“I have loved it here.” FROM WALT

March 25, 2021

Dear Congregation and Friends of Providence,

Time flies when you’re having fun! And time has flown for me.

I’ve been at Providence for over 25 years, baptizing, preaching, teaching, marrying and burying and Lord, doing way too much administrative work! Sure, there have been ups and downs, but far more ups than downs, and even the downs often got miraculously turned upward in service of Christ and for strengthening our unity. I have loved it here. I know of no other church that would put up with me for this many years and I am so very grateful to have grown with you and grown close to you. Providence is family to me, as I know she is to all of you, and that makes us kinfolks! And, in Christ, we’ll always be kin.

But families get “extended,” and sometimes find certain family members living across the country. They may not be “together,” but they are still family. And though I’m retiring and we won’t be “together,” I will always think of Providence as family.

Thank you for the years of worshiping and serving together. Thank you for the open armed welcome and continued kindness you’ve shown to me. Thank you for the challenges we’ve taken on and met together. Thank you for making this 25 year journey a joyous one. Thank you that we can always be family.

God’s blessing on you all, and may the providence of Providence be filled with God’s goodness, mercy, and love.

With gratitude,