United Methodist Day at the Phillies to feature Army Chaplain

United Methodists are urged to come celebrate their special day together at the Philadelphia Phillies home baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Saturday, June 28, starting at  2:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park,1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia, Pa. They will honor a special guest, one of their own, the U.S. Army’s Deputy Chief of Chaplains, who will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Brigadier General Charles Bailey (left), a United Methodist chaplain, has served for 30 years around the world in the U.S. Army and is now stationed at the Pentagon. He previously commanded Army chaplains in Europe and is a clergy member of the Central Texas Conference.

A special weekend guest of the United Methodist Men of the Eastern PA Conference, he will speak at a Men’s Prayer Breakfast that morning at Janes Memorial United Methodist Church (UMC) at 47 E. Haines St., Philadelphia, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. He will then preach Sunday morning at West Lawn UMC, 15 Woodside Ave., Reading, Pa.

Saturday’s main event, United Methodist Day at the Phillies, is the conference’s annual gathering of members and their families and friends, whether Phillies fans or not, for fun and fellowship. Churches can have their names displayed on the Phillies scoreboard.  A choir from Kockenderfer UMC, Lebanon, will sing “America the Beautiful” and the National Anthem while Bishop Peggy Johnson signs the lyrics. Bishop Johnson will also greet attendees at the prayer breakfast that morning.

Special section seating at the game is limited; so order tickets today at www.phillies.com/methodist, or contact Scott McDade in the Phillies Sales Office at 215-218-5434. The net proceeds from tickets sold through this United Methodist event will benefit ministries of United Methodist Men.

“This is a great opportunity for your members and friends and your youth to meet and fellowship with each other,” said United Methodist Men’s President Ross Brightwell. “Spend the morning in Philadelphia; visit historical sites, museums and other popular venues. Then come to the ballpark to cheer on the home team in an exciting, competitive ballgame. You’ll be home before dark with plenty of time to prepare for Sunday morning. We hope people will spread the word before and after the game about what a great time of fun, fellowship and relaxation this gathering is.”

Brightwell urges men from all churches to also attend the prayer breakfast at Janes Memorial and “to bring young men with them to hear one of America’s heroes.”  A freewill offering will be received. Please make reservations by June 24 by calling or e-mailing Nathan Thomas at 215-927-5072 or nathan2704@hotmail.com.

By John W. Coleman, EPA Conference Communications Director