Hundreds of pictures have been taken over the years of various events and activities at Christ Community Church. I’ve been going through those recently as we prepare for the 25th Anniversary Celebration. It’s been fun to see pictures of Margaret talking with people at the Fall Festivals, helping in Vacation Bible Schools, involved in women’s ministry, and much more. What a gift she has been to Christ Community Church. She has shown hospitality by inviting people into our home, she has cared for people who were suffering, she has offered wisdom and counsel to friends in times of crisis, she has been a voice of wisdom in difficult decisions we’ve made as a church family, and she has been a constant source of encouragement to me! I think she would have done most of the kinds of things she does in the church whether she was married to the pastor or not – I really do think her love for the Lord and for people would have led her to be highly involved in a local church. But the fact that the church has supported us financially through the years has freed her up to give herself to raising our children and to devote time to serving the Lord through the church.
When we were considering moving to Titusville to help start CCC, Chuck Green, who was the pastor of Orangewood PCA in Maitland, told Bob Adams, “Do what you can to get Dan Thompson as your pastor. It’s worth it to get Margaret.” I suspect that part of the reason the church has put up with me for so long is that it was worth it to have Margaret!