Ministers delight in the many special
occasions in which they have the
privilege to participate. So that these occasions can be truly special,
itís necessary to communicate specific information as to times, dates,
and procedures, so that participants can be at the right place at the
right time, doing the right thing.
Also, there are those occasions calling for a word of encouragement,
congratulations, and affirmation Ė where the minister shares in the joy
of new parents, a new couple, or a significant anniversary.
Whether addressed to groups, couples, or individuals, a positive and
friendly note from a caring and supportive minister is always a genuine
8-1 / To Couples about Adoption: Placement of Baby through Adoption
While many churches send welcoming letters to new babies, they may not
think to include those who are adopted. In this example, the pastor can
especially share in the celebrating, since he was involved in counseling
the parents as they waited. And since adoption almost always takes a
long time, rejoicing is more than appropriate.
It gives me great joy to congratulate you on the arrival of your son,
NAME. In the past, you have shared with me your great desire for a child
and some of the anguish you have lived through, waiting for an adoption
to occur. We have wept together, calling on the Lord to send that
special baby just right for you. At last, we can also share in the
thrill of seeing our prayers answered.
This precious gift from God will forever change your lives, as a first
child always does. Yet you already knew that, Iím sure, and you are more
than willing to make the sacrifices involved to bring up NAME in a godly
home surrounded by love.
Please be assured that you are in our prayers as you begin your
parenting career, and feel free to contact me if I can help you in any
8-2 / To Couples about Anniversary: Fifty Years
On your wedding day, MONTH XX, 200X, were you apprehensive about how
your life would proceed for the next fifty years? If so, you neednít
Throughout those years, you have achieved what many admire but few reach
Ė a fulfilling, happy, God centered marriage. Not that things have
always been easy. Like couples every where, you have certainly had times
of pain and sorrow, disagreements and trauma. Yet for you, itís obvious
that the good times of laughter and closeness, love and companionship,
have far outweighed the dark experiences.
Truly, our heavenly Father must be pleased as you celebrate fifty years
together. May He grant you many more. We rejoice with you as you reach
this great milestone.
8-3 / To Couples about Baptism: Of Infant
We were pleased to minister the sacrament of infant baptism to your son
James last Sun day. While he is too young to remember, you will not
forget it. In later years, you can tell him of the promises you made in
his behalf, promises to raise him in a Christian home, to demonstrate
your own faith in your daily lives, and to lead him in the ways of the
Lord. And as the congregation vowed before you, we are willing to help
and support you in any way we can.
We welcome little James into the family of God and look forward with you
to watching him grow in every way.
8-4 / To Couples about Births: Arrival of First Grandchild
Here is another situation which most churches and synagogues donít think
to ac knowledge. Yet, sharing in the joy of a new life is just one more
way of saying to a parishioner, ďWe care about you.Ē The letter writer
also uses this opportunity to urge the grandparents to do what they can
to bring the baby and his parents into the synagogue more frequently.
It was with great joy that I heard the news about arrival of your first
grandchild. What a thrill for you both! I am sure you will find being a
grandparent is rewarding as well as challenging; you will have many
opportunities to share of yourselves with this newest member of your
Naturally, one of the most important things you can do is to encourage
your grandchild to have a religious life. Your own example is the best
place to start. In addition, you can encourage your son and
daughter-in-law to be faithful in attending synagogue.
I trust that both mother and baby are doing well, and I look forward to
meeting little NAME soon.
8-5 / To Couples about Dedications: Of Infant
Thank you for your willingness to dedicate your daughter NAME this past
Sunday. You have made some serious promises to God and the congregation
about how you will raise your child. Believe me, those words will be
tested in the years to come as you face the many challenges of Christian
parenting. But knowing your commitment to Jesus and to each other, I
have every confidence that you will not fail NAME.
I appreciate your faithful support of Community Church in your
attendance, finances, and service. May our loving Heavenly Father bless
you and NAME abundantly.
8-6 / To Couples about Engagements: Upon Announcement
Congratulations on the announcement of your engagement! We rejoice with
you in this important step.
