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May 2017: "The Busy Month of May"

Dear Friends in Christ,

An Old-Fashioned Homecoming

Homecoming is always a wonderful experience for us, isn't it? We get a chance to see folks we've not seen in some time, celebrate a remarkable history, and share some really good food with each other! This year, as our Family Life Center is scheduled for completion in mid-June, our Homecoming meal will be an "old-fashioned picnic on the grounds" at Connor Recreation Center. We will all bring enough picnic-style food for our own families and a bit more and spread it all out on tables. Folks can bring picnic blankets to spread on the ground, tailgate, or use the picnic tables under the shelter. Who knows, we might even have a pick-up softball game! I will deliver the Homecoming Message this year during both worship services, as later in the month, I will be out for three or four Sundays recovering from hip replacement surgery. (Afterward, I would be able to leap over tall buildings with a single bound again!) So do plan on joining us for a wonderful 228th Homecoming celebration!

Memorial Day Weekend Worship Services

This year we will be blessed to have our own Brian Cropper as our Memorial Day worship speaker. Brian has served our country in a variety of ways over the years. Le me introduce him to you. After graduating from the University of Maryland in 1980, Brian was hired by the U.S. Secret Service, Uniformed Division, as an Officer assigned to the White House during President Reagan's administration. Brian left the Secret Service for a position as a Special Agent/Polygraph Examiner with the National Security Agency. After two years, Brian moved on to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service as a Special Agent/Polygraph Examiner. Brian then took a Special Agent/Polygraph Examiner position at the Department of Defense, Office of Inspector General, Defense Criminal Investigative Service. He eventually retired in 2013 as a Special Agent in Charge from the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General. After retiring, Brian was re employed by the government as a Special Agent with the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction in Virginia. In August 2015, Brian took another assignment with the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, until the end of his assignment in September 2016. Brian met his wife Karen while both were investigators with the Department of Defense, Office of Inspector General. Karen retired in 2014 as an Investigator for the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. Brian and Karen have lived in Sherrills Ford for 4 years since moving here from Maryland. They have five wonderful children. Brian and Karen joined Rehobeth while he was on assignment in Afghanistan.

Lay Servants Leading Worship

During my recovery from hip replacement surgery on May 17, our Lay Leader, Cheryl Hamby, and our Staff-Parish Relations Committee chair Dr. Steve Pickard will be leading our worship services and "standing in the gap" for me. I appreciate the dedication of these two remarkable "lay servants."

Yours in the service of Christ and the Church,


Rehobeth United Methodist Church • 9297 Sherrills Ford Road • P.O. Box 356 • Terrell, NC 28682
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