The Annual Conference gathering of the Association of Retired Ministers and Spouses (ARMS) assembled in the Student Center Great Hall at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 3, 2013. ARMS President, Reverend Herb Williamson, welcomed all who gathered and gave the invocation.
Herb recognized our Bishop, Debra Wallace Padgent and she addressed the retirees, thanking us for our continuing service as both appointed supply pastors and as those involved in local church and community ministry.
He recognized Rev. Norman B. Westbrook as having come all the way from North Carolina to join us for the evening festivities. Rev. Westbrook is 90 years young and retired in 1987.
He also recognized the President of the Superannuate Homes Board, Mr. Jerry Swafford. It was a delight to have Mr. Swafford and his wife join us for this celebration.
Rev. Don Neal welcomed the newly retired to the Association and to the Banquet. Those new retirees are:
Rev. Ted Leach remembered those who have died in the past year and gave a prayer of celebration for their life, their ministry, and their memory. Those pastors and spouses whose home going we celebrated are:
Rev. Williamson also recognized the ordination class or 1963 and gave thanks for their 60 years of ministry. Those from the class who were present were:
Rev. Alton Parris was recognized by the conference for his attendance at 62 consecutive Annual Conferences. Rev. Parris and wife Jimmie were also in attendance at the ARMS Banquet.
Rev. Stewart Jackson was our entertainer for the evening. He gave renditions of his own songs that kept us all in stitches. They reminded us of the comical side of growing older.
ARMS will meet once again at Camp Sumatanga on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. We hope to see you there. More information and registration material will be sent as the time approaches.