Wow, I can't believe I have been here a year already. I feel like it has been a good year. I continue to be amazed and thanful for the support I have received. I can remember just a few weeks in, I received a phone call that Walter Riice had passed. Then a couple days later another call that Bill Thompson had unexpectedly passed. I had never done a funeral before, and now I had two in two days. You were there for me. Several of you jumped in and helped me in a number of ways. I didn't even have a suit jacket to do the funerals in. I went to the Salvation Army and bought one for three dollars. Whether you were praying for me, giving me encouragement, preparing and cleaning for a funeral dinner, or helping me with the actual funeral, your being there was amazing.
I think I know from experience that the support you all gave is not normal. It is what you should do. However, as the district lay leader I worked closely with at least two dozen or so churches, those churches did not support each other, or help and encourage like you all have at Table of Grace. I was expecting what I had experienced the last several years. I didn't expect what I received. THANKS.
Are we perfect at Table of Grace? Absolutely not, but all I can say is "wow" we are ahead of the curve so to speak. You are, you have, and you continue to show God's love. It was a year of many firsts for me and I could never have dreamt how you all have stepped up to help me, help each other, and help the community. You are making 1 Corinthians 13 come to life.
This new year will bring many more firsts for us at Table of Grace, Again are we perfect? Certainly not, but I really believe we have a big head start. I am very excited about the new firsts that are coming, the things we will do for the second time, and the visions you have for the future. I hope you all realize how well you are doing and what you have. 2019 at Table of Grace will be amazing.
HAPPY NEW YEAR