Thanksgiving for the Good Samaritan Community

In Ecclesiastes 3:1 we read this: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the sun…”

My husband, Michael, and I, are very much aware of God’s work and perfect timing as we transition to a new season in our lives. We have been abundantly blessed to be a part of the Good Samaritan family for more than 11 years — years that have seen much change for us all and years rich in serving God’s people. We have shared joys and sorrows; we have prayed together and loved one another as Jesus loves us. (John 13:34-35)

I write to you today in thanksgiving for your prayers, support, encouragement, and friendship in this season of our lives spent at Good Samaritan. I came to be your pastor through the encouragement of a seminary classmate who interviewed for the position I hold; she told me the job wasn’t for her, but that I should apply. And so I did, and I have been grateful to God for His provision ever since!

Michael and I are moving steadily toward a new season of retirement. I have been speaking of retirement for quite a while, and most of you know that my official retirement date is October 1. My last day at Good Samaritan will be Sunday, September 24. I will use vacation days for the remainder of the month and we plan to move to our new home on September 25-26.

We are excited to be moving close to family; my sister, Linda, and her husband, Doug, live in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, and we have long enjoyed a special closeness with them. This is an area of the country that we love, and it’s been the home of our hearts for a long time. Our new address is 128 Mohican Circle, Summerville, SC 29483. I ask your prayers for God’s blessings of smooth sailing to our closing date of September 20, and for safety in packing and moving. We plan to join St. Paul’s Church in Summerville and already feel warmly welcomed there. Our realtor in SC is the Senior Warden at St. Paul’s! The Daughters of the King chapter there has been praying for us, too.

A couple Sundays ago in a sermon I spoke of how I learned in seminary that the Holy Spirit gives each pastor one, or at the most two, sermons. In other words, the Spirit gives one overarching theme to each pastor to communicate to God’s people who are in his/her care. For me, that message is: Jesus loves you! My prayer for you has been, and will continue to be, that you remember daily that Jesus loves you, that you receive His love with joy, and that you share His love and the good news He brings with others.

Much love in Christ Jesus, Pastor Beverly