Friday, June 15
My favorite poet is not Browning or Keats or Tennyson. My favorite poet lived in Louisiana and wrote poetry and comment for WWL - TV in the 1960s. On his last Sunday night before he retired he read this beautiful poem. It seems sort of apropos for where I am at this point in my journey as we embark Sunday back "home" to Mississippi. Listen to words of Jim Metcalf:
Now I will be going back; back to where my dreams began.
The day I turned, looked back and said goodbye, and walked down the path that led to here and now, I thought I'd taken dreams enough to last a hundred lifetimes.
But now I find that they are gone, and I don't know where they went...how many died...how many spent...how many realized...
I think I must have left a few behind; a few I overlooked. Perhaps they may be there still... somewhere in that quiet, untroubled place, as bright and shiny new as they were when I first dreamed them.
So, I'll go back and look, and hope I find just one to hold and keep alive in the brief and fleeting time that I have left for dreaming.
We have LOVED our eleven years in Colorado, six in Paonia and now five in Evergreen. The years have been very good for us - and hopefully the people we have served. This Sunday will be my last Sunday as your pastor. I commend to you your new pastor, Deb Olenyik. Deb is one of the first pastors I met in CO when she helped lead a seminar for new pastors coming into the Rocky Mountain Conference. She has a great record as a pastor and a district superintendent. I KNOW you will respond to her and the church will continue with even greater momentum in the years to come. Her first Sunday will be July 1, and I will be praying for a great day for the Methodist folk in Evergreen.
This Sunday will be one service only, combining our Cowboy Sunday and Church at the Ranch. We will gather at the Stoll's ranch on S. Wamblee Road in Conifer for this service at 10:30 (see directions printed later in Happenings). Great music, great food, pony rides, ATV rides, and other activities for the children, and my farewell sermon, "HOW TO SAY GOODBYE" (TEXT ACTS 20: 17 - 27).
And we will conclude with a celebration of our shared ministry for the past five years.
I hope to see you Sunday,
Russell (and Diane)
P.S. The Fletcher's new address is: 4346 Sydney Lane, Tupelo, MS 38801