Monday, February 27, 2012

Rev. Deb's last Sunday

People began arriving early on Rev. Deb Howland's last Sunday, 2/26/12, with the First Congregational Church UCC, 100 E. Broadway, Waukesha WI.

As the interim pastor, Rev. Deb successfully completed the course of 2 and a half years as the spiritual leader of the oldest Congregational church in Wisconsin.

Member Mike Camp composes a photo of the children's time, when Rev. Deb handed out  many hats to the children, to teach the lesson of the different roles we all play.  And then, Rev. Deb took off her 'Rev.' hat and donned her new one for us at this church, that of FRIEND.

Malena Koplin read the scripture lesson still wearing the sailor cap she chose from the assortment ahead of the reading.

Keeping the faith
in the peanut gallery

Moderator Barb Kirschner during the farewell service gave presents to our beloved friend.


Many fond good-byes said.

Deb left a clear office and a clean slate for our incoming minister.

Member Sid Estenik, ahead of the service, brought an old sheet music of IN A MIST, Bix Beiderbeck, to show the SRN editor.  This random act of Sid's, whose  piano hand is shown upper left, fit the theme of the morning.

There was mist.

Little window in the church office of a young girl who passed before her time, many years ago.