Last Tuesday afternoon, the women's group from the West Milford United Methodist Church, along with their pastor, Buckhannon native the Rev. Tim Kelly, came to visit the Parish House.
They wanted to see everything, so we did the tour. It was afternoon, so it was very quiet around the Parish House. We could take our time and they could look at everything and ask all the questions that they needed to.
The last spot on the tour was the Clothes Closet. We went into the building and they all exclaimed about how neat and clean and organized the Clothes Closet was. They looked at everything and were so excited by the whole atmosphere of the store and the fact that it didn't smell moldy or musty. I smiled and told them that this was all the result of hard work on the part of our volunteers. I told them that every month we have hundreds of hours of volunteer time.
After they left, I thought about how all this organization at the Clothes Closet did not happen overnight. Years of hard work performed by the volunteers have resulted in what is presented to the public every day. And all of this work has been under direction of a very special woman named Pat Suttle.
In the year 2000, Suttle began volunteering her time to help out at the Clothes Closet. In about 2004, she began to put her organization and management skills to work at the Clothes Closet. Since that time we have recognized her as a volunteer manager and what a blessing she has been! Her vision has helped the Clothes Closet to maintain the clean, bright and well-organized appearance that everyone has come to expect.
At the beginning of this year, Suttle decided to step back from the responsibilities, so we welcomed Heather Geissler into the position. Suttle is still at the Clothes Closet every day, offering her expertise and her hours. She is a blessing to us and to our community.
Today we are going to throw a party for Suttle to let her know how much we love and appreciate all the hard work and care she has put into the Clothes Closet over the last 11 years. We will be celebrating in the Carr dining room at the Parish House beginning 12:30 p.m. We invite the public to come on over and help us show Suttle how much we appreciate her.
On the parish calendar:
Cantata, "The Song Everlasting," by Joseph M. Martin, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. April 1 at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church. The cantata is accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation.
Communion service, 7 p.m. April 5 at Chapel Hill UMC.
Combined communion service, 7 p.m. April 5 at First Baptist Church
Tenebrae service, 7 p.m. April 6 at Chapel Hill UMC.
"Tenebrae: A Service of Darkness," by Hall Hopson, combined worship service, 7 p.m. April 6 at First UMC.
Easter Early worship praise service, 7 a.m. April 8 at Chapel Hill UMC, with breakfast following