The Annual Conference gathering of the Association of Retired Ministers and Spouses (ARMS) assembled in the Student Center Great Hall at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 3, 2013. ARMS President, Reverend Herb Williamson, welcomed all who gathered and gave the invocation.
Herb recognized our Bishop, Debra Wallace Padgent and she addressed the retirees, thanking us for our continuing service as both appointed supply pastors and as those involved in local church and community ministry.
He recognized Rev. Norman B. Westbrook as having come all the way from North Carolina to join us for the evening festivities. Rev. Westbrook is 90 years young and retired in 1987.
He also recognized the President of the Superannuate Homes Board, Mr. Jerry Swafford. It was a delight to have Mr. Swafford and his wife join us for this celebration.
Rev. Don Neal welcomed the newly retired to the Association and to the Banquet. Those new retirees are:
Rev. Ted Leach remembered those who have died in the past year and gave a prayer of celebration for their life, their ministry, and their memory. Those pastors and spouses whose home going we celebrated are:
Rev. Williamson also recognized the ordination class or 1963 and gave thanks for their 60 years of ministry. Those from the class who were present were:
Rev. Alton Parris was recognized by the conference for his attendance at 62 consecutive Annual Conferences. Rev. Parris and wife Jimmie were also in attendance at the ARMS Banquet.
Rev. Stewart Jackson was our entertainer for the evening. He gave renditions of his own songs that kept us all in stitches. They reminded us of the comical side of growing older.
ARMS will meet once again at Camp Sumatanga on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. We hope to see you there. More information and registration material will be sent as the time approaches.
About seven or eight years ago I volunteered to do a retiree newsletter. I really enjoy this type of work. I was on the Board of Communication when it was a joint board with Alabama/West Florida and continued through the transition to a North Alabama only board, from the Advocate newspaper to the Voice magazine, and ultimately to the web based Voice. I think it is great to have the means of “getting the word out in a timely manner.”
I know that everyone does not have access to a computer, and I know that there are those who advocate a paper newsletter mailed to you on occasion, but I also know “first hand” that there can be no newsletter without news of interest to those who receive it.
That has been the problem since my early days on the Board of Communication. Getting news for a newspaper, magazine or web based newsletter is worse that pulling teeth. I have asked on numerous occasions that people send me something that is news worthy and of interest to those of us who are retired, but still want to be informed and connected to the happenings of the Conference and the retired community. Frankly, I have had little success. One exception to that statement is Betty Gunn, who has kept me informed of the happenings of the First Tuesday Lunch Bunch. I want to give a special “thank you” to Betty, but, as all of you know, the information from one group does not make a newsletter.
It is good that we have begun having an active pastor come each month to share his or her passion for ministry. In January we had Wade Griffin from Liberty Crossings talk to us about blogging. In February we had Vicki Cater from Steele talk to us about her “ministry outside the office.” In March we had Sam Williamson talk to us about his ever changing responsibilities at Vestavia. His greatest passion is the local mission work of The Carpenter’s Hands. This month we had Jim Savage talk to us about the continuing work and growth at Riverchase UMC .
These are exciting talks and help us to remember the better times of our own ministry, but, as exciting as this gathering is, the information about it does not make a newsletter. I need real news that helps us stay connected to one another and to the Conference in general. I need your help and the help of the Bishop and Cabinet so that I can receive the news and pass it on to you.
If you are serious about wanting a newsletter, you must act. You may send the news to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by snail mail at 1670 Big Mountain Drive, Birmingham, AL 35235. Please help me keep the retirees informed and connected!
In February Vicki Cater of Steele UMC spoke to us. She told us her greatest passion for ministry was what she called “Ministry outside the office.” She spends a lot of time out in the community and , because of that, she believes she is well received by most of the population of Steele. She referred to the fact that the Nazarene church had a female pastor a number of years ago who “softened up the people” for a woman pastor. She believes that is one reason she has been well received; however, it took a lot of work outside the office for people to fully accept her as the pastor of the Methodist Church.
In March Sam Williamson spoke of his duties at Canterbury as the senior associate. He spoke of his passion as he recommended clergy for different compassion ministries. He feels that it is necessary to match the clergy to those to whom they minister. He also spoke of his dedication to the ministry to which he is most associated; the ministry of The Carpenter’s Hands. This is a ministry to the community of Birmingham and surrounding areas that reaches out to people whose homes need repairs but are not able to afford to hire the work done. Canterbury helps to fund this work and a large group of members participate in the restoration.
