Gladys Martin



GLADYS IS PAST DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION

 
When the Church was using the Seventh Day Adventist building (just the church building, not the school) space was at a premium for Sunday School classes, some of which had only five or six children.  Every available room was used, even the restrooms in the area near where the altar and pulpit were.  Father Shackell was unaware of this arrangement until one memorable Sunday when he decided, during the hymn immediately preceding the sermon, to make a quick trip to the restroom.  You can imagine his discomfort when he opened the door and was greeted by "Hi, Father Shackell!" from half a dozen first and second graders sitting on the floor!
 
For a period of time, the "hilltop house" (formerly a sheepherder's residence) was the only building we owned, and it was used as Father Shackell's residence as well as a meeting place for all weekday activities.  The bathroom opened onto both the bedroom and a very small room used as my office.  During a weekend-long conference, one member decided to demonstrate our camaraderie by putting a "MEN" sign on one door, "WOMEN" on the other.
 
When the church building was new, we were visited by a Bishop from England.  All of the acolytes, choir, and clergy were gathered outside the church, waiting for the service to start.  The Bishop had been delayed, but the members of the procession were extremely patient; the last game of the World Series was being played - - several members had brought portable radios and everyone listened to the game until the very last second - - very reluctant churchgoers!
 

Gladys Martin