A United Methodist Pastor's Theological Reflections

"But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory (nikos) through our Lord Jesus Christ." - I Corinthians 15:57

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Kimes Chapel Dedication - Sunday, April 21

[From Left to Right: Charlie & Diane Eversole, Dave & June Harcum, & Rev. Bob Kimes]

Lancaster First UMC was well represented at today's chapel dedication at Wesley Ridge Retirement Community located in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. The chapel was dedicated in honor of Rev. Bob and Bettirae Kimes. Bob served as Visitation Pastor at our church several years ago.

A very generous gift by Dave and June Harcum helped to fund the new chapel and a very creative sculpture above the altar of praying hands stretching toward the sky was made by Charlie Eversole. The sculpture of metal hands was patterned after the hands of people of all ages symbolizing the diversity of God's people.

Bishop Judy Craig who served the West Ohio Conference from 1992 to 2000 offered an inspiring message of God's presence with us through all of the transitions we face in life. Part of the litany of the dedication included these words:

May this place be a holy meeting ground where body, mind, and soul find nurture. May we feel the Hands of Fatih-Seeking the Eternal in the Chancel Wall Sculpture in the opening of the childish innocent hands, to the gnarled hands opening to the Eternal on the aging journey, evidence of work, play, devotion and sacrifice.

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