As you know, deciding on a marriage partner is one of the biggest
decisions you will ever make. It is not to be taken lightly, and I am
confident that you have both sought the Lord on this matter until you
are sure that He has put you together.
Even so, your relationship will not always be easy. But you have the
assurance that with each other and with Jesus, you can have the
wonderful experience of a great marriage.
You have our prayers as you progress toward the day of your wedding.
Treasure the special bond God has given the two of you.
8-7 / To Couples about Retirement: Upon Announcement
A major adjustment for both spouses, retirement can produce a
significant amount of stress and depression. In this upbeat letter, the
priest points out the good side as well as puts in an appeal for help in
the parish, especially important to an individual who needs to feel
Congratulations on NAMEís recent retirement from COMPANY NAME! On behalf
of the entire parish, I would like to offer best wishes to you both.
Many new opportunities await you as you enter this new stage of your
lives. You will have the freedom to pursue interests, friendships, and
travel in ways in which you have not found possible before. My prayer is
that the two of you will have many good years together to enjoy life.
I also hope that you will find time to devote yourselves to church work.
There are many things you can volunteer to do here in your own parish;
please feel free to contact me if you would like to know of some
Naturally, some adjustments will have to be made in your daily schedules
as you get used to NAMEís being at home. But I am confident that you
will both continue to grow in this part of your lives, and that any
problems which do develop will be worked out.
Again, warmest wishes for your future.
8-8 / To Couples about Showers: Granting Permission to Hold in Church
Thank you for your recent request to use Fellowship Hall for a wedding
shower for NAME and NAME. Although we do not usually have this sort of
an affair at the church, I am willing to make an exception in this case.
NAME and NAME are both quite active in many different groups within the
congregation, therefore making them well known to most of the members.
In addition, since you both are willing to take complete responsibility
for putting on the shower, cleaning up afterwards, etc., I see no reason
why you should not go ahead with your plans. The MONTH XX date is fine;
nothing else is scheduled in the building that afternoon between 2:30
and 4:30 PM
I assume that since you are holding the shower at the church, you will
be opening it to everyone who wishes to attend. Perhaps a blanket
invitation could be put in the church bulletin that week, and another
posted in the church office. I hope the shower will prove to be
enjoyable to all who come.
8-9 / To Couples about Wedding: Afterwards
At last, the waiting is over and you are husband and wife in the sight
of God and everyone else! The church staff joins me in wishing you the
very best as you begin this new stage of oneness in Christ.
As Iím sure you realize, marriage wonít always feel as wonderful as it
does now. But in spite of the problems which are inevitable, your
relationship can continue to grow more and more special each year as you
keep Christ in the center.
It was a great blessing for me to officiate at your wedding; the
presence of the Lord was very real. Again, our most sincere
congratulations. If at any time I can be of personal help to you, feel
free to contact me.
8-10 / To Families about Adoption: On Finalization
After a child is placed with a family, there is a waiting period,
generally about six months, before the adoption is legal. When that
point is reached, itís a day almost as special as when the child moved
in. A letter such as this is most appropriate.
Congratulations on the recent finalization of the adoption of your
children NAME and NAME. It must be a satisfying feeling to know that the
court has now declared them to be your offspring. In the past months in
which they have resided with you, there have been many adjustments, both
for you and for them. A new home, school, church, and lifestyle take
some getting used to. Yet by now, NAME and NAME seem to be beginning to
fit into their surroundings.
Iím certain you realize that there will still be problems at times, but
no family can avoid the differences that arise in day to day living.
With Christ as the center of your household, you will be able to cope.
Again, best wishes from me and the parish. May your family continue to
grow in closeness and faith.
8-11 / To Families about Baptism: Adultsí Decision to Undergo
I was pleased to hear of your decision to be baptized at Community
Church. From what I under stand, those of you who will be undergoing the
sacrament are NAME, NAME, and NAME. At this point, a baptismal service
is scheduled for Sunday, MONTH XX at LOCATION, ADDRESS. It will take
place at 3:30 PM. Following a brief teaching on the meaning of baptism,
those who wish to do so will be baptized by immersion. Please plan on
bringing dry clothing and remember to wear something that will not
become transparent when wet. Many have come with a swimming suit topped
by a large colored T-shirt.
