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New Church leader says goodbye

May 23, 2012
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

To the editor:

Sadly this will by my last post. If you have room please include this item in the Fort Myers Beach Observer.

"Saying Goodbye is Hard to do," keeps repeating in my head. Nine months of ministering in Fort Myers Beach has given me sweet memories now tinged with sadness. My husband's health and need for medical care necessitates our move back to Tucson, Ariz., to our home.

We came from the desert where we enjoyed watching birds make their home in the monumental saguaro. Coyotes often sauntered across the street, quail ran in alarm when and the famed roadrunners dashed swiftly into the bushes. Here, I walked at the edge of the "womb of creation," watched dolphin swim close to the shore, egrets, plovers, herons, sea gulls and pelicans swooping in for their meals. Here, I met many of you on the beach at sunrise. We became friends, wishing each other "Good Morning." Every day I was welcomed to another day in paradise.

I take this opportunity to thank each of you for supporting the New Church of Southwest Florida with food and monetary donations. I must admit loving the work I came here to do -working with the VIP Kids at Beach Elementary and serving community. I love taking pictures wherever I go. These pictures will always remind me of this beautiful place where people are generous, kind and hospitable.

Although I will miss the beach, most of all I will miss you, the people of Fort Myers Beach and the dog friends I met in my beach walks. My last word to you is God is with you and me wherever we go. Amen.

Thank you for welcoming me and thank you for the privilege of serving you.

Rev. Gabriella Cahaley

New Church of Southwest Florida

Fort Myers Beach



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