I have benefited from all the Bible study classes, for each one has very dedicated and knowledgeable teachers. I have had the privilege of attending Pam Johnson’s and Jack Averill’s Sunday Bible study classes on a regular basis and have been blessed with the sound biblical teaching in both. All the seniors have shown their support in numerous ways, and I am so grateful for the meaningful relationships that have been formed!
My interaction with the seniors culminated in a wonderful time of food and fellowship during an outing to Michie Tavern in May.
Other experiences have also served to assist me in my journey. The choir has been an integral part of my time at UBC. Alba was gracious enough to allow this rusty-voiced newcomer to sing with his accomplished choir and musicians. Participating in VBS was fun, and I will never forget the part I played as “Woman at the Well.” How engrossed the children became with the drama. I thoroughly enjoyed visiting with members who are home-bound, for these are some of the most devoted Christians I know. Of all the activities I participated in, assisting with ESOL classes was the most engaging. It was a first for me, and I hope to continue volunteering in the future.
Meeting with Michael weekly and with the Site Team on a monthly basis during the past year has been edifying. They have been so helpful, and I am deeply appreciative of the time and effort they have contributed to my learning and ministry journey. The Site Team included Linda Smith, Pam Johnson, Irene Norvelle, Bob Badgett, and Will Brown. We will be meeting on June 28 for an Ordination Council session which will also include Jeff Cranford, Greg Smith, and Michael. If all goes well, there will be an ordination service on August 2!
In August, I will be moving to Lynchburg, where I have been accepted into the Chaplain Residency Program at Lynchburg General Hospital for the 2015-16 year. I am thrilled to have been called to this place of service and am eager to begin my term there.
I have been richly blessed by the opportunity to serve at UBC. I pray God will continue to bless you as you seek His direction for this church.
— In Christ’s Love, Randi