What a Wonderful Day!!
The word “THANKS” just doesn’t seem to be enough to convey our deep appreciation for everything that was done to make our retirement Sunday so wonderful. The worship service was just so meaningful, from the opening call to worship to the beautiful benediction and blessing. The sanctuary was extra-beautiful with its recent “face-lift” and the gorgeous flower arrangements. Special thanks to Brock who came to serve on his wedding day! And the choir, as always, made the worship joyful with all the variety of anthems, while Kayse and Cleff played for us so beautifully. We are also grateful to Madison and Neal who offered their amazing voices to sing for our last morning worship with Bethesda.
And then there was…….THE PARTY!! The many days of planning and preparation and hard work that went into this day are so appreciated. As we walked into the fellowship hall (which always looks beautiful), we were amazed by the transformation into a lovely reception hall. There was so much food, so delicious, and so beautifully arranged. Wow! We are grateful to Nell Morris who traveled with her husband, Allen, all the way from Augusta to play her harp throughout the afternoon for our enjoyment. The special words from our leadership will be remembered with love. The slide presentation, put together by Kevin and Jill Murphy; and all the pictures added to the fun with happy memories. With Andy Brooks videoing the entire afternoon, we will be able to enjoy it over and over again.
Having our family members here with us made the day even better than we thought it could be. And we are always overwhelmed by the generosity of this congregation! The monetary gift and other expressions of love will be remembered always. Perhaps the most precious memories of this great day will be all the PEOPLE who came…..people who took the time to spend the afternoon celebrating with us as we enter a new phase of life. Thanks to each one of you! What a wonderful day!
Love, John and Mary Elizabeth