|Cooper, Katie and Tyra on Steve's bench at Holy Covenant UMC, after the sunrise service|
It was a bittersweet Easter service at Schreiber Memorial United Methodist Church. Easter is the most joyous of Sundays for Christians. The very day and the belief in the Resurrection define our faith. And yet this Sunday was the final worship service for the Schreiber congregation. After years of declining membership, the church was forced to make the difficult decision to close.
Highland Park UMC is taking over the campus and will eventually reopen the church as a satellite ministry.
Schreiber Memorial is the church that Jim, Betty, Jimmy and Steve attended during the 1980s. When Jim and Betty returned to the Dallas area in the early '90s (after a few years in Miami), they rejoined the church.
Steve and I were married in the sanctuary there in July 1994.
It was tough to say goodbye today.
At the end of the service, congregants were invited to join the choir to sing the Hallelujah Chorus. Cooper left the pew and sang next to Grandma -- a bass and soprano, side by side.
|Cooper is the tall guy in the front.|
|Katie and her monarch|
|Cooper and Betty (in her choir robe) coax their butterflies to freedom.|
My package contained not one but two butterflies.
They each warmed in the sunlight. They each began to flutter their wings. One took flight about two minutes before the other. And I thanked God for transformation and comfort in times of distress and tiny miracles.
|Tyra and two butterflies|