Since Mauri’s retirement, Sundays most often are days of rest. But yesterday turned into a non-stopper beginning with a lovely drive to Marion, Oregon, an hour south of home.
We have a bad habit of leaving way too early, which causes us to arrive way too early. So we reached our destination in time for our pick of parking places around this small church pastored by our good friend Bill Pruitt. Mauri has known Bill and Faye since college, which means I’ve known them for nearly 23 years. In 2002 Faye preceded me in my position in the NFC office.
Bill and Faye have made music together for many years, but they took a break from leading worship at Marion Friends Church, where Bill has served as pastor for more than seven years, to invite Mauri to lead.
Sitting near the front means I allow myself only one quick snapshot.
Bill is a bi-vocational pastor, so he and Faye travel down from their home in Newberg every weekend and stay in the church’s comfortable next-door parsonage. Mauri got acquainted with Kibble, who sent me a message with her tongue.
The Pruitts took us out for Chinese food, then we headed home a different way to see different sights. Have I ever mentioned the beauty that surrounds us everywhere we go?
Then on to our next event—an open house for high school graduating friend Gabe, who honored each of us with a welcoming hug. That’s Gabe’s dad in the red plaid shirt. You can see the interest captured by Michael’s solid mahogany (I think that’s what I heard) electric guitar.
Michael has played French horn in NFC Brass /now Newberg Brass for many years (circa 1996) and shows up for rehearsal at our studio every Tuesday after work.
Back at home (whew, we survived another social event!) we warmed our leftovers from lunch and reminded the dog she doesn’t live alone before heading down the street to NFC’s business meeting. Once again, I allowed myself one solitary snap.
Do you remember back in March when I posted a short story about the “split” NFC was about to experience? I described the process we faced and presumed an outcome would be reportable on May 7.
I’ve displayed this plaque near my office desk to speak what’s on my mind for a long time but even more so these days of late. I’ll share more when the situation is resolved but for now will simply express my relief and gratitude that I’m not left to myself in wondering how we got to this place of division.