Confirm and Conform

Confirm and Conform

“I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective when you perceive all the good that we may do for Christ.” Philemon 1:6

This Sunday we will be confirming seven youth who have participated in our Confirmation class for the last five months. They have met on Sunday
evenings and participated in the Confirmation retreat at Camp Glisson.
They are:
Tara Elizabeth Allen (Betsy)                Ella Grace Atkinson
Dylan Grey Alton (Grey)                       Callie Marie Atkinson
David Pender Askew, Jr. (Penn)            Arilyn Marie Lee
Isabel Grace Willerson (Gracie)

I want to thank Kevin Alton, who helped write the teacher’s guide for the curriculum “Confirm” and who is a member of Elizabeth Lee, for helping me to teach the class. I am also grateful to Melinda Askew who served as a Sunday evening counselor for the class and to Grady Atkinson for chaperoning the retreat.

I always love teaching Confirmation because it is one of the ways in which I really get to know the youth. For all that is often said about
how trying middle schoolers can be, I enjoy their humor and find them to be quick learners, even though they may protest and appear to not be
paying attention, especially on a Sunday evening!

Participating in the Confirmation class and deciding to “confirm” (make firm) the vows of baptism made by their parents when they were baptized as children is not the end of their journey, but a point along it, just
as all of us are on an ongoing journey of transformation in our journey of discipleship.

There are countless people throughout my life who have influenced me and helped form me in the faith–some of whom I can name, others I have long forgotten. Who are you currently mentoring in the faith? A child, a friend, a neighbor, a coworker, an adult in recovery, someone who did not grow up in a Christian home or has never been a part of the body of
Christ? There is someone the Spirit is leading each of us to nurture in the faith. Let us pay attention to the Spirit’s nudging and pass on what
others have passed on to us.

See you Sunday!

P.S. Remember to use your ELUMC parking permits. There’s a bike race
making a pass through town. Extra parking is available right next to the
church at the Gordon Lee mansion.


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