14778 Espola Road
Poway, CA 92064
Stevensville United Methodist Church
Stevensville, Montana 59870
Dear Pastor Charles,
Although this is late, it is a hearty welcome from our family. My husband, Ralph, and his family were long-time members of UMC Stevi. That included Robinson, Lamoreux and Longbottom families.
When we were married in Wisconsin, I married a Montanan sailor going to Navy school at Great Lakes in Waukegan. We had a second wedding reception in your church forty-six years ago.
For forty-four years, we summered in Stevensville, as my mother-in-law lived there. We camped and fished up the Burnt Fork. We had and have wonderful memories. But one of my best memories is of attending the UMC. I always found the services very uplifting. I admired the servants in that church. It is a tiny church, but mighty in its spirit. Christianity just blossoms in your church. I miss those services.
As I attend my LCMS church and participate in activities there, I'm always challenged by memories of the servants at UM Stevi. Lent certainly is a time to reflect how we can reflect our faith to others, especially non-church-goers.
May you enjoy living in that beautiful valley. Maybe we'll meet sometime.