Grace and peace to you in the
name of our God who is a God of community – a God whose Holy Spirit
came upon the disciples on the Day of Pentecost to create community
out of what surely seemed to be chaos. Let us remember that
Pentecost is more than a holiday, more even than a holy day.
Pentecost is a movement – a movement of the Holy Spirit among God’s
people, a movement that creates community from chaos, a movement that
began on that first Day of Pentecost and continues to and through
Holy Spirit is surely moving in this church, in this faith community.
Centenary UMC was a sponsor of the recent STEPS Walk event, thanks
to the Something Good Committee, and together with our team of
walkers and their generous sponsors, our church contributed over
$1300 to this major fundraising event for Catholic Charities/Turning
Point! On Wednesday, May 16th,
over seventy people gathered for the first in a renewed tradition of
Senior Luncheons. A team of enthusiastic and dedicated women are
working hard to prepare for the June opening of the Bath Community
Clothes Closet. It is located in the basement of our Sanctuary
building, and will offer free clothing for infants and children to
clients who are referred to it by various social service agencies in
our Bath community. If you are interested in learning more about it
and perhaps helping out, please call the Church Office at 776-3434.
Holy Spirit is moving in a new way among us in this season, as our
church has been invited by Bishop Mark Webb to participate in a newly
defined Conference-sponsored process designed to increase church
vitality. We are one of the first several churches invited to
participate in Team Vital, and we are learning more about the process
as this newsletter goes to press. It is a process designed to offer
already-vital churches support in their efforts to become even more
vital. A team for this exciting opportunity is being assembled, and
will begin meeting in June. Stay tuned!
June is a great month to lift
up and celebrate our life in community. Sunday, June 10 is
Children’s and Youth Sunday – we will celebrate our children and
youth, the Children’s Sunday School and Youth programs in which
they have learned and grown this past year, and we will celebrate
those adults who have enabled all that learning and growth.
On Sunday, June 17, we will
celebrate “Grads and Dads Sunday” – to honor our graduates,
fathers, and those who have been like fathers. And the month of
celebrations wraps up in the last week of June with the Bath
Haverling High School Baccalaureate Service on Thursday, June 21 at 7
p.m. in the High School Auditorium, and graduation on Saturday, June
23. Again this year it is my pleasure to work with a team of
graduating seniors to plan the Baccalaureate Service.
May the Holy Spirit of
Christian community be in us and among us as we work to spread the
Pentecost movement. May the results be, in the words of one of our
favorite praise songs, “…and they’ll know we are Christians by