For the past twenty years, our church has been blessed with the faithful service of Billie Chapman in the church office. Every time anyone calls the church, they hear, “Good morning, this is Billie.” That familiar voice answers questions, puts a name down for Wednesday night supper, puts them on hold so they could talk to one of the ministers, cries with those who are ill, laughs with those whose spirits need lifting, and counsels those in distress. Billie is more than the church office manager; she has become a faithful minister and friend to us all.
On Sunday evening, November 10, we are going to celebrate Billie’s twenty years of service and her retirement from church work with a Fish Fry and Old Fashioned Gospel Sing. The fish fry will begin at 5:00 p.m. in the courtyard, followed by the gospel sing in the chapel. Gospel music has been a part of Billie’s life since her childhood and we could think of no better way to celebrate this milestone then to gather and sing those wonderful songs of faith. We have a few surprises but we can’t talk about them here. You’ll have to come and hear them for yourself.
Billie may be retiring from the church office but you’ll still be seeing her at church services and singing in the choir. After November 10, please don’t ask her to put your name on the Wednesday night supper list or to make a copy of your Sunday school material. She’ll probably find it easy to be free from those tasks but don’t be surprised if you call her at home and hear her say, “Good morning, this is Billie.” Giving that up is going to be a little harder—she’s been saying it for twenty years.