In a few short weeks, we will be celebrating Maundy Thursday, the night that Jesus’ followers gathered around the table for a last supper with our Lord. Last Thursday night, another gathering of Jesus’ followers took place around a large table at Pinewood, as we bid farewell to two of Jesus’ most devoted disciples: Patti Cahoon and Lisa Alley.
Patti, as many of you know, is retiring to “spend the rest of my life enjoying the time that God gives to me and my husband Larry,” and looks forward with anticipation to “many years together serving God in other areas of His work and ministries.” She feels “blessed [to be] here at Central,” and “enjoyed my years of service.”
We are also losing Lisa, who is leaving Central to take a position working with the elderly of our community, one that will allow her to serve those in need, as well as give her “the flexibility to be with my children more.” She is deeply appreciative of the “opportunity I have had to be in ministry with the team [here at Central] over the past 3+ years. Getting to know the wonderful folks at Central has truly been a privilege and blessing for me.”
And it goes without saying, that all of us at Central were blessed by Patti and Lisa’s work among us. And so it was that on Thursday night, our staff gathered around a large dinner table to share in a meal of celebration and to thank both of them for countless memories. Patti and Lisa were presented with two memory jars handcrafted by our own Ben Owen. And inside, the staff prepared little scrolls sharing their special memories of Patti and Lisa, memories that will last a life time.
A special word of appreciation goes to the Staff Parish Committee for honoring these two followers of Jesus in this unique and special way. And certainly, a great big THANK YOU goes out to Patti and Lisa for all they have done over their years of ministry in this special place. May God’s richest blessings be with you as you go forth to serve Him!
~ Pastor Terry