For more nine months, April 19, 2015 has been marked on our calendars to celebrate 200 years. Now, it’s finally here!
I love history, and church history and Methodist history, in particular, so preparing for this anniversary has been a joy. It has also been a challenge to learn more about events that are not well documented!
I will share more about the Centre Grove history in the future, but for now, I simply want to share a bit about what we have planned for this Sunday.
On Sunday, April 19, 2015, we have four events planned …
- 9:00 a.m. Historical Reflection: Cathie Hughes, a local historian, will discuss what was happening in this part of the world 200 years ago as it was being formed. I will share what was going on in Methodism, and specifically, in this community.
- 10:15 a.m. Worship Celebration: We are excited to welcome some former pastors back, as well as some who’ve gone into ministry from Centre Grove over the years. And, we’re extremely excited that Bishop Jeremiah Park is going to be here to preach and celebrate Holy Communion with us!
- 12:30 p.m. Lunch: We will enjoy a special lunch together.
- 2:00 p.m. Hymn Sing & Sharing Time: The singing of hymns will be interspersed with sharing of memories by former pastors and others.
My hope and prayer is that this day will be a celebration of what God has done in and through the people called Methodist at Centre Grove (and its predecessor churches, Centre and Pleasant Grove).
God is faithful!
I am excited to be part of this historic event, and I’m truly honored to be the pastor of Centre Grove UMC for such a time as this!