Warm Pentecost greetings!

I’m excited to share with y’all that I’ve been selected as part of the United
Methodist delegation to attend the “Consultation on Churches in Diaspora”
sponsored by World Methodist Council and to be held in England on May
30th -June 7th. In an age of migration, many Christians are longing for a
spiritual home far from their homes. This global consultation will gather
migrants, church leaders and those who are on the move and people from countries where
migrants and refugees seek to find a new home. Together, we will engage in a time of
listening, worship, learning and will explore possibilities for mission and evangelism and ask
how “being church together” might look like.

I thank the Lord for the Staff-Parish Relations Team for their overwhelming support for this trip
as part of clergy’s continuing education for ministry and professional development. I also thank
the Lord for the generosity of the Council of Bishops for providing financial sponsorship for my
travel and accommodation to England. While I’m away, Ms. Vicki Ambrose will preach on June
2nd while the pastoral care will be provided by Rev. Jane Brannock.

When I come back, I will be leading our church for Pentecost Sunday on June 9th. Pentecost is
one of the principal days of the Christian year, celebrated on the fiftieth day after Easter. The
Greek word pentecoste means “fiftieth day.” Pentecost is the day on which the Christian
church commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and others assembled
in Jerusalem. It marks the beginning of the Christian church and the proclamation of its
message throughout the world and is often referred to as the birthday of the church.
Therefore, I encourage everyone to wear something “red” on Pentecost Sunday to symbolize
the coming of the Holy Spirit.

After Pentecost Sunday, Haley Henderson, Brenda Wilson and I will join with more than 2,000
clergy and lay delegates to attend the 2019 North Carolina Annual Conference @ Greenville
Convention Center. Our daughters, Kristina and Elaine will also attend the Annual Conference
as youth delegates. I’m also excited to share with y’all that one of our young people will be
baptized by immersion on June 16th and the entire Youth Group will go on a summer retreat to
Boone, NC on June 16th-20th. Praise the Lord!

Indeed, the Spirit of God is always moving Davis Street into a new age of mission. Old
patterns and ways of being are giving way to this inbreaking Spirit, who invites us to partner
with God and with one another to bring about the Kingdom of God in this world. Acts 1:8 says,
“And you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my
witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth.”
During this Pentecost season, may we bear witness to the work of the Spirit. And let us
journey together as we work to transform lives, seek justice and restoration, impact our
community, and make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.