Hart’s UMC cel­e­brates for­mer pas­tor with stained glass in­stal­la­tion

Cecil Whig - - RELIGION - By JANE BELLMYER

NORTH EAST

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— Hart’s United Methodist Church will hold its an­nual home­com­ing ser­vice Sun­day at 11 a.m., but this year the gather­ing holds spe­cial mean­ing.

While home­com­ing is a Methodist tra­di­tion, Hart’s will have a spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion hon­or­ing the mem­ory of the late Norma Bai­ley who pa­s­tored the church from 1985 to 1995, ac­cord­ing to Hank Passi, a mem­ber of the church on Tur­key Point Road near North East.

“I be­came a mem­ber as a re­sult of Rev. Bai­ley,” Passi said Tues­day. He said their com­mon in­ter­est in sports made the friend­ship even more en­dear­ing.

Bai­ley died in Fe­bru­ary, sev­eral years af­ter re­tir­ing. She was as­signed to Hart’s as a stu­dent pas­tor and then served over 17 years at Christ United Methodist Church in Sal­is­bury un­til her re­tire­ment, when she re­turned to Ce­cil County and set­tled in Ce­cil Woods.

To honor Bai­ley, Hart’s con­gre­ga­tion had stained glass win­dows in­stalled in the church.

“These are over 100 years old,” Passi said of the col­or­ful win­dows. “They came from a Pres­by­te­rian church in Ne­wark. When the Uni­ver­sity of Delaware took over the build­ing, the win­dows were do­nated to the church.”

In stor­age for more than 20 years, some­one sug­gested they fi­nally be in­stalled in mem­ory of Bai­ley.

“The real spe­cial part of this ser­vice will be the ded­i­ca­tion of the win­dows,” Passi noted.

In­stalled two weeks ago, the church com­mis­sioned a Vir­ginia com­pany to cus­tom­ize the win­dows to the eight as­signed lo­ca­tions in the sanc­tu­ary.

“Not very many churches have win­dows like these,” the re­tired colonel said. “What a way to cel­e­brate home­com­ing!”

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JOE ANTOSHAK

Hart’s UMC has in­stalled new stained glass win­dows to honor its late Rev. Norma Bai­ley, who pa­s­tored the church from 1985 to 1995.

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