Last Thursday I attended the open house at Albemarle High School and met some of Thea and Wesley’s teachers, as they welcomed new students in their classes. The next day, I was called to UVA Hospital to pray with a church member after she decided to forego treatment for her pneumonia. Her daughter was in the room, and we talked about how her mom was ready to die and how precious this time was for her and her siblings to prepare for this earthly farewell. And just this morning, we learned of her passing.
Welcomes and farewells are a part of life, and here at UBC, we have some welcomes and farewells to recognize. This past Sunday we celebrated the baptism of Carter Groff as he was welcomed into the Christian faith and into the membership of University Baptist Church.
This week, we welcome Sarah Wilson as she joins us on staff as our Youth Coordinator.
We also welcome back UVA students as they move in this weekend.
We say farewell to Erin Brown in her capacity as our Youth Coordinator, as she finishes her service at the end of this month. Thankfully, Erin will remain as an active member of UBC.
Finally, this Sunday will be Randi McFarland’s last day with us as a Ministry Intern. Randi will be moving on to serve as a Chaplaincy Resident at Central Lynchburg General Hospital. We wish Randi the best as she begins her new ministry.
May God, who is Alpha and Omega, be with us during all these welcomes and farewells.
~ Blessings, Michael