In April Jim Savage of Riverchase UMC spoke of the work of Riverchase. He says that on any given day/night there are so many groups meeting at the church that he cannot keep up with them. Each group provides some means of connecting with the community. He is particularly proud of the Hispanic and the Korean congregations that are part of their church family.
The First Tuesday Lunch Bunch is a group of retired Clergy and spouses who meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 1:00 pm at Chris’ Bar-B-Que on Acton road just off I-459 across from AAA. All retired clergy and spouses are encouraged to join us. For more information contact Betty Gunn (205-940-9392 or Joree Vance (205-824-8184) for more information or to inform them that you are coming so that you may be added to the count.
The First Tuesday Lunch Bunch met for lunch at Chris’ BAR BQ on Acton Road on January 8th at 1:00 pm. There were twenty-six Retired Clergy and spouses present. We sent cards to several retirees in the Conference family.
Each month in 2013 we will have a young pastor serving in the No Al Conference as a special guest to keep us informed on ideas, events and programs going on during the year. The Rev. Wade Griffith, pastor of Liberty Crossings UMC, spoke to us about how valuable our years of experience are to others, and the various ways we can share with others through social media. He suggested that each of us create a blog using our meditations, sermons, and/or teachings to be posted on the internet for others to read and be inspired by. Blogging can be done easily and without charge and can be either typed or posted as audio files. You can just type “free blogging” in your search engine to find a list of web sites that offer free space for your blog. Wade even volunteered to come to our homes to instruct us on our computers, if we needed it! Contact him at email@example.com or (205) 951-7707. Once you begin to post your blog, you can use Facebook or Twitter to refer to your blog site, or better still have others post a reference to the site on their Facebook or Twitter pages.
We were also welcomed Rev. Don Neal who brought us greetings from the Board of Superannuate Homes. He told us that we now have full occupancy of all inhabitable homes. Two homes need repairs before they can be occupied.
He also informed us that Bishop Wallace-Padgett and cabinet are instating a program for interim pastors. I first learned of this program eight years ago from Bishop Williman, but he told me we did not have it available in North Alabama. Bishop Wallace-Padgett is implementing the program with training sessions this year. The first will be this spring when a leader/leaders will be brought in from the Jurisdiction and the second will be in the fall. When a pastor has completed both sessions he/she will be certified as an “Interim Pastor” and open to temporary appointment of six months to two years in a troubled church. District Superintendants will be recommending retired clergy to attend these sessions.
Our lunch was an excellent time of fellowship, food and exchange of ideas. You may obtain more information on this group and meeting times and places from Betty Gunn 950-9392 or Joree Vance 824-8184.
On October 9, 2012 82 retired Ministers and Spouses gathered at Camp Sumatanga for our Fall gathering. We would like to thank the staff of Camp Sumatanga for the delicious meal and for taking care of us with such graciousness.
It was a great time of singing (led by Rev. John Drawhorn and accompanied by Mrs. Kelly Clegg Neal and Rev. Rich Patsios), fellowship and food. We had the opportunity to meet and hear from our Bishop, Debra Wallace-Paggett. She told us she is still formulating her vision for the Annual Conference. In the meantime she is seeking input from everyone who would like to offer it.
During our time together we remembered those Ministers and Spouses who have died since Annual Conference. Rev. Ted Leach had a special prayer of remembrance for them.
Deceased clergy/spouses since Annual Conference:
We were especially glad to see Rev. Jeff Havens who just lost his wife, Brenda Williams last week. Hopefully our time of fellowship was meaningful to him during his time of loss.
We also heard from the Director of Superannuate Homes and Ordained Ministry, Rev. Don Neal. He told us that Superannuate Homes has the highest rate of occupancy since he has become director. There are only three home vacant at present.
Under his umbrella for ordained ministry he told us that there were some 57 full time clergy scheduled to retire in the next few years, but a far smaller number in the pipeline to replace them. He reminded us that it was probably someone else who had called our attention to or confirmed God's call in our own lives, and that it is our duty, even in retirement, to help others hear that call in their lives. Just because we are retired from the appointment system, we are not retired from God's service.
Our President, Rev. Herb Williamson entertained us with a comical rendition of the word, UP. Many asked for a copy of it, so I have added it here.
