May is always the month of many transitions. Folks begin to go and come for graduations, spring weddings, year-end school activities, concerts, and many other special occasions
This year ushers in both the usual transitions at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, like welcoming members of the Confirmation Class into church membership, the winding down of the program year, and the gearing up for summer’s special activities of Vacation Bible Camp and mission trips, as well as special endings and beginnings.
This coming Sunday we will welcome our newly called Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care and Senior Adults, Mary Steege, as she begins her ministry among us. And while we meet Mary with a warm BMPC welcome, we will also begin to say our goodbyes to Kellen Smith after six years here leading youth ministry. While Mary will be helping lead worship in the Sanctuary, Kellen will be hosting a special Youth Gathering in the gym to share his thanksgiving for his time at BMPC and his sense of call to lead the congregation of the First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton in Illinois.
Also, this Sunday’s Annual Meeting of the Congregation after the 10:00 a.m. worship service will include the usual yearly things and mark a special moment of transition in the life of this congregation. The usual things are the updates on the church’s ministry, program and financial health, but they are ever evolving into special news about burgeoning mission initiatives and excitement about areas of growth as a Christian community.
So in the midst of the comings and goings of the month of May, I invite you to remember these transitions are a gift from God that enable us to look back with thanksgiving and to look forward with hope toward something new dawning. Join me in marking this important season with gratitude and confidence that God is doing amazing new things among us!