When I worked at the hospital, the Chaplin came down to my lab and told me that he really hated to have to be the one to tell me, but he had to relay a compliment to me. I had done a scan on an aids patient and his sister, who was one of our nurses wanted to thank me for treating him as a human being. The Chaplin also told me that that he regarded me as a lay minister in my corner of the hospital. I was surprised by that because I never talked religion with my patients. It does suggest however, that our ministry is embedded in our day to day actions.
I lived in Fern Hill when I was little and we couldn’t afford to go to Church. Gas was 20 cents a gallon and we lived 5 miles out of town. We moved to Portland when I was 6 and I went to Sunday School at a nearby Presbyterian Church. After that we went to Idaho and I went to a summer Mormon Bible school with my cousins. We moved back to Rainier when I was in the 6th grade and I attended the Methodist Sunday School and Church until I graduated from high school. I went to a Church of Christ summer camp with my cousins when I was 13 and was baptised by that church in Oregon City. Youth for Christ rallies were popular in Portland when I was in high school and my friends and I attended a number of those.
I didn’t attend church during my middle years but I came back after I retired, because my mother needed a ride (or at least that is what she said). I enjoyed the people here and it is a nice feeling to be around people that are kind. We are probably a relatively liberal church. We accept everyone as being God’s children and we don’t believe in stoning people who don’t agree with us. My religious beliefs are simple, Love your God with all your heart and all your mind and love your neighbor as yourself. I also believe that kindness is its own reward and we don’t accrue a preset number of merit badges to go to heaven, that can only be achieved by the Grace of God.
We were married in this church and this is the church where my grandmother, my mother and my aunts attended and this is where my friends are. Thank you and God bless!