I look forward to your participation in this important step, which is
symbolic of the death of the old sinful nature and the beginning of the
new life which you have found in Christ. God will bless you as you obey
His instructions in the Bible to be baptized. If for any reason one or
all of you cannot join us on MONTH XX, let me know and we will work out
8-12 / To Families about Birthdays: Childís First
While a year old child isnít aware of the significance of his/her
birthday, the parents consider it to be a milestone. In this letter, the
pastor encourages them to make the church one of their childís early
As NAMEís first birthday approaches, I would like to take this
opportunity to offer the best wishes of myself and the entire parish.
Naturally, she is too young to understand the significance of this
special day, but you as her family can rejoice in the good memories of
this past first year with her.
It is my hope that as the years pass, you will continue to make the
Church an important part of NAMEís life. Though her days are relatively
problem-free now, she is bound to face trials and troubles at some
point. Thatís why itís so vital to make oneís faith real from a young
age; when the difficulties do arise, there is something there to hold
Again, I wish you a pleasant day as NAME celebrates her birthday. May
she have many more birthdays to enjoy.
8-13 / To Families about Births
On behalf of the church staff and the congregation at Community Church,
I would like to congratulate you on the arrival of your son, NAME. It is
an occasion for great joy when the little one finally arrives and both
mother and child are doing well.
The newest member of your family will mean some adjustments for all of
you, as well as greater responsibilities. But with the help of your
loving Heavenly Father Who has given you this precious gift, you will be
able to handle it.
Knowing your faithfulness in attending and serving at church, Iím
certain that we will meet NAME soon, and that you will make every effort
to raise him in a manner which would please God.
In the meantime, you have our prayers and best wishes as you begin the
process of helping him grow physically, emotionally, mentally, and
8-14 / To Families about Dedications: Of New House
I was pleased to receive your request to perform a home dedication for
you. Moving into a new house is always exciting, particularly when you
have had it built for you and have watched from the beginning the
progression from hole in the ground to completed dwelling.
In such circumstances, I feel it is only appropriate to dedicate the
home, and all who re side there, to Godís service. I am more than
willing to participate in it. Have you decided upon a specific format?
If you are interested, I have some material I have used in the past at
which you may look.
In addition, please let me know as soon as possible when you would like
to do this, so that I may mark my calendar. I look forward to this
special time together.
8-15 / To Families about Graduations: Of High School Member
As graduation approaches, we are certain you share our pride in your
child, NAME. Completing high school is a big step and an exciting time
of life, as the young person plans for his/her future.
Community Church will be honoring our graduates and their families
during morning worship on MONTH XX. Each youth will be presented with a
gift from the congregation, and following the ser vice a time of
fellowship over coffee, punch, and cookies will be held.
We hope that you and your family will be able to participate. In
addition, if you have older children who are graduating from college,
please call the church office. We are also interested in honoring them
for their achievements.
Again, congratulations to your graduate.
8-16 / To Families about Holidays: Easter
Coming up with something fresh to say about major holidays is an annual
head ache for most clergy. Note how this pastor calls upon a personal
experience to bring that new element to this Easter letter.
The trial, crucifixion, and resurrection of Christ Ė every Lenten season
we attempt to gain new insight from the same familiar story. Yet how
often do we succeed in truly feeling the physical and emotional pain
that our Lord bore? Does it really penetrate our apathetic hearts just
what Easter means?
Last year, I discovered a renewed appreciation of what Jesus passed
through so many years ago. It came by way of a television special about
Him, one that I had viewed before. While it was good, it had no long
term affect. But this time, I watched it with my children, who had been
too young in other years to stay up to see it.
These little ones, so used to the fighting and killing on TV shows in
which the hero wins, sat teary eyed as they whipped Christ, spat upon
Him, and dragged Him to Golgotha. This was different than what they
usually watched Ė this actually happened to their precious Savior.
