Dear Church Family,
After being showered with words of praise during his retirement reception, Harry Emerson Fosdick reportedly said, “I must confess that more than once this evening I have thought about a funeral service where the minister delivered so eloquent and laudatory words over the dead that when he finished, the deceased man’s wife got up and looked in the coffin to be sure there had not been a mistake.”
I can definitely relate to this story, and am quite sure Paula can as well!
Sunday was an amazing and unforgettable day. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your beautiful and gracious expressions of appreciation, during our Sunday morning worship service, at the afternoon reception, and in personal notes, calls and visits.
No one would recommend it as a healthy place to take up permanent residence, but over the past few weeks, I have thoroughly enjoyed and benefitted from frequent visits
along “Memory Lane.”
I have discovered that bringing our memories into focus and reflecting on the things that bring meaning to our lives, help us discern the movement of God’s spirit in our lives.
It is good to remember where we have been, what we have done, and especially, to remember those with whom we share this gift we call life.
Reminiscence has served to remind me of the profound importance of our efforts to shape our life together in a manner consistent with our faith and consistent with what we think it looks like to be the body of Christ in this community. Let me say this again: What we do here is vitally important!
Paula joins me in thanking you for the great privilege of serving alongside you. In more ways than we can possibly express, this family of faith has enriched our lives and the lives of our two sons, David and Hanes.