Alice & Bruce Gibson
The Strength of Our Church Family
St. Paul’s is the family with whom we share life’s journey. We celebrate and cry together. We talk and listen to each other. We help each other throughout our lives. It is a wonder how people who do not have a church family can make it!
So many of our best memories are associated with St. Paul’s. We have been here over 26 years, with our younger son, Jackson, having been born into the church family. In 1995, our sons James (age 5) and Jackson (age 2) had a freak accident that injured Jackson’s right eye. The love of our St. Paul’s family helped us through a difficult journey we never expected. For example, two dear friends, Jerry Redditt and former member Jo Wintker stepped up to host James’ birthday party, which was about a month after the accident. They knew we still were facing frequent trips to Vanderbilt to see Jackson’s eye specialists. Their hospitality assured James could enjoy his birthday despite our dealing with the details of his brother’s doctor appointments.
One of Alice’s most meaningful ministries is as a member of Daughters of the King (DOK). Since her youth, prayer is an essential part of her life. Being in DOK provided Alice an avenue for spiritual growth. It is an honor being one of the prayer warriors for our clergy and parish family. Making intercessory prayers on behalf of others is an integral part of Alice’s daily life. It has brought her closer to God.
Bruce and Alice are both blessed to be involved in several ministries together: Eucharistic Ministry, Altar Guild, Cursillo, Habitat builds, and past teaching of Sunday school. Alice is also involved with VBS, Intercessory Prayer for our children and youth, Wednesday Bible Study, and Choir. She is one of the founders of Cub Scout Pack 108, past president of Episcopal Church Women, and the former chair of our Women’s Retreat Committee. Bruce served on the diocesan Christian education workgroup, a discernment team, and our long-range planning committee. Together they led several series of the Alpha Marriage Course. For several years the entire family hosted our annual craft and bake sale benefitting the clergy discretionary funds and CONNECT Ministry. Bruce, Alice, and Jackson continue to host this event.
We believe it is the responsibility of every member of a family to support the family in whatever ways possible; with financial resources, physical labors, worship, and prayer.
- WORSHIP—8:30 a.m. service (Alice sings in the Choir at 11 a.m.)
- SERVE—DOK, Eucharistic Ministers, Altar Guild, Cursillo, VBS, Wednesday Bible Study, Choir, Long-Range Planning Committee, and more
- GIVE—We pledge because we as the church are a family, and it is the responsibility of every family member to provide support.