Did you know ... there are places where the distance between earth and eternity is so small that you can sense something of the next world? The first weekend after Allhallowtide (October 31-November 2) is a great time to talk about such special places. This Sunday, I'll preach from Revelation 7:9-17 and Luke 6:20-31, and we'll remember those precious saints of Centenary who have gone home to the Lord in the past year.
Did you know ... Barratt's Chapel, in Delaware, is the oldest surviving church building in the United States built by and for Methodists? It's sometimes known as the "Cradle of Methodism" because it was the site where, in 1784, Bishops Thomas Coke and Francis Asbury planned the Christmas Conference, at which the Methodist Episcopal Church--the ancestor of the United Methodist Church--was organized. That was a long time ago, but our congregation is even older! Centenary was established in 1772 by Rev. Joseph Pilmoor. It was originally called Andrews Chapel and was located on Hancock Street. The present sanctuary was built in 1904, so while Centenary isn't the oldest Methodist building in America, our congregation is the oldest continuing Methodist congregation south and east of Baltimore. God has blessed us so richly over the last 250 years!