The Daily Journal did a really nice, front page piece on Pastor Pete Garrison's retirement from the ministry at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on B'game Ave. after 27 years there. Rather than just link to it, I waited until after the final service to bring you the on-the-scene story and photos. The former pastor is a good friend of mine and there a legions of others in B'game who can say the same. His ministry extended past his direct flock to the B'game police where he served as chaplain and to various other service clubs in need of a word or two to the Big Man.
Pastor Pete's final sermon, on the second Sunday of Easter, revolved around Doubting Thomas and how we are all plagued by doubts and challenges but the way to overcome them is clear to those who would listen. And there were plenty of folks there to listen. Commenting on the crowd, Pete quipped "I should retire more often".
A great lunch followed along with some bon mots from the Lutheran district rep, the elders of the church, the kids and folks who just wanted to say "thank you". I echo that sentiment. Here is the scene during the sermon.
And here is a good sign that we won't be seeing around town anymore