2015-10-14 / Editorial


Jim Shumard

It is with much sadness and great expectations that I tell you I will be leaving Waynesboro at the end of October. I say, “leaving Waynesboro” because of how much I have been involved in the life of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church and the town of Waynesboro and Burke County, even though my family and I live in Savannah. It is in fact time for St. Michael’s to call a minister who lives in or close to Waynesboro so they can be even more involved in the day-to-day life of this town.

Waynesboro is a most wonderful secret that is on the verge of being discovered by those caught up in the busy-ness of Augusta. One of my great joys has been in walking the streets of Waynesboro during the day and dropping in on friends. I am within seconds, more than minutes -- of the hospital, the Square, Don Lively’s office at the old ice house, Benjie’s hair salon, my brother’s apartment at Waynesboro Academy, the pharmacy, the old guys coffee group at McDonald’s and all the grocery stores. I am only seconds and minutes from meeting someone for a meal on the square at Burke Perk’s and Good Day; picking up my paper at The True Citizen; stopping by the post office; visiting in the homes of parishioners and being able to leave my car for service at Southern Auto and walking either to Rotary, lunch or back to the office and walking the Labyrinth.

It has also been my great joy to have written close to 200 columns for The True Citizen over the last five years. I am always in awe that something comes to mind in writing these columns and writing sermons. I trust that is the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. I have enjoyed the freedom to write about religious, political and humorous topics, and I thank The True Citizen for giving me this opportunity. I kept waiting for them to say, “Well Jim you went a little too far this time!” yet they never did. They have been more than gracious in not only allowing such freedom but for forgiving me for not meeting deadlines.

Most of all I will miss the comments I receive when walking the streets of Waynesboro or attending civic meetings or board meetings. Perfect strangers will thank me for what I have written. There are a few who turn their heads when they see me coming -- JUST KIDDING!

I am already jealous of the next minister who is called to St. Michael’s and has the opportunity to live in or closer to this community. That is one of the joys of being a minister in a small town, but in my case, my wife has had a wonderful job in Savannah that I want her to keep. She followed my career for years and now I am following hers. Please keep me in your prayers as I will keep Waynesboro/Burke County and St. Michael’s in my prayers.

God be with you or in other words, Goodbye. May God bless you and all of Waynesboro and Burke County.

For what it’s worth.

Dr. Jim+

“For now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face.” I Corinthians 13.12 KJV.

Rev. Shumard is rector of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Waynesboro. You may contact him at jshumie@aol.com or at stmichaelswaynesboro.org.

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