It’s a strange and precious thing to consider. The beginning of my ministry here with you was marked by the death of my father, Newton Poling. And the end of my twelve and a half years has been marked with the death of my mother, Virginia Poling. These were painful times for me personally, as well as for my family. But in both of these events, Marge and I were showered by the love and support of the faith community. So many expressions of sympathy. So many kind words and actions that helped to convey a sense of shared loss.