Today I'm helping out a pastor friend and officiating a wedding for a couple at Central Baptist Church in Henderson, NC. The groom is a Marine corporal, a veteran of the Iraq war. He was stationed in Fallujah after the battle. His ear still buzzes from an IED. It's an honor to officiate it.
Tomorrow I will baptize Caroline Talley, who joined the church two Sundays ago with her husband, Jimmy. They have retired back to their ancestral home after a career in Richmond, VA, and Washington, NC. Jimmy grew up in the church and has moved his membership back here. Caroline grew up in the community, too, at Webbs Chapel Methodist which no longer exists. They are fine folks and have become good friends.