This past Monday, I had the great privilege of visiting with Phyllis Metcalfe. My dear friend, Nancy Scambler, who initiated the idea of a visit, made sure to run it by Phyllis and her family and planned a safe visit.
For a month, I waited and waited for the visit as I had not seen Phyllis in-person for well over two years. I missed her warmth, humour, and reminders that she has been praying for our church. I missed hearing her constant refrain: “God is good!”
Our Lord has been good to Phyllis. Did you know that she has never been hospitalized?
Our Lord has been good to us through Phyllis. After arriving from Winnipeg in May 1957, she became a member of FBC in June 1957. Phyllis and I share one commonality. We became members of FBC when we were just about to turn 36 years old. In her 64 years at FBC, she taught young children in Sunday School (picking up children in her 1962 Ford Falcon!), served as a deacon, took part in the Muriel Harrington and Vimala Mission Circles, showed remarkable hospitality to newcomers and visitors at Pinder Hall, and participated in several weekly prayer groups for many years. Moreover, she worked as the Church Clerk for 24 years (1962 to 1986). After her retirement, she volunteered as a church receptionist for three mornings a week for 20 years!
During the visit, I noticed several things. Her energy. Her floral apron. Her creased, leather-bound Bible. Her devotional titled “God’s Promises for Your Every Need.”
As a person of prayer, Phyllis has and continues to rely on God’s promises. I’ve seen it in the ways that she continues to pray for our church. I’ve experienced it in the ways that she has kept my family in her prayers.
On September 22nd, Phyllis will be celebrating her 100th birthday. If you are able to, please be sure to let her know that she is loved and appreciated.
As Phyllis would often remind me, God is good.
All the time. He is good.
P.S. I would like to express my deep gratitude to Nancy Scambler for providing the details of Phyllis’s active service at FBC.