Despite a fever of 102 Wednesday afternoon, I got out of bed and went to Fourth Presbyterian for my going away party. My fever broke about the time we pulled into the parking lot, so I felt much better by the time the festivities took place. I tried not to contaminate anyone, just in case.
In my six months as interim choir director, I had not attended a meal or Wednesday evening program. I was always busy with preparations for the rehearsal to follow. Turns out they have a nice thing going, with an inexpensive catered meal and regular program.
Dr. McSween and several members of the choir stood and said nice things about me, then they presented me with a lovely framed proclamation from the Session, a small framed picture of the church, and an extravagant gift certificate. I was touched. Combining illness with emotion wasn’t a good idea, especially for one who had to say a few words in response. I survived, though.
The second part of the program was to introduce Hank Hinnant as the new Minister of Music. Again, it was a great tribute to Hank, with recognition of Raymond Kyser in the audience, retired from the church after 37 years as director. Despite my not feeling well, I was glad I went.