Caught up in their reactions, I studied their young faces, so intent on
the gruesome scenes before us. As Jesusí body was placed in the tomb,
they were the picture of sorrow and confusion.
I told them to keep watching. When the resurrection was shown, their
faces immediately transformed into complete joy and relief. ďJesus is
all right!Ē one said over and over.
I admit to spending more time intent on my childrenís responses than on
the TV show. But what I came away with was a new joy, a new
understanding of the reality of the cross and the victory over death
This Easter, I encourage you to discover anew the Easter story. And once
you have, involve your family in helping them to do so too. Read the
Scripture accounts after dinner in a version your children can
understand. Perhaps act out the story. Decorate your home to celebrate.
Mail Easter cards to faraway loved ones. Attend the special services at
You can think of other ideas more appropriate for your family. But
whatever you do, donít let this Easter pass without getting a firmer
grip on what happened over 2,000 years ago in Jerusalem.
May God grant you a truly unique Easter experience this year.
8-17 / To Families about Receptions: Plans to Hold
On Sunday, MONTH XX, Community Church is planning a reception in honor
of NAMEís 20 years in the choir. It will be held in Fellowship Hall from
3:00 to 5:00 PM Iím sure it would mean a great deal to him to have
present as many members of his family as possible.
We are planning a few words from the choir director and some of the
choir members, a presentation of a certificate to him, some music from
anthems sung over the years he has been a part of the choir,
refreshments, and some special surprises. Iím certain it will prove to
be an enjoyable afternoon for all.
We are blessed to have someone like NAME as part of our fellowship. His
dedication to choir and the other work of the church has been an example
to us all, and we are pleased to be able to do something for him.
I sincerely hope that Ďyou will be able to join us on the XXth.
8-18 / To Families about Thank You: For Altar Flowers
Thank you for the recent gift of altar flowers in gratitude for the
successful removal of Marieís brain tumor. We join with you in praising
God for His grace in seeing her through the operation, and we continue
to pray for her as she goes through the process of recovery.
Your gift was a fitting one; the sanctuary was beautified by the
flowers, and as you re quested, they were then taken to the home of a
shut in from the church. In this way, they continue to brighten a heart.
Again, we appreciate your generosity, and we ask Christís blessing on
each member of your family.
8-19 / To Families about Weddings: Decision not to Attend Daughterís
In this delicate situation, the pastor carefully chooses his words so as
not to generate more negative emotion. Though he expresses understanding
of the parentsí feelings, he gently urges them to reconsider, on the
basis of the overall picture.
I was sorry to hear about your decision not to attend NAME and NAMEís
wedding. The beginning of their new life together is an important time
for them, and naturally, they want you, as NAMEís family, to share in it
with them. It is causing them great pain to think that you cannot do
I know that you too are hurting as a result of this situation. It is
always difficult to see your loved one choose to go in a direction you
think is wrong, for whatever reasons. Yet I wonder if any cause of
disagreement is so overwhelming that it is worth completely breaking off
family ties. NAME does not want such a thing to happen, and I believe
that in your hearts, you donít either.
For the sakes of all who are involved in this unpleasantness, I am
asking you to reconsider your position. Certainly NAME has, is, and will
in the future make wrong choices. That is part of the heritage that all
of us, as human beings, are stuck with. But she desperately needs you to
stand by her, in spite of them.
I realize that attending the wedding will not be easy for you to do, but
I am confident that if you can make the extra effort and look at the
long-range picture, instead of just what is happening now, you will not
regret it. If, on the other hand, you stick with your decision, you may
well come to feel it is one of the biggest mistakes you ever made.
If I can be of any assistance, please donít hesitate to contact me. I am
hopeful that God will help all parties to reach a place of
reconciliation before the wedding date arrives.
