Dan Kelly: Grandchild's christening a joyous event

If anyone had told me I would one day find myself sitting in the First United Methodist Church of Pflugerville, Texas, I would not have believed them.

But there I was in the third pew, front and center, looking over at my son, Elliott, and his pretty wife, Allison Brown Kelly. When they were at Texas State, they were so close that their friends referred to them as Ellison.
On Elliott's lap was my first grandchild, Sadie Grace Kelly, waiting to be christened. 
Why a Methodist church?


I asked Elliott and he said it was a happy compromise.


Allison's parents are Baptist, and proud alums of Baylor University in Waco, Texas.


My family is Irish Catholic, and that's pretty much the way Elliott and my daughter, Morgan, were raised.


Elliott and Ally, as we call her, looked around and settled on the Methodist method of worship.

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It was a fun service. There was a rock band and a choir of six that sounded more like 60. I knew I was in Texas when the band played "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," during one of the interludes in the joyous proceedings.


After the service, the pastor called on Elliott and Ally to bring Sadie Grace up into the sanctuary. A set of triplets was also being christened, or baptized, that day.  Continue reading...

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