Perhaps you've already heard, it is with a heavy heart that I report that Fairview Presbyterian Church's organist and pianist, Margo Smith, announced her retirement to the Session, effective April 2nd, 2018.
Margo was already here when I became your pastor and I think, on some level, I assumed she always would be but the scriptures tell us 'To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven,' and I know that Margo made this decision deliberately and prayerfully. She will continue to accompany our congregation and lead us in worship through the season of Lent and feast day of Easter.
As she shared her decision with the elders a question arose, how long has Margo been playing at Fairview? The answer is nearly 24 years. That is an astonishing amount of time to be at church week in and week out! I did a little back of the napkin math and discovered that 24 is 12.3% of Fairview's history but if you go back and remember the church didn't always worship every Sunday - ministers rode circuits in the early days, and there was a time when we shared a pastor with our sister church, Lawrenceville Presbyterian, and there was summer in 1864 when the church didn't have regular worship because Sherman and his boys were hanging around the neighborhood - that number is much higher.
Margo's season with Fairview has been an amazing gift of service to each and every one of us. I hope you will join me in privately thanking her for her tireless and continuing joyful noise she has made to the lord. As for publicly thanking her, well our Session meets this Sunday and that will be a topic of conversation.
The good news is, Margo is not retiring from the Church Secretary's position so we will still have the joy of seeing her smiling face and hearing her infectious laugh - it just means you'll have to drop by the church during the week to do so. Godspeed and good wishes in retirement - you've earned it!
Yours in Christ,