I never knew one word in the English language can be a noun, verb, adj., adv. or prep.
This two-letter word in English has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word is ‘UP’. It is listed in the dictionary as an Adverb, prep, adj, noun, and verb.
It is easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP?
At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do we speak UP, and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report? We call UP our friends, brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and fix UP the old car.
At other times, this little word has real special meaning. People stir Up trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.
To be dressed is one thing but to be dressed UP is special.
And this UP is confusing: A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP.
We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night. We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP!
To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look UP the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk sized dictionary. It takes UP almost 1/4 of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions.
If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don’t give UP, you may wind UP or come UP with a hundred or more.
When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP. When the sun comes out, we say it is clearing UP. When it rains, it soaks UP the earth. When it does not rain for awhile things dry UP.
One could go on and on, but I’ll wrap; it UP, for now…. My time is UP! So I’ll shut UP!
The Rev. Dr. Mac Stinson, Chief Chaplain of the Shelby County Alabama Sheriff’s Office Chaplain’s Association attended the 39th Annual Training Seminar of the International Conference of Police Chaplains in Spokane, WA, July 9th- 13th, 2012. Chaplain Stinson was the recipient of the John A. Price “Excellence in Chaplaincy” award. This award is the highest honor awarded annually by the 2500 member organization, serving 20 nations
Chaplain Stinson began serving as a law enforcement chaplain in 1996 with Shelby County. There are over 20 Chaplains now serving with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. Chaplains help law enforcement personnel with job-related issues such as post-traumatic stress, marriage and family problems, and are frequently called out to assist law enforcement with death notifications, suicides, fatal traffic collisions, death of children and other difficult situation
The First Tuesday Lunch Bunch met the second Tuesday of July at Kairos Cafe. We were delighted to have Mrs. Doris Chestnut and Jim & Barbara Short to join us for that meeting. Bill and Betty Gunn also brought along their grandson.
Our next meeting will be September 11 at Chris Barbedque on Acton road. Chris is located in the same place as the former Richard's Barbecue. As well as bargeque, the restuarant has meat and three dinners. Plan to join us for this early Fall gathering. Contact Betty Gunn (205-940-9392) or Joree Vance (205-824-8184) for more information.
2012 Annual Conference ARMS Dinner
We had a great time of fellowship and good food at Birmingham Southern College – Norton Center on Friday, June 1, 2012. We had 200 attend, which was our largest crowd in several years.
Rev. Herb Williamson welcomed the entire group and recognized former ARMS Presidents, Rayford Etherton, Bert Goodwin, Buzz Barrett and Ralph Bates, who were in attendance.
Ted Leach was elected Vice President, replacing Herb Williamson, who has taken the President position due to the death of Gordon McKinney.
The following new retirees were recognized.
Tim J. Barnes, Roy E. Bryant, James Walter Calhoun, Kay F. Collins, David C. Cook, James C. Cotton, K. Neal Culberson, Charles Frank Gattis, Jr., Lynn Ward Moore, Roderick K. Morgan, Dale Bradley Olmstead, Arthur T. Peterson III, James A. Robey, Jr., Danny Edward Romberg, Thomas D. Russell, John E. Rutland, Jr., Harry M. Skaggs, Dalton Barton Styes, Sr., David M. Weaver, Sandra O’Quinn West
Ray T. Beard, Albertha Boddie-Boykin, Al Dean, Danny M. Ellis, Willard J. Frederick, Walter E. Jury, Joseph E. Little, Michael C. Robinson, William H. Thrasher
Lisa Carol McNutt
Cheryl Hedges Wagar
Those members who have passed away during this conference year as well as those who have died in late April and May were remembered in prayer. Those recognized at this year’s memorial are as follows.
James A. Anthony, William Wayne Hitt, Coil E. Stricklin, James N. Baccus, Carl M. Howard, Walter Bradley Tidwell, George B. Creel, Brady E. McCullough, Sr., Travis Alonzo Warlick, William C. Davis, R. Gordon McKinney, Rowe Sims Wren, Arthur G. Finch, Jr., Russell L. Proctor, Billy Gene Wright, Thomas Buel Gladney, Arthur Eugene Rowe, Sam Elbert Graham, Jerry E. Sims
Mary I. Brown, Ramona Ellen Pilkington, Vivian H. Butt, Christeen Clifton Pope, Sherry N. Earl, Mary Lou Segars, Bonita Gresham, Joel Smith, Winnie Dell Havens, Willie B. Smith, Colene F. Higginbotham, Martha Ann Stafford, Sara Harper Howell, Martha Maxwell, Wanda Gosa Parker
These who have died in late April and May are as follows: Rev. Joe Maples, Mrs. Dean Webster, Rev. Frank Lee, Mrs. Catherine Stabler, and Rev. Jimmy Nixon. These will be recognized at the 2013 Memorial Service.
