|Beauty rises from the Mountains|
As I continue to celebrate three years of mission development in Union and Grainger County, the blessings of our relationship with other Christians is deeply appreciated. Glenmary considers ecumenism ... building bridges with other Christian denominations... as an important missionary principle.
|Pastor Frank visiting with Br. Craig|
|Pastor Ken receiving a plague of appreciation from Fr. Steve|
|Joint Bible School in Maynardville|
Both of these churches with Blessed Teresa of Calcutta have formed a Community Thanksgiving Service which will be in its fourth year. We have prayed in all three churches together and have shared preaching responsibilities. Our hope this year is to expand this with more churches joining in.
|Pastor Brian to offer prayer at Fr. Steve 25th anniversary|
The relationships between members of our various churches are a beautiful reflection of the Body of Christ becoming more and more unified.
|Pastor Ryan praying at Catholic Church with Pastor Chan about to preach|
In Grainger County a strong relationship has been built between Rutledge Baptist Church, Rutledge Methodist Church and St. John Paul II Catholic Mission. The two pastors and myself, or my two close friends, (it is the same thing) meet once a month for conversation, shared reflection, prayer and lunch. We currently have formed a Community Food Pantry. We have done charitable acts distributing with food, cloth and toys as opportunities have arisen. We aim to support one another both personally and in our ministry.
|Baptist Choir singing at Methodist Church with the Catholic Priest about to preach|
|Joint Bible School in Rutledge|
|Friends at the Methodist Church now attending Bible Study at JP II|
Also, Br. Craig has taken on a special ministry. Every Sunday after the nine o'clock English Mass, he visits another Christian Church. He has been invited to about 92 of them and has visited 30 or more so far. Often times he is the first Catholic every to attend these churches and in some cases, is the first Catholic the folks have meet. These build deep relationships.
|Br. Craig and Pastor Ryan representing the joint food pantry|
|Christians United reflects the colors of God's love!|