In the past couple of weeks, the Roswell Presbyterian Church has honored me in two very meaningful ways, and I want you to know how very grateful I am for both.
First, you voted to honor me as Pastor Emeritus, a title which recognized my twenty years of service to the congregation. I’m touched to join my friend and my predecessor, the Rev. Cy Mallard in bearing that title. Cy was a great role model to me of the love and fellowship which stand at the heart of the relationships shared at RPC. I shall always be grateful for his support of my ministry.
Second, you stunned me by renaming the Fellowship Hall as Alderman Hall. What a very meaningful tribute! Thank you so very much. A significant part of my ministry included leading the congregation as we expanded our physical campus, and the Fellowship Hall has proven to play an important role in our congregation’s development.
I remember at the time we were in construction saying that the buildings were going to be a launching pad for the future mission of the congregation. Thanks to your faithfulness and commitment, that has proven to be the case.
Specifically, as I picture the activity in the newly named Alderman Hall, I’m envisioning relationships being built while eating Molly’s incredible meals; I’m listening to classes being taught to enrich the depth of our faith; I’m watching videos of our latest mission endeavor and hearing reports from our outreach into the community; I’m seeing crowds of students gather in the room for a meal in the midst of an exciting eXtreme Retreat; I’m hearing our children and preschoolers sing and present programs…. The list goes on and on…
That room has become a focal point for the life of the church, and I am honored and humbled by your decision to rename the space as Alderman Hall. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!
Things are about the same at the Alderman household these days since last week’s update. Ironically, since I am off of all treatment, I’m actually feeling some better. The most significant part of feeling better is that my appetite has returned! I may have even gained back a few pounds!
To be honest, once we realized that the chemotherapy medicine was no longer effective, there is a real sense of peace at not having to face the side effects that accompanied the treatment. The nurse still comes to do the draining, and Ellie still does the daily irrigating, but both procedures are very manageable, and I’m able to enjoy comfortable and relaxing days.
Thank you for your prayers, your cards and emails, and for the special honors you have bestowed upon me. I’m blessed to have been able to serve with such an exceptional group of people!