My 30th anniversary to be at Memorial is July 15th. Memorial surprised Mary and me yesterday with a day full of celebration. I didn't see it coming. I knew about the pie supper scheduled at the evening gathering (I had to proof the bulletin announcement). But I didn't see the honor by the congregation coming all morning long. We were showered with lavish gifts and words of encouragement. It's overwhelming and extremely moving to get to be a part of such an amazing congregation.
The elders had Mary and me stand at the front of the auditorium at the close of services. They asked the small group leaders to come forth with their gifts. Each had a sack containing a gift card or cash and some contained other items; one present for Mary and one for me from each group. The number of small group leaders approaching the front was amazing. And, the hundreds and hundreds of dollars in gifts are simply too much to take in.
And then, the church stood in line to hug us and individually share a special message from their heart. We are awesomely blessed to be a part of such a fascinating church family. I should never have been considered for this job in 1977. There was no reason, except by His mercy and grace, I should be selected by the elders to work here. But, it happened and I am the luckiest man I ever met.
Thank you Memorial Drive for keeping me and thank you many readers who have been so good to cheer me on along the way. I'm just getting started!