Maroa United Methodist Church in Illinois was my home church until I was 29. They loved me well, taught me and showed Jesus to me. I have so many amazing memories with these people. In May, I had the deep honor to go home and preach for the service. Pastor Nic Showalter sent this note to me after:
I want you to know how much I appreciated your leadership in our worship a few weeks ago. I’m always very anxious about guest preachers/pastors in worship – especially when I am not assured from experienced that they will lead with quality and thoughtfulness. I was at peace with you way before you even began.Selfishly speaking, it was so fun to get to sit back and listen and be led and taught – thank you for that so much. And, I cannot thank you enough for what you said about our pastoral transition here and the new experience for this congregation of accepting a woman pastor.You said it so well and with obvious credibility.