On Sunday, Nov. 7, we will bid Deacon Beth Barkhau a fond farewell and godspeed as she begins a new chapter in life, retirement.
When Deacon Beth came to us nearly five years ago, we knew she brought a wealth of gifts, skills, and experience for ministry. But we could not then have imagined the dramatic and lasting impact her ministry would have on us at Reformation, as individuals and as a congregation.
We thank God for her and the myriad ways in which she has led, taught, inspired, listened, comforted, and challenged us to grow in faithfulness to our mission.
We will miss her warm and caring personality and her professional expertise and wisdom.
We are grateful for the countless contributions she has made to our life together, always to the glory of God.
And we are grateful for her beloved helpmate, Bob, who has provided assistance and support in a great many ways as a stalwart volunteer in many of our ministries.
I know you join me in wishing Deacon Beth and Bob the very best in the future, in giving thanks to God for them, and in joining our earthly voices with the heavenly chorus saying, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
Pastor Wayne Matthias-Long