June 2017 Newsletter
June 1, 2017, 12:00 AM

Grace and peace to y’all!

What an incredibly busy month of May! Two weddings, Baccalaureate Service for Newberry High School and Newberry Academy, Synod Assembly, hospital visits, phone calls, and all the other things that make ministry a beautiful chaos!

June is packed as well. We’ve got Vacation Bible School with our partner in ministry Central UMC – June 12-15 from 5:30-8:30 each evening. The second-year confirmation students are heading up to Lutheridge for a week of camp – June 11-17. We all get to celebrate in two years of ministry together as pastor and people! Time flies doesn’t it?

We begin this month of June with Pentecost Sunday. Such a wonderful opportunity to remember the Holy Spirit’s in-dwelling within us, sending us out in Jesus’ name to share, proclaim, and care with and for all in the world! For me, that ‘Pentecost’ moment hit when I was a camp counselor during the summer after my first year at Newberry College.

What a wonderful time full of fun, laughs, frustrations, tears, and lots of mosquito bites.

I am incredibly excited to go back to camp for a week with our confirmation students. To watch them and the other students from our cluster learn and grow. Having a truly formational experience.

Camp is very much like Pentecost. The Holy Spirit guides us into places, in the path of people, and in ways we wouldn’t expect. Talking in ways that you couldn’t have imagined being able to do without the guidance and presence of God. Hearing others speak and saying, “Wow… I don’t quite know what’s going on, but I know God must be here!”

Please keep our confirmation students, their future counselors, all our adult leaders, and all campers in your prayers not only this month, but throughout the summer.

May God continue to bless each of you in unique and wonderful ways!

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