A Letter from a founding member of Martin
To the Members of William C Martin UMC,
A week or so ago, I was driving along not really knowing where I was. As I turned the corner, your church sign came into view. You have no idea as to the rush of emotion I felt. It was a tsunami of wonderful feelings of warmth, family, belonging, being close to God, dedication and so much more. My and my family’s life and world was your church.
I am eighty now but at the ripe old age of about twenty-three, I had a house built on Koen Lane in Euless. My wife Lou and I and our two young children moved into that home. To start with, there were not many places to eat out, and it was like a national holiday when McDonald’s opened.
I don’t really remember who invited us to your church but I do remember Reverend John Lukert as my first pastor. I had once wanted to be a pastor so John and I became friends and our families shared many good times together. John and I worked to build the congregation and began looking to build a permanent structure.
John moved on and the Reverend Richard Penna took the helm. I became closer to him than any other person in my life except family. Richard was like a brother to me.
Richard and I made many visits to the local community inviting people to visit our church just one time. Many of the people did and they kept coming back. We were a good team as our personalities had just a touch of humor.
I was elected Lay Leader twice during our time there and taught the adult Sunday school class or they taught me. My wife and I led by example. We were at nearly every opportunity offered and our family prospered as in Christian life.
One of the proudest moments in my life was a day when Reverend Penna had to be absent. As lay Leader I was given the opportunity to lead the service. Reverend Penna had suggested that I have both of my two boys do a mini sermon. That had to be one of the proudest days of my life.
I could go on and on but I just wanted to share the emotion felt as memories came flooding back. What an awesome experience William C Martin was for us. It helped us to build an even stronger religious experience for our family, new friends and the Euless-Bedford community.
As I walked the quiet and empty halls of the church that day, I felt proud, happy and humbled. I could see that the small flame that we had started, became a large and warming fire.
God greatly blessed me and my family while we were there. I know that He will continue to bless your congregation as you reach out to your community and beyond. It is my wish that all of you experience what I and my family did.