Thanks from Dave and Joan Dawson
Words would not express our deep appreciation and gratitude to all of you for our time together this past Friday evening. You were exceptionally kind to us, but even more you demonstrated what makes this Presbytery…its churches, pastors, elders and members…such special disciples of Jesus. My friend and colleague, Gary Angleberger from Beaver Butler Presbytery, put it beautifully:
The planning committee did a thoughtful and creative work. I remarked to Judy as we drove home . . . “We have just witnessed an outstanding display of the essentials of Western PA Presbyterianism — abiding commitment to international mission, relationship with a mission partner, faith displayed in personal moral standards (ala your son’s testimony), foundation in the Scriptures (ala the testimony of your former parishioner and chair of pulpit committee), sustaining family cohesion, and an experience of the church as a place where one is known, nurtured and directed to a sense of call by a fellowship resembling the natural family.”
It was all there last night and we are blessed to have been part of it.
Gary has said very well why we are so thankful for God’s grace to us in having a part of this wonderful community of believers. As Fuad Bahnan has said, “Your name is constantly in our thoughts, on our lips and in our hearts.” Philippians 1:3 – 6
(My new email is firstname.lastname@example.org Attached are the two documents which were distributed at the Presbytery meeting last week.)