Thank You from Retiring Organist Valerie Shields

It is difficult to form an expression of appreciation that fully covers my 32 years of wonderful experience with PRLC.  There are so many moments, associations and partnerships, times of shared worship and caring for one another, and bonds of friendship that will always lovingly fill my heart and mind. 

Two examples of this bounty given to me by the PRLC community were what we most recently shared: the banquet in my honor on June 22 and Sunday worship on June 24, my final day as Phinney’s staff organist – feasts I will remember all the days of my life.

The Friday banquet was overflowing with so much heart, care, beauty, love, music, great food and fun. What a wonderful evening of celebration!  Nancy Winder and Dianne Carlson and the many people who helped them worked together to create this extraordinary evening.   Your written and spoken words touched me deeply.   I appreciated the lighthearted interludes.   John and I are overwhelmed by your most thoughtful and generous gifts.  

On June 24 PRLC celebrated the feast day of St. John the Baptist.   Being a part of the service’s worship once again had me “lost in wonder, love, and praise”.  The instrumentalists, and the choir led by Beth Ann Bonnecroy, added such rich beauty.  The congregational singing was powerful.  The preaching, presiding and blessing offered by Pastors Hansen and Van Kley were gratefully received.  These are cherished moments such as I have been privileged to receive throughout my tenure.

As I leave my role in PRLC’s ministry, know that I will carry you in my heart, pray for you and remain a part of the PRLC family.   I thank God and this community for countless blessings.  Peace and love to each of you and thank you for all that you have given to me through these many years together.

With deepest gratitude,
Valerie