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Pentecost Begins

A new season in the Christian calendar begins on May 24, Pentecost Sunday.  The word Pentecost comes from the Greek, Pentekoste, the 50th day after the Sabbath of Passover week (Leviticus 13:15-16).  Originally, Pentecost was the occasion on which faithful Jews gathered to celebrate The Feast of Weeks (Deuteronomy 16:9-12), an annual Jewish festival at which first fruits were offered to God.  On the Pentecost following Jesus’ death, resurrection, and ascension, the book of Acts tells us that tongues of fire rested on the believers and they were filled with the Holy Spirit (2:1-4).  

Emboldened by the power of the Holy Spirit, the disciples began to proclaim the gospel message that resulted in a harvest of new believers from many nations. Thus, Pentecost is often referred to as the “birthday” of the church.  Pentecost and the following Sundays through November comprise the season of Pentecost.  The appropriate liturgical color for Pentecost is red (like fire) that symbolizes the presence of God and His power that is available to all who believe in him.  Pentecost is a powerful reminder that we are called to carry the love and truth of God into the world, not in our own strength, but by the power of God’s Holy Spirit dwelling within us and working through us.  In the spirit of Pentecost, may we renew our effort here at Cross Keys to go into the world and to make disciples of all nations in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).  

Grief Ministry

A Journey of Remembrance and Love…..You are not alone

The first session of our Grief Support Ministry was held on April 15th.  The fellowship, prayer, Scripture reading and interactive discussion that we enjoyed helped to make our time together successful.. >>MORE

 

Scholarships

As many you of you know, each spring, Cross Keys UMC offers a limited number scholarships to college students each year. Any person attending or planning to attend a college as a full time student for the entire school year may apply. Scholarship recipients are limited to four(4) scholarships. The scholarship applications will be available in the Church vestibule and in the Church office. If you would like an application emailed to you, please contact Gi Pease [CKUMC administrative assistant] at office@crosskeyschurch.org. or call the Church office at 856-728-3342. The scholarship applications are due by midnight on Sunday, May 31, 2015. The completed applications may be emailed or given to Gi Pease at the church office or to me at the above email address. [If you are leaving with me at the piano in the Church, please make sure that you let me know that you have left it there]. Please feel free to contact Dawn Jennings, Pastor Jeff, or Karen Johnson if you have any questions. 
 
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