8-20 / To Groups about Anniversaries: Of Group
Thirty years ago, a small group of women at Community Church met to
discuss their concern for the denominationís missionaries. While the
missionariesí major needs were being cared for, the ladies felt that a
number of little things could be done on a regular basis to brighten the
days of the workers on the field. Organizing under the name of the
Womenís Missionary Society, the group committed itself to writing weekly
letters, providing remembrances for birthdays and Christmas, and keeping
the church updated about the missionariesí personal victories and prayer
From this humble beginning, the group has grown in both size and
purpose. In addition to the initial projects, it has taken on year-round
fundraising for missions, setting up several missions services a year,
and actively recruiting future missionaries from the youth.
All this is at a time when it is increasingly difficult to get
volunteers to do anything. Ladies of the Missionary Society, we salute
you on this occasion of your thirtieth anniversary. You have spent those
many years in faithful service to your Lord, and He will surely reward
you as you deserve. If each of the missionaries whom you have aided
could do it, Iím certain they would join together in one mighty voice of
thanks for all you have done.
May our Heavenly Father continue to bless and guide your efforts on
behalf of our missionaries.
8-21 / To Groups about Awards & Honors: Presented to Group
It is with great pleasure that I inform you that Community Church has
been selected by the denomination as the recipient of the 200X Best
Sunday school Growth Award. This honor recognizes the tremendous effort
that the Sunday school department, as well as each member who has
attended, has made in building up our Christian education classes.
As your pastor, I am extremely proud of our department for achieving
this accomplishment. Many churches never are able to reach it. But then
Iíve always known there was some thing special about the congregation
Again, thanks to all who have helped make this award possible. May we
continue to work together not just to watch our Sunday school grow, but
to see more people commit their lives to Christ and mature in that
8-22 / To Groups about Certificates: Ready to be Picked Up
Congratulations! You have successfully passed the CPR course you have
been attending at Youth Group. Iím pleased to say that everyone who
attended each of the sessions held in the past month did well on the
exam. It will be a blessing for the parish to know that in case of an
emergency, so many of our youth are qualified in CPR.
A certificate made out in your name is waiting for you in the church
office. Please pick it up sometime within the next few weeks. Again, our
8-23 / To Groups about Funerals: Of Group Members
The funeral for NAME and NAME will be held on DAY, MONTH XX, at 10:00 AM
in NAME OF MORTUARY, ADDRESS.
Since you are a part of the Faithful Followers Sunday school class in
which Mr. and Mrs. NAME were involved, their children and families would
like to invite you to a dinner at Community Church immediately after the
burials at CEMETARY NAME.
The tragic, unexpected loss of the NAMEs is a severe blow to all who
knew and loved them. Please remember to keep the families in your
prayers. While they may never have answers as to why the car accident
claimed the lives of NAME and NAME, God can strengthen them as they go
through this time of sorrow. And we can all take comfort in the
assurance that the NAMEs are now in the very presence of Jesus, the Lord
they served so faithfully.
8-24 / To Groups about Holidays: Christmas
Christmas is a time of giving. At no other time in the year are we so
kind, thoughtful, and generous.
And this is as it should be. Giving helped celebrate that first
Christmas, for when the Wisemen found the Baby Jesus, they presented
treasures to Him. Throughout the Bible, we have many other examples of
generosity and its rewards. Vastly exceeding even them is Godís greatest
gift to mankind, His son. Subjected to one of the cruelest deaths
imaginable, He submitted to it in order that we might live.
At this wonderful time of year, we can follow His footsteps by purposing
in our hearts to be generous, yes, to our loved ones, but also to those
who are in need, whether or not we call them friends. I challenge you
this Christmas to seek out someone like that, a lonely, elderly person,
a neglected child, an unemployed father, or a youth far from home. Find
out what you can do to make his/her holiday a little brighter, It need
not be expensive; time and some thought will mean more than costly
In helping others who canít pay you back, you are really helping
yourself. Giving is one of the secrets of life. It is a basic clue to
lifeís meaning. The grain of wheat cannot release its life unless it
dies; the atom cannot give its power unless it is split. In fact, life
cannot fulfill itself unless it is generous.
One of the most startling things Jesus said concerned the generosity of
life. ďFor whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses
his life for my sake will find itĒ (Matthew 16:25). In holding onto
life, we lose. In giving it away, we keep it.