The next event for ARMS will be the 10:00 AM Annual Fall Meeting on October 9, 2012 at Camp Sumatanga. We will be inviting our new bishop (as yet not known) and hopefully the bishop will be able to attend. Additional information will be sent closer to that time.
First Tuesday Lunch Bunch to Meet
The First Tuesday Lunch Bunch will meet on the Second Tuesday in July. The first Tuesday falls during July 4th week while many families have travel plans and the Kairos Kafe is closed during that week. Instead of looking for a new place to gather during a week when many might be away, our leaders have decided to postpone for one week. We hope to see you there on July 10 at 1:00 p.m. For more information contact Betty Gunn (940-9392) or Joree Vance (824-8184).
Marjorie Palmer is a member of the NAC ARMS, living in Madison, AL. She has recently written and published a book called, Winnie's Walk: A Journey of Faith and Romance. The book is a fiction piece about a widowed, UM pastor who has been appointed to a small, rural church.
She began writing Winnie’s Walk after she retired from active itineracy in 2009. She had just moved to Augusta, GA to live with her husband, who was working at Ft. Gordon. She retired, yet she knew she was not tired of sharing the good news of God’s love in Christ, and she wanted to find a new audience for this good news. A novel seemed like a natural answer.
Winnie, her alter ego, is a widow (She had been a geographical widow for half a dozen years) who is a preacher in a small, southern town near Knoxville. Her life is shaped by her need to prepare a new sermon every week. She knows well the ‘count-down’ from Monday to Saturday, as the week shrinks and her need for coming up with a new sermon grows.
Marjorie’s initial effort in writing Winnie included a sermon at the end of each chapter (each week), but her editor convinced her the sermons had to be removed. Twenty-two sermons did make a very heavy tome! She finally agreed to take the sermons out, although there is one at the end of the book.
Winnie discovers that she’s falling in love with John, a professor of philosophy at University of Chicago. John seems most interested in Winnie, but he mentioned to her that he doesn’t believe in church, which makes Winnie hesitant to tell him of her profession. As the story proceeds, this situation becomes a wonderful avenue to explore how an atheist can come to faith in God in Christ.
Another important theme that floats in the background is the sanctity of marriage. Although the opportunity for adult activity certainly presents itself, Winnie is clear that marriage involves a contract that begins at the altar or before a judge. Marjorie is displeased with much of what the media puts out to the general public. Sometimes it’s all gore and violence or it’s about inappropriate, intimate relationships. Too many people have bought the idea “two, consenting adults” can do whatever they want to. She objects to such justification, so her book points out the opposite.
She believes that readers of Winnie's Walk will feel good about themselves and have something to think about, too.
Winnie's Walk is available on Amazon.
The First Tuesday Lunch Bunch met at the Kairos Cafe for our regular monthly meeting. We have changed our meeting site once again. Kairos has ample meeting space, good service and good food. These are the best qualities for a good meeting place. We would like for all retirees and spouses to join us on the first Tuesday of each month at 1:00p.m. This invitation also includes surviving spouses of retired clergy.
At our meetings we keep up with one another and always have prayer needs and concerns expressed. We also have an opportunity to send cards to those who are going through tough times. It is good to always have a support group during those times in our lives.
We would like for you to join us. Please contact Betty Gunn, (940-9392) or Joree Vance, (824-8184) to ensure that we have a space set for you at the table.
We really missed our dear friend, Gordon McKinney, at this month's gathering. He has been very faithful to attend despite his bout with cancer and all the ramifications of his treatment. Gordon was a staple of our conference for many years and a straple of our First Tuesday Lunch Bunch as long as I have been attending and longer I'm sure. He is shone here with the other officers of ARMS.
Mrs. Naomi Williamson, clergy spouse from the Mississippi Conference, was in attendance along with her daughter, Sandy Litkenhous, Mrs. Williams has been a part of this group since moving to Alabama.
