Dear Church Family,
Ever since Jr. High School, I have played music that was dedicated to an individual or commissioned by a group to honor someone. I frequently wondered about the people that were commemorated. Who were they? What kind of dedication and service did they provide? What manner of people were they to inspire that level of appreciation and respect? To me, that was one of the highest compliments one could give to a musician. I NEVER imagined that someday I, too, would be honored in such a way!
I understand that my dear husband, Pat, and our choir director Carlyn Zimmermann, were the motivating forces behind this action. However, without the cooperation of Pastor Janice, other staff members, and all of YOU – the congregational members – this could not have happened. I’ve always thought I was pretty astute at picking up subtleties and clues. Thus, I cannot believe ALL of you were able to keep this a secret from me for at least two months. I salute you!
As I mentioned in my recent Minute for Mission, we just completed our Attitude of Gratitude financial campaign. Throughout the entire campaign, I was reminded of so many people within our congregation for whom I am grateful! When Pat and I married sixteen years ago, you welcomed Katie and me with open arms. When my mother died suddenly, you were there to comfort us and share our burden. You’ve been members of my Deacon flock, served with me on various committees, or helped with a myriad of projects. I have witnessed countless occasions when you gave of your time and finances to help people in need, provide assistance during emergencies, or send members to a mission field. I truly believe each one of you takes your vow seriously to serve God with energy, intelligence, imagination, and love. It is an honor for me to be a part of this congregation and I sincerely thank you for your recognition and gift.