The Hillsboro Wesleyan Church is celebrating a milestone in the ministerial career of Pastor Roger Miller, who was surprised with the perfect gift for the occasion last Sunday morning at the worship service.
Pastor Miller has served the Hillsboro Wesleyan congregation for 25 years, and is celebrating his 40th year since ordination.
Of course, Roger “ministers” to many friends and neighbors every day with his friendly personality and never ending interest in their lives and families.
The church members couldn’t have picked a more appreciated gift for their pastor, and his many friends will agree. He and his wife were presented with two Green Bay Packer tickets for an upcoming game, along with the gratitude of the entire congregation.
Roger has been well known as a Green and Gold lover as long as anyone can remember. And, who can forget his unending rivalry with one-time Hillsboro High School teacher John Willey, a former neighbor and forever fanatic Minnesota Vikings fan.
John was a first class computer whiz back when there weren’t so many of them. I’ll never forget his incredibly humorous website. On one side of the title page was a Viking football helmet facing a Packer helmet on the other side in a stare-off.
After a short time, the two helmets charged each other on the screen, meeting in the middle where the Viking helmet devoured the poor Packer helmet. It was one of the most original good-natured sporting shots I have ever seen. People would go to the site just to watch the strange battle and laugh at the imaginative message that couldn’t be missed.
As far as I know, both of them are still pure fans of the rival teams…and, somehow, still friendly.
The Wesleyan Church members are very thankful for Roger’s 25 years of service, as well as his 40 years in the ministry. God bless him and his family…as well as his Packers.
Sounds like a good time for some good, old fashioned church humor.
All old timers should live long enough to match this geezer’s record.
Toward the end of the Sunday service, the minister (NOT Roger) asked, “How many of you have forgiven your enemies?”
About 80% of the crowd raised their hands. The minister then repeated the question, and all responded this time except one old man.
“Are you not willing to forgive your enemies?” asked the minister.
“I don’t have any,” the man replied gruffly.
“That is very unusual,” the pastor replied. “How old are you?”
“Ninety eight,” he replied. The congregation stood up and clapped their hands.
The minister then asked, “Would you please come down in front and tell us how a person can live 98 years and not have an enemy in the world?”
The old-timer tottered down the aisle, stopped in front of the pulpit, turned around, faced the congregation and said simply, “I outlived all them jerks,” and calmly returned to his pew.