Monday, September 29, 2014

I Hate Goodbyes

Before my last sermon as the pastor of Catawba UMC I showed this clip to lighten the mood.  I think it helped.  I will never forget my time as the pastor of this amazing group of people.  A few memories:

- My first Sunday I shook hands with James Lowrance and said "Hi, I'm Rich" he said "I'm poor."  Turns out he thought I was a member of the youth group.

- Mikayla and Bayley's first time hearing an organ...they were so surprised by the sound.

- Holding the hands of Mikayla and Bayley as they danced to some of the faster songs...Mikayla stopped doing this within the first year...I think it took Bayley about two years.

- Forgetting the water for Hayden's Baptism...thank you to the Brackett's for laughing with me about it instead of being mad!

- The Santa Clause situation (I know it wasn't a fun time in the life of the church, but it was an important time that I will always remember).  I know I could've handled it with a lot more maturity and often wish I could go back and do it over.  I would still make the same decision but I would have handled it with wisdom and carefulness.

- The CCC trips.  These mission trips were tremendous times of growth in my own faith and I'm thankful for the church supporting such an amazing ministry.

- The hiking, sunshine club, youth and superstars trips.  Such great times of fun and fellowship.

- Ronnie taking me skeet shooting and target shooting.  I think I used about 10 different guns.  So fun and I want to do it again!

- The phone calls to Phillip about something wrong with the parsonage or one of our cars and his willingness to always help.

- The overall grace, generosity and love that me and my family received by the people of this church...thank you doesn't quite do our gratitude justice.

Since I hate goodbyes...I will just say "until next time."


Sandra Galloway said...

We will miss you Crys and the girls, you have been a truly amazing pastor and have brought our little church into the "New" world. Good luck on your new journey. Until next time!

Donna said...

Pardon the pun, but you have made us "richer" in our love of God, knowledge of scripture and service for others. The past four years went by much too quickly. Your new congregation is in for a blessing! Go with God....