A Bon Voyage Reception for Eric Goddard and family

On Sunday, June 28 following the worship service, join us for a Bon Voyage Reception to celebrate our music director’s 15 years at First Baptist before he and his family move out of California.

A Note from Eric:

As my family and I prepare to leave Redlands this month, I have been reflecting a lot on the past 15 years that I’ve spent with the gathered body of Christ at The First Baptist Church of Redlands. And so I wanted to write you all a note.

Thank you for welcoming and caring for a scared 22-year-old who’d just finished college and had no idea what was next. Thank you for giving me my first job working at Mustard Seed. Thank you for introducing me to my wife. 

You let me play the piano in worship services and experiment with crazy ideas like listening to Bach in the dark on Good Friday, doing a Seder service in Hebrew, and arranging ‘70s songs for a men’s quartet.When I was diagnosed with diabetes, you cooked for me and prayed with me and cried with me and raised money to help me pay for medication. 

When Erin and I considered adopting three kids ranging in age from 5 to 13, you prayed with us and promised to help us raise them. And you made good on that promise: Your collective love for my kids has honestly changed their lives, helping heal old wounds and making possible what would otherwise have been undoable.

You taught me about Jesus, but more, you showed me how people can follow this Jesus over a long time, even when life is complex and wrenching. You let me participate in your lives and you carried me through hard times in my own.

You have done well by me and my life has been fundamentally changed by you. Thank you.

-words by Eric Goddard, printed in the July 2015 issue of the Tapestry.

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