|Carole and Bill Henry|
That’s the word that comes to mind looking back over fourteen years with the M&M (Mature Member) Ministry. It was nothing but an honor and a blessing to share in these grand experiences with our Church seniors. To give some enlightenment to that “Wow”, the following are some randomly chosen places and ventures we enjoyed. They are not in order or sequence, but given as such to show the range of our travels here and yon.
Through the tunnel in Mobile Bay and the Mardi Gras Museum to Seattle’s Pike’s Market, up the Space Needle, and a mobile duck-boat ride into the Bay; from the Barron’s baseball games to barbecue and the Blues on Beale Street, the Pink Palace, to the ducks strutting through the lobby at the Peabody Hotel, to Elvis’ Graceland; from the Tallahassee Bridge in Greenwood, Mississippi (Ode to Billie Joe) where scenes from the movie “The Help” were filmed, not to mention the Viking Plant, and our stay in the Alluvian Hotel to North Alabama’s Lions, Helen Keller’s home and her life's reenactment; from the Monroeville courthouse production of "To Kill a Mockingbird” to swaying with the Temptations in Meridian at the Opera House Theater and to Weidmann's Restaurant;from Bellingrath Gardens to the gardens on Victoria Island; from the Ironclad battle ship in Vicksburg to reenactments of the Battle of Shiloh near Corinth, Mississippi; from atop Stone Mountain and Princess Diana's exhibition to Rudy Valley and the Jersey Boy Musicals in Branson, Missouri from cherry ice cream at the Cherry Festival in Macon, Georgia to Natchez on the River tours; from lunch with Paula Deen in Savannah to lunch at the Blue Willow in Social Circle; from local tours of Mercedes and Jim Walter Mines to caverns and caves in Asheville’s Black Mountains and fun times and snowfall at Montreat; from Alabama wooden bridges to the Top of the River restaurant.
If that’s not enough “wow”, look at the grand ones: Up the East Coast to New York City and Broadway plays, night in Times Square, and seeing ourselves live on the morning Today Show; viewing Ground Zero then departing on the Princess Cruise ship out of New York Harbor on the upper deck looking as if we could reach out and touch the Brooklyn Bridge as we passed under. How very surreal and profound it was to see in the distance Staten Island and the Statue of Liberty passing out of view behind us as we headed up toward Rhode Island. We saw the reversible river with its famous low and high tides at the Bay of Fundy. We made it all the way to Halifax and to the far outpost light house in Nova Scotia’s Peggy’s Cove. M&M’s have cruised twice on the Princess North west to Alaska. We went all the way to Alaska to catch-a-can. I mean, Ketucan. We visited Vancouver, Juno, Scagway; saw glaciers, elks, eagles, and then river-boated up the first gold rush river. We docked to pet some of the descendants of Husky, Granite, the famous lead dog for the late and great Susan Butcher, four time winner of the thousand plus mile Iditarod Dog Sled Race. We became part of the fifteen percent of tourists who were fortunate enough to see Mt. McKinley, now Mt. Denali, come totally into view.
Yes, Wow! God has indeed been so good to us all. We thank Him and First Presbyterian for making these experiences possible. Thanks to our Church for prayers, support, donations, and help. Several members over the years have opened their homes and hospitality for lots of fun and joy to our M & M‘s. Members have helped build wheel chair ramps, helped with trips to doctor's appointments, to the grocery store and with the smallest of tasks like replacing light bulbs.
It’s with inexpressible gratitude and humility that we give thanks for First Presbyterian and the M&M Ministry. We pray that it continues to be a blessing to our seniors. We plan to continue to be a part of our M & M’s and help out as needed, but we feel it’s time for us to allow others, maybe younger, to take up the reins and enjoy leading this Ministry.
We’ve learned that the meaning of “Church” is probably best discovered through the process of regular smaller group functions. For church really is becoming closely bonded in shared experiences in which there becomes a love for one another. Love is the end product that our Lord wants of His Church. We experienced God's presence at First Presbyterian Church, and, through these many journeys discovered God's precious love with this special Ministry of Mature Members.
May the Lord continue to bless all the ministerial arms of His Church at First Presbyterian and in all these things may the LORD BE MAGNIFIED!
In God Speed,
Carole & Bill
Please join us for a reception honoring
Carole and Bill Henry
14 years of Mature Members Ministry!
Sunday Oct 23 after the 11:00 a.m. Service
in the Family Life Center.
All are invited!