Christmas is a good time to learn this secret. May you have a rich and
fulfilling holiday. I hold you in my prayers.
8-25 / To Groups about Recognition of Service: Of Group
Now that another Easter season is over, I would like to thank all of you
in the Pathfinders class who helped in planning and putting on the
Wednesday evening Lenten services. I found each one to be meaningful and
well done; they added to my personal celebration of the resurrection of
our Lord. While they must have involved a significant amount of time and
effort, you have the satisfaction of knowing they went as scheduled,
ministering to the congregation as it prepared for Easter.
Again, I appreciate your hard work and dedication. I know I can count on
8-26 / To Groups about Showers: Thank You for Holding
On behalf of my wife and myself, I would like to thank you for the
recent baby shower you put on for us. The entire Couples Club went to a
great deal of work to make it an enjoyable evening for NAME and me, and
we will not soon forget the loving expression of caring. The gifts were
also much appreciated, and will be put to good use as soon as our child
We would invite each of you to plan on coming over to meet our new son
or daughter. It gives us joy to know that he/she will have such a
wonderful group of people with which to grow up.
8-27 / To Groups about Thank You: For Memorial Gift
On behalf of the staff and congregation at Community Church, I would
like to thank you for the ceiling fan donated by the Faithful Followers
adult Sunday school class in memory of member NAME.
Iím certain the NAME family is deeply touched by this gift, one that
will be appreciated by everyone, particularly in the summer months when
the sanctuary used to get so hot. Each time the fan is used, we will
You have chosen a practical and appropriate manner in which to express
your sorrow at losing John from your class. We are deeply grateful.
8-28 / To Individuals about Awards & Honors: Sunday School Teacher of
For a significant award such as this, the letter writer wanted more than
just a statement of announcement and congratulations. In this letter, he
specifies not only the requirements for the honor and who makes the
selection, but adds his personal pleasure at having worked with the
recipient. With this much detail, the letter will be a treasured
keepsake for her.
It is a great privilege for me to inform you that you have been selected
as Sunday school Teacher of the Year. This award is to honor you for the
years of faithful service you have given the children of this church,
and we hope you will accept it as a token of the gratitude of the church
staff and congregation.
The Sunday school Teacher of the Year is selected on the basis of
evaluations of myself, the Director of Christian Education, other staff,
teachers, and pupils. The winner is to be a person of integrity,
consistently demonstrating a Christian lifestyle. He or she is to be
faithful in attendance and show an interest in continuing to develop new
and more effective teaching methods. A personal interest in the students
which extends beyond the classroom is necessary.
In these and other considerations, you have excelled. Therefore, you are
to be congratulated as the 200X Sunday school Teacher of the Year.
For me, personally, it has been a joy to work with you. Having you as
one of our teachers has been an asset to the entire church. May God
bless you in every way as you continue to serve Him.
8-29 / To Individuals about Birthdays: Eightieth
In addition to acknowledging first birthdays, itís appropriate to do so
with those who reach milestones such as 75, 80, 85, and above. The
letter writer takes the opportunity to also thank the honoree for the
seemingly small contributions she has made over the years to the church.
All of us at Community Church want to wish you the best on the occasion
of your 80th birth day. Reaching this milestone is a great achievement,
but even more noteworthy is what you have accomplished in that amount of
Over the years you have been a member, you have taught Sunday school,
sang in the choir, served on the board, and worked at countless church
ice cream socials. Numerous visitors have been greeted by your smile,
and itís not unusual to see you soothing a fussy baby so its mother can
have a break. In short, you have been a faithful servant to your Lord.
Now God has granted you this special birthday. Enjoy it! We are
confident that you will continue to minister in His name, and that He
will bless your efforts and your life.
8-30 / To Individuals about Certificates: Verifying Details
Welcome! We were pleased to have you officially join Community Church
last Sunday, and we trust that membership will result in both ministry
to you and from you.
A certificate acknowledging your new status is being prepared for you.
In order that it may be filled out correctly, please check the spelling
of your name and the other information at the bottom of this letter. If
any corrections need to be made, contact the church office at once.