The United Methodist Church
The North Alabama Conference
â– Board of Ordained Ministry â– Pensions
â– Superannuate Homes
Cordially invites you to attend
The ARMS Dinner for
Retired Ministers and Spouses
Friday, June 1, 2012, 5:00 P.M.
Birmingham Southern College – Norton Campus Center
Special Invited Guests are the 2012 New Retirees.
There is no charge, but reservations are required.
5:00 P.M. Friday, June 1, 2012 Birmingham Southern College
Please mail this reservation form by Monday, May 14, 2012
Send your reservation form to: Regina Ergle
898 Arkadelphia Road
Birmingham, AL 35204
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
On Tuesday, September 6, 23 of our retirees and spouses gathered at Richard's Barbecue for lunch. Below are some interesting photos from the event.
Bill Gunn surrounded by Paul Owne and Paul Messer, Camp Sumatanga Pastor who was with us for the first time.
Bill and Sue Saxon were back after a 2 month absence while Bill recovered from knee replacement.
Ellen Barrett was celebrating her birthday with Betty Williamson and Emily Kitchens.
Susie Knedlik asked that we invite all retired clergy and their spouses to the Second Annual Preacherplex Ice Cream Social on Thursday, September 29, at 6:00p.m. You may bring Ice Cream, toppings, finger food desserts and a chair if you wish, or just bring yourself and prepare to have a great time! Drinks, bowls,spoons and napkins are provided.
Location of the party is on Kentucky Avenue between the parking lot of Vestavia Hills UMC vans and Ostrosky's Hair Salon.
RSVP to Norma Owen 823-4842, Joan Knapp 607-7967, or Susie Knedlik 399-6676.
At our July meeting Jesse and Linda Shaddix brought two of their grandchildren, Marissa & Tyler Newman, who were visiting with them for about a month during Summer vacation.
Bishop and Mrs. Fannin as well Bishop and Mrs. Willimon joined the Association of Retired Ministers and Spouses (ARMS) for the annual luncheon at Annual Conference in Madison on June 3. The luncheon was held at lunch this year so that more retirees could be afforded the opportunity to attend. We had 136 in attendance.
We had 21 new retirees added to our group of retirees this Annual Conference. Pictured in picture 1 (-r) are: Ed Soule, Bobby and Lorna Green, Sally and Regan Brown, Tex and Regina Ergle, Ken and Jane Smith. Pictured in picture 2 (l-r) are:Rich and Cindi Patsios, Ben and Carol Padgett, and Warren and Bonita Wilder. Those who retired but are not pictured include: Tom Duley, Joe Elmore, Jr., Sam Hardie, III, Beverly Ann Hynes-Grace, R. Franklin Johnson, Kieth Murner, Melody Florence Traylor, David Sherman Wallace, Ronald Gilbreath, John Briscoe, Jr., James R. Wood, Roger Dale McCrary, and Margaret Anne Whitsett.
Rev. Bobby Scales lifted those who have died since our last Annual Conference and their families in prayer. Those are: (Clergy) Barry H. Anderson, James Elton Beasley, Oscar David Eddleman, Marvin Edmonson, Henry Ford, Jr., Charles Gilbert, Ernest Ray Goodwin, Thurston E. Hamby, II, Charles Philip Howell, Rex Alan Manasco, William E. Milstead, Samuel D. Pickard, Al Reaves, Clarence Rice, O. J. Ridgeway, Ernest H. Smotherman, Kenneth Ray Street, and William D. Wells, Sr. (Spouses) Martha P. Burnham, Betty Clark, Minnie Doss, Margaret Van Cleave Handley, Robbie L. Holcomb, Yvonnia Johnson, Calvin Lambert, Georgia Hollis McCain, Diane McCrary, Winnie Murphree, Shelvey Parker, Frances Railey, Willene H. Ray, Louise H. Scott, Altrue J. Stewart, Jessmer Glenn Terry, Inez Wallace, Marilyn Warlick, and Jackie L. Williams.
The Fall meeting of ARMS will be held at Camp Sumatanga at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 11, 2011. We look forward to seeing each of you there. Just a reminder; dues were raised to $10 per person last year. Dues can be paid at any of the ARMS meetings or forwarded to the treasurer, Rev. Jim Napp at 2036 Kentucky Ave., Vestavia Hills, AL 35216.
Annual Conference will return to Birmingham Southern for the 2012 session.
