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Photos courtesy of Perry Klein.

Co-pastors Revs. Ruth and Brian Hamilton were honored at Westminster Presbyterian Church with a weekend of celebratory events with the theme of “through the years.”

The celebration started at Friday Night Jazz. The signature event of the celebration was a brunch and program on Feb. 13 celebrating their first 20 years of service at Westminster and in the Southwest community. Members of the congregation provided music and words of appreciation. Performances by musicians from Jazz Night and Blue Monday Blues kept the event festive. Councilmember Charles Allen delivered congratulations and a proclamation from the city council. Minister of Music Shirli Hughes created a delightful comic reflection on the years the Hamiltons served Westminster Church. An abundant meal topped off the joyful event where community residents, church members, family, friends, neighbors, and guests could join together to express appreciation for the Hamiltons.

Sunday morning’s worship service brought the previous pastor, Rev. Jeanne MacKenzie, back to the pulpit along with Parish Partner, Rev. Harry Stock. A special visual memorial center, displaying pictures of members and friends of Westminster brought their spirit into this time together. Those who attended had the opportunity to write messages directly to the Hamiltons and add their signature to the photo-matte that will be displayed in church to commemorate the celebration weekend.

The weekend celebration reflected the Hamiltons’ impact on the Southwest community. Their 20-year journey here has been none short of a divine appointment, where they have worked hand-in-hand with residents for renewal and transformation. This dynamic duo continues to walk by faith into the hearts of its parishioners and neighbors envisioning with them a southwest community that is accepting, caring, and risk-taking—a community where God’s love for all people inspires us to love one another.

By: Marie Sharp and Marcia Bellamy

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