The completed certificate will be mailed to you within the next two
Again, we are delighted to have you as part of our fellowship, and if
there is anything I can do for you, donít hesitate to call my office.
8-31 / To Individuals about Engagement: Broken
While a broken engagement may not be as traumatic as a divorce, it can
cause a great deal of emotional pain. Yet most people donít consider
that when they hear of one. Here the letter writer sensitively offers
support without prying into the reasons or taking sides.
I was saddened to hear recently that your engagement to NAME has been
broken. Such a step is always difficult, and you will be in my prayers
as you adjust to it.
Nevertheless, it is certainly preferable to break an engagement than to
later go through a divorce. If the problems in the relationship caused
you to wonder about the chances of a successful marriage, then you
showed wisdom in stopping now instead of going ahead and risking a
It may not seem like it now, but God will lead you to the right person
to marry, whether it means going back to NAME at some point or finding
someone new. In the meantime, He cares about you and will help you
through this rough time.
If you feel like talking, give me a call.
8-32 / To Individuals about Funerals: After Loved Oneís
If you are like many other bereaved spouses, you probably have little if
any memory of NAMEís funeral. Thatís perfectly understandable, but I did
want you to know that it was one of the most moving funerals at which I
have officiated. The great number of people who attended could not help
but be touched by the obvious Spirit of the Lord. I am certain that even
in death, NAME was a tremendous testimony to the hope of life in Christ.
Of course, this does not by any means make up for the heartbreaking loss
you have experienced. Life without her will always be difficult to some
extent, although your pain will lessen after a time. Yet even so, you
can take comfort in that NAME showed her deep faith to those who knew
and loved her both before and after she departed from this life.
May the caring and compassion of God reach out to you during this
8-33 / To Individuals about Graduations: Congratulations to Individual
Congratulations on this important milestone in your life! We at
Community Church rejoice with you in this accomplishment.
We will be honoring all of our graduates on DAY, MONTH XX, in our
morning worship service. We will be presenting a gift to each graduate
in recognition of their hard work. We hope you can be with us, that we
might be able to congratulate you personally.
8-34 / To Individuals about Receptions: Informing Others
Can you imagine serving 20 years as Sunday school superintendent? Time
after time, dealing with unruly children, curriculum that isnít in when
needed, and teacher vacancies would be something many of us would not
want to face. Yet NAME has faithfully served in this position since
Iím sure you agree that something special would be in order as this
remarkable man steps down. Whatís being planned is a surprise reception
to honor NAME. Set for DAY, MONTH XX, at 2:00 PM, it will be held in the
Fellowship Hall. Punch and cookies will be served, and we are asking
everyone to write down a humorous or inspirational experience about NAME
to be read aloud at the reception.
I know NAME would want you to come, so mark your calendar now. But
remember, itís a surprise!
8-35 / To Individuals about Recognition of Service: Choir Director
Itís not necessary to wait to acknowledge years of service until the
person is celebrating a round number such as twenty or thirty years. A
simple letter of appreciation like the following might make the
difference in whether or not the recipient quits when things get rough
or stays with it to reach a round number.
As I was recently checking through some church files, it came to my
attention that you have been choir director for 37 years. I had no idea
that you dedicated your time and talent to Community Church for so long!
Your loyal service is certainly commendable; what a fine example of
faithfulness year after year. I am certain that many people in the
congregation have also noticed your hard work and determination to
always have a prepared choir. Even though it may not be said often, you
Again, my thanks for your years of work with the choir. I trust that you
will continue for many more.
8-36 / To Individuals about Retirement
On behalf of the staff at Community Church, I would like to congratulate
you upon your retirement from COMPANY NAME after 30 years of employment.
Your faithful service there has been an example to your fellow
employees, your supervisors, and your family. I firmly believe that the
Bible teaches that putting in a good dayís work and having integrity in
oneís job are important. You have demonstrated those characteristics
consistently over the years.
Now as you enter this new stage of your life, I pray that God would
bless and guide you each step of the way. You may be retired, but He
still has plenty for you to do!