Dear Fellow Members in Christ
Sunday, July 22nd will be my last Sunday to worship with you in the Church that I have loved for over 44 years. The hardest part of moving is leaving the ones you love as well as the things that you have loved. As most of you know I lost my dear Mary a little over 3 years ago. Life has been lonely without her but my Church has always been there for me. It has been during these three years that I have come to love an area in Florida and a community where I have been a snow bird. It is here, Sebring, Fl., that I will be moving to on the 26th of July.
In April of 1974 Mary twisted my arm to attend church that had just started, Community Lutheran. I finally consented but wanted to make sure we sat in the back row so I could “sneak” out after the service. When we walked in to the service that Sunday morning there was no back row as there was only 6 couples there and the chairs were arranged in a semi-circle. It was then that I learned of the love that the people of CLC had for one another and new strangers. Two American Baptist preacher kids became Lutherans that Sunday morning.
As the church grew so did our love for all that CLC stood for. So much that during the next 44 years I serviced as council president 3 different times and was on council in other capacities also. Mary served as choir director for 10 years. I taught Sunday School, first as 3rd and 4th grade, then middle school and finally high school kids. I am proud to say that I have watched some of those kids grow up and have families of their own and are members of CLC today.
I am hoping that those of you who do not know me but take the time to read this will find the love and support of this “your family” at CLC and support of its mission. No church can run effectively with just a paid staff but it needs volunteers to fill all the vital mission activities of the church life. Not only does CLC need you time and talents but your willingness to give, from your heart, some of the gifts that God has given you. When I walk out the door on the 22ndmy body will be leaving but my heart will always be here with the people of CLC.
GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU AND THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU HAVE GIVEN ME.