Message from Martha Rowlett, Senior Pastor Emeritus – November 2018
November 11 is the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. My retirement community is excited about our plans for a day of remembrance/celebration for the occasion. We are the last generation to have firsthand memories of people who were involved in that war. So we are planning to have a sing-along of World War I songs led by a local vocal group, to exhibit memorabilia we have stored for decades, to share memories about people we have known. A retired professor of military history from the Army College at Ft. Leavenworth will share for an hour in the afternoon about the US involvement. We will see the film my family produced from a box of 100 year old letters he sent from France in 1918. Amazing things are coming out of the closets: a uniform, a helmet, a purple heart, picture postcards, an Army Songbook, shell cases, even a section of rusty barbed wire! If you have ever seen Steven Spielberg’s movie WAR HORSE, you know about the barbed wire. Anyway, if you want to have your own commemoration of that day in our history, you can watch our film on YouTube by just entering the name “Daddy, What Did You Do in the War?” Add the name Rowlett and click. It is 30 minutes long. This day of commemoration is intended to be a reminder of what our ancestors sacrificed so that we can live in a democracy. It is also a clear challenge to our generation to do what is needed in our time to secure democracy for our descendants.
Weaving Prayer Into the Tapestry of Life
Martha Rowlett is a minister in the United Methodist Church, a prolific blogger, and author of four books on prayer. Her book, Weaving Prayer Into the Tapestry of Life, provides an overview of the understanding and practice of prayer, offering an invitation to the reader to move from thinking to doing.
Read Martha’s writings from her blog at WeavingPrayerIntoTheTapestryOfLife.Com
Former senior pastor at Rolling Hills, Martha has served in local churches and on Conference staff in the United Methodist Church. Originally from Virginia, she has lived most of her adult life in California and Washington and currently enjoys mountain living in Asheville, North Carolina.