Class of 2016 Celebrates Baccalaureate

The Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville senior class celebrated baccalaureate on Thursday, June 23. at the St. Johnsville United Methodist Church.  Sixty family, friends, and community members came to support and celebrate the seniors.   Pastor Martin Glynn of Grace Christian Church welcomed everyone to the service and led the congregation in prayer and a responsive reading.  Sarah Nellis led the singing and was accompanied on the electric piano by Karen Jones.  Cynthia Smith, senior and salutatorian of her class, read Proverbs 1: 8,9 which states, “My child, listen when your father corrects you. Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction. What you learn from them will crown you with grace and be a chain of honor around your neck”.  Pastor Cory Jones, of the United Methodist Church, spoke about these verses in relation to wisdom, “In today’s world, the value of wisdom seems to be very understated. Mainly because wisdom is something acquired over time, you can’t rush
it. In a world where we want things quicker and faster with every passing year, wisdom is something that takes time. So when people give you advice be respectful and listen to them. Whether it’s your parents, grandparents, teachers, coaches, mentors, whomever. The wisdom they’ve gained in their lifetime will be of more value to you than anything. As the writer of this scripture tells us, what you learn from them will crown you with grace and be a chain of honor around your neck. So when someone gives you advice, don’t dismiss it. Take it to heart, because someday you will be the one passing that wisdom on to someone else.”  Pastor Tom Jones, of Bethesda Fellowship, asked each senior to come forward to introduce him or herself.  At the conclusion of the service, the students and congregation were invited to enjoy a barbecue dinner in the church hall.  Thank you to the churches and community members who donated money, time, food, and labor to making this event a success.