’s description of Dennis as a “wonderful man.” We picture Jesus giving Dennis a big hug, a big smile, and “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

Dennis served for 12 years as Co-Chair of the Methodist Laity Reform Movement and, later, as Co-Chair of REVIVE, United Methodists for Revival and Renewal in the Wesleyan Spirit. He often led us in devotions and prayer. Dennis spoke firmly and courageously in Iowa Annual Conference sessions, affirming and upholding God’s word and Christian faithfulness. Right up to his going home to his Lord, Dennis was a lively, active participant by telephone in our meetings although he could no longer travel.

One of our many happy memories of Dennis is when Jeanie, as a Trustee of the Foundation for Evangelism, presented to Dennis his Denman Evangelism Award, named for Harry Denman, great Methodist evangelist. Dennis lived the Great Commission!

— David Stanley


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Friends in Revive.

I think it useful to share with you a report from Summer Games University. Last week 582 persons participated in SGU at Grinnell College. Most importantly 75 young people chose to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

The good news is that we have hit near MAXIMUM capacity at Grinnell and need to pray through whether we should add a second week at Grinnell or elsewhere. Our hope is that with the prayers of many (including Revive), the growth of Summer Games Jr. and the recruiting of new pastors and new churches a second week becomes a forced choice.

Please pray forward for Summer Games Jr. Nearly 80 third through fifth grade children are registered, half each at Pictured Rocks and Wesley Woods. Pray for the children’s pastors, college and high school “huddle leaders” who are called to lead this camp.

God’s blessings are pouring upon the UM church this summer – stay on your knees, He is not done yet!

Thanks for your prayers.

Mike Morgan


Another dear friend of Revive has gone to be with the Lord

Mavis Diment passed away on July 18.
Mavis was on the MLRM Board and served actively for many years until she began a battle with cancer. In April she had surgery to remove a malignant tumor from her brain. She followed that with chemo and radiation. In 2006 she had ovarian peritoneal cancer and what they found in the brain was also peritoneal.
Please pray for her family and church family as they grieve their loss but also rejoice that “all these former things have passed away” for Mavis.

Click on this link to read Mavis’ obituary.