This week my wife was cleaning out older files and records and set aside a pile of papers for me to go through to confirm they could be banished to the paper recycling bin. Among the various documents was a group of annual reports from a church we attended for a number of years (and were active, voting members). One of the annual reports I came across listed a number of recently deceased older congregants and how many years they had been members. This was a 150+ year old traditional church trying to transition to a more contemporary venue to better match the needs and wishes of younger Christians. The annual report informed us (names altered):
Mrs. Edna Mae Brown – member 1943 – 2005
Mrs. Ellen C. Franklin – member 1950-2006, Sunday School teacher for 50 years
Mrs. Lorraine R. Carter – member 1950 – 2006
Edgar Samuel Hitchcock – member 1932 – 2006 (74 years), Church Clerk for 20 years
End of an era I think. I can’t imagine we of the Restless Society could ever stay put or tie down our church loyalties like those who came before us.