May 2018 Newsletter
May 1, 2018, 8:00 AM

This year, the month of May is an incredibly important time in the life of the church and in the life of the community. For this is a month of celebration.

We will celebrate those within our community and within the life of the church who will be graduating from high school, college, technical school, or a post-graduate program. We will celebrate those accomplishments for those within our congregation on May 27. If you or member of your family is graduating from one of those educational institutions above, please contact the church office so that we can forward that information on to the appropriate people.

Also, on May 20th Redeemer will help celebrate all those within the community who are graduating from Newberry Academy and Newberry High School with a Baccalaureate Service that is hosted by the Downtown Ministerial Association Churches. This is truly a special event to be a part of, especially for those families who get to see their young graduates walk down the aisle wearing their caps and gowns. Just one more opportunity for them to celebrate this significant accomplishment in their lives! This year’s preacher for Baccalaureate will be Rev. Elizabeth Morgan from St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.

As significant as those celebrations are (and they are significant and I’m so happy for Redeemer to be a part of those moments of joy in the life of the community and the congregation), I am looking forward to being able to celebrate our confirmation students this year – May 20, Pentecost Sunday! Six young men and women will complete their three-year journey through confirmation: AC Cary, Emma Chapman, Madeleine Long, Philip Livingston, Ben Lindsay, and Stephen Senn.

They’ve learned a lot (probably more than they’ll admit), they’ve grown, they’ve participated, they’ve been active in the church in numerous ways, they’ve fussed, they’ve laughed, they’ve been a part of my formation in faith during these three years as well.

Of course, there is something a bit different about completing Confirmation studies. It isn’t a graduation. When you finish Confirmation, your life, growth, and study as a follower of Christ doesn’t end. You continue to learn. You continue to grow. You continue to live into this life of faith that you are called into. Confirmation is a continuation of this journey of faith that we are all a part of. I really do love to celebrate it!

May is a busy month, but it is a month full of celebration for the community! Amen!

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