Yesterday we were in Hillsboro Missouri for the ordination of one of our recent graduates, Mark Harriss. It was a very hot day, but the proceedings were beautiful. The church Mark will serve as pastor sits outside of the city in a gorgeous landscape of woods and rolling hills seen just beyond the quiet cemetery.
All ordinations of our students are special days, but this one had an even more sentimental meaning. Mark is from Venedy, Illinois, the small southern Illinois town where Dale began his own ministry. He married Mark's parents during those times. We lived in the parsonage next to the church and about 5 years ago Mark as the church's property chairman, oversaw the demotion of that house and the construction of a new fellowship hall on the same spot.
Dale preached the sermon and Venedy's current pastor, Art Eichhorn was the liturgist.
When we got home from Hillsboro in the early evening we hosted a welcome to our new incoming students who will be taking their Greek class. 4 years ago Mark and his wife Rebecca were in our yard for the very same event.
4 years ago
Past met the present yesterday. We're excited to see what the future has in store for Mark and Rebecca.
And! One more past and present from yesterday. At this year's Greek welcome were Robert and Judy Brown from Holy Cross in Collinsville. Robert will be taking Greek and moving on to his first year at the seminary. His wife Judy is the granddaughter of Bernie Evers who for years owned Evers Pharmacy on Collinsville's Main Street and, Dale married Judy's parents when he was at Holy Cross.