At the end of June, Carole Halmekangas will retire as our Director of Traditional Worship after 45 years of service to Ward Church. Since coming to Ward three years ago, I have marveled at her incredible gifts and grace. I have worked with many musicians over the years, but none more talented than Carole. Music is a part of her and seems to flow effortlessly through her. However, the amazing talent Carole possesses isn’t even the best part about her. Carole has a winsome grace-filled walk with Jesus that permeates her life. It is unusual for one so gifted to walk with such humility. It has been a great privilege to serve Christ with Carole. I have found in her a kindred spirit that understands the joys and challenges of ministry.
Our friend Carole avoids the limelight and squirms under public recognition. I invite you to join me in “silently” honoring her by posting a tribute to her ministry. Let her know how she has brightened your life and lifted your spirit. All of the posts will be printed and included in a book for Carole.