Pastor's Message

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Greeting Bath Church!

I am so ready to head into this Fall season when the weather gets a little cooler and the holidays are right around the corner and school is back in full swing (sort of). This is my favorite time of year.

This summer was slightly low energy at Bath, as well as the rest of the world. This pandemic has worn out its welcome and I think we’re all growing a little weary of wearing masks and distancing from those we love to spend time with. I am hopeful that this new Fall season will encourage our creative spirits to care for ourselves and others in safe and meaningful ways.

Session has been discussing ways to gather socially online. Stay tuned for updates. The worship committee is working out a plan to safely observe communion, especially for World Communion Sunday, the first Sunday in October. We will also begin discussions on what music and carols look like during the holidays with our current “no singing” guidelines.

*Session is creating a sub-committee for COVID-19 response. All are invited to participate! Susan Lockwood will be heading up the committee initially and they will be responsible for reporting back to Session on the current state and county guidelines, as well as how worship is meaningful for Bath participants. Please consider joining this subcommittee and adding your input!

* So many thanks for all your generosity toward our many missions, especially lately to Rescue Me, Huber Heights school, FISH and the Samaritan Homeless Clinic. To reduce confusion and congestion, Session would like to ask that when you bring donations to church, please label which mission they are intended for and leave them in your pew during Sunday worship. The mission committee will collect all items after worship and get them where they need to be.
Thanks for your help with this!

* Beginning in September, the church doors will not be opening until 10:40 on Sunday mornings. We ask that you wait in your car or in the parking lot until then to reduce time spent in close quarters in the sanctuary. As the weather gets colder, we will most likely be modifying this.

Many, many thanks to J.O. Miller for agreeing to fill the Treasurer role after Steve Mast moves to Finley in October. J.O. and Steve have begun the transition process now, so you may notice them both filling treasurer roles through September.

I continue to want to be as accessible to you all as possible. I am continuing to hold Wednesday office hours 10-4 (please wear a mask when you enter the church building). I can be reached at:
Phone/text at (937)903-8188
Email at

I will return your message as soon as I can if I do not answer immediately. Session is continuing to form and mold the congregational care committee, chaired by Donna Swingley to assist with care for all as well.

In Christ’s Peace,
Pastor Emily