A Note From Our Associate Pastor:Pastor Marian Royston
The Lord has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.
I think it goes without saying that we have much to be thankful for this year. This time last year, in-person gatherings were strongly discouraged. The pandemic was raging, and we still had no idea when vaccines would be available. Worship services were conducted online, and there was a bit of fear in the air as we stared down the winter season. We could only pray for the day when we could all be together again, and hope that the time came sooner rather than later.
Thanks be to God that this year is different. Sunday’s Harvest celebration felt like a big homecoming. As I looked out onto the congregation on Sunday, I couldn’t help but think of the lyrics to the hymn “Sweet, Sweet Spirit:”
There’s a sweet, sweet Spirit in this place,
And I know that it’s the Spirit of the Lord;
There are sweet expressions on each face,
And I know they feel the presence of the Lord.
The Spirit of the Lord was present among us as we celebrated, worshipped, remembered, and gave thanks. After the challenges that we’ve faced over the past eighteen or so months how can we not give thanks for being able to share such a special time together? Despite our continued challenges with the pandemic and the ups and downs of daily life, Sunday served to remind us of God’s faithfulness.
This week, we celebrate Thanksgiving. For many families, Thanksgiving will be a much more festive experience than it was this time last year. For everyone celebrating on Thursday, it is my prayer that you find joy as you break bread with your loved ones. We have sown our tears, let us begin to reap joy (Psalm 126:5).
Thank You Center Grove family and friends for another awesome Harvest Celebration! You may click the link below to view the 78th Harvest Souvenir Book.
November 28, 2021
Join us for our Worship Celebration on Sunday at 11:00 a.m.via In-Person, or Facebook Live on the Center Grove United Methodist Church Facebook page.
You can also join our live streaming celebration via the following media outlets:
Church Website: http://centergroveumc.org/
Remember The Sick & Home-bound
Mrs. Gladys Jacobs
Mrs. Madgie Jamar
Ms. Marjorie Ewing
Mrs. Cora King
Ms. Theresa Hope
Mrs. Zena Love Hill
Mr. Carl Bradley
Mrs. Barbara Baker
Mrs. Ollie Gilliam
Pastor Ruth J. Smith
Mrs. Carla Larry
Rev. Carolyn Hillard
Mr. Matthew Baker
Bereaved Family: The Readus Family