Dear Church Family,
For the last few newsletters, Billie has been writing about various staff members, providing juicy tidbits most of us did not know! In her profiles of our staff, Billie’s love for each shows right through each of them. That is Billie! Someone in the choir said, “When she came, she just loved all of us and we could tell it, so we just loved her right back!” And that is indeed what has happened – all over Grace. Billie has loved us so unconditionally and authentically that we have all just loved her right back!
Billie’s last Sunday with us, her last official day with us, is – appropriately – Pentecost Sunday! Let the drums begin their beat and let the Spirit begin to move! We will spend that day worshiping together, being served Holy Communion by Billie, and hearing from her. I cannot think of a better way to spend Pentecost.
I know that Billie’s spirit will stay with us, because someone cannot love you that much and not leave some of that love with us – to encourage us, to remind us, to support us in our daily
walk. Billie will be here with us this Sunday, serving communion with me, and she will be here on Pentecost Sunday as well. (On Mother’s Day, we are “loaning” her to Lovers Lane United Methodist Church to preach there!)
I am so glad that Bill Bryan helped Billie find Grace. It has been a win-win! I look forward to seeing you in church this Sunday, or on Saturday, if you are attending the women’s retreat!
Grace and Peace,