ARMS President, Buzz Barrett, met with the first Tuesday Lunch Group on March 1 to share information about the upcoming Annual Conference as it affects retired pastors & spouses. All of these events will take place at Asbury UMC in Madison, Alabama. The Memorial Service will be held on Thursday evening, June 2. Conference will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, June 3. The ARMS luncheon will be at 12:00 on Friday, June 3. This change to lunch will give those who will drive in for the gathering a chance to return home before dark. The Ordination Service will be on Friday evening, and Conference will wrap up on Saturday evening.
More information and registration instructions will be coming later. Be on the look-out and join us for these events.
Herb and Betty Williamson celebrate 52 years of marriage with a few of their friends at the monthly First Tuesday Lunch Bunch at Dale's in Vestavia. We would like for you to join us at our next gathering on March 1 at 1:00 pm. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Betty Gunn at 205-940-9392.
The First Tuesday Lunch Bunch meet on January 4 at Dale's in Vestavia. We had a great crowd of 33 retired pastors/spouses. As usual we enjoyed the food and fellowship. It is good to gather and keep frendships alive. At this meeting we had at least one interesting event. Belon Friday attended for the first time and brought a tie that Jim Bailey had left in his car 10 months ago.
Belon Friday giving Jim Bailey his tie which had been in Belon's car for 10 months.
Ellinor Butterly and Naomi Williams check out Dale's menu.
Faye Crumpton and Joan Napp discuss their Christmas and New Year celebrations and the Christmas snow.
At the fall Clergy Spouse retreat Jimmie Parris won the prize for attending the most Spouses' Retreats. Watching her open her gift is Robin Schultz, coordinator or the 2010 Retreat.
Emily Kitchens won the prize for the most moves in their tenure in the North Alabama Conference.
There will be a ice cream social at the "preacher plex" on Kentucky Ave. in Vestavia Hills on the 16th of Sept at 6:00 pm. Bring ice cream or something to go with ice cream and a chair....
The Decatur Area Retired Ministers and Spouses are now meeting at 12:30 on the fourth Tuesday at Ryan's on the Beltline in September and October. In November and December they will meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 12:30. Then in January they change back to the fourth Tuesday of the month, still at 12:30. We invite all interested clergy and spouses to join us for fellowship and lunch.
The ARMS Fall Meeting will be on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 10:00 AM at Camp Sumatanga. Since we have to order our lunch meals and pay for all ordered, it is necessary to register with Regina Ergle for this meeting by October 4, 2010. The cost is $10.00 per person. Mail to: Regina Ergle, Office of Superannuate Homes, 898 Arkadelphia Road, Birmingham, AL 35204. For questions, call Regina at 205-226-7968 or 1-800-239-7950. Retirees who have an e-mail address on file with Conference Headquarters will get an e-mail invitation. Letters by regular mail will be sent only to retirees with no e-mail address. Please come and enjoy this time of fellowship!
The Board of Superannuate Homes has been given a generous donation of four adjoining cemetery lots at Jefferson Memorial Gardens in Trussville, AL. If you or someone you know might be interested in these lots, they are available for purchase at a reasonable price. Any proceeds will be used by the Board of Superannuate Homes. Call Don Neal at 205-226-7969 or 1-800-239-7950.
The First Tuesday lunch group met on September 7th at Dale’s in Vestavia. Twenty-eight were present for good fellowship and food together. We welcomed Rev. & Mrs. Ted Leach back to the Birmingham area. Their home is in Chelsea.
Paul Owen recently had a bout with the Shingles which destroyed the cornea of his eyes. He will have artificial cornea transplants on September 21, which will, hopefully, restore his eyesight. Please keep Paul and Norma in your prayers.
Marcella Dover is engaged in outpatient rehab after a recent stroke. She is on the mend, and hopes there will be no lasting effects.
For more information about this group of retired pastors and spouses which meets next on October 5th at 1:00 p.m. at Dale’s Grill in Vestavia call Joyce Vance (205-824-8184) or Betty Gunn (205-940-9392).
For Those in Dry Places: Hope for Ministers in the Wilderness by William "Bill" Phares was just released this month. 1,700 ministers leave the ministry each month. Bill wrote this book to help pastors experiencing spiritually dry places and to encourage pastors to persevere under stressful circumstances. Book can be ordered from www.iuniverse.com or www.amazon.com