Join me in celebrating the ministry of Beth Andrews. Share your love and admiration for Beth as well as your experiences with her through the years.
Thank you, Beth, for letting God use you in our lives in such significant ways. Thank you for all the miles you have traveled on our behalf and for all the words you have written that still guide us today. The work you have done regarding church library policies has been a true gift for most of our libraries.
May your retirement be a continuation of your ministry with all of us! We love you!
Beth, your years of keeping us inspired and focused are much appreciated.
Beth, congratulations on your retirement! You have been such a blessing to Anne and me for so many years... back when you, the librarian at Travis Avenue (Fort Worth's big church,) so willingly helped Anne in her early days at Wedgwood (a much smaller church.) We have enjoyed 'hanging out' with you and Jerry over many a meal. Your work in our local associational meetings and at state and national conferences will long bear fruit.
Through the years, you have encouraged me in whatever wild-eyed application I was working on at the time, helping me think through the possibilities from your church librarian's perspective. You embraced eBook technology early on, and your church library became one of the very first to make it available.
What a legacy you have created! As you and Jerry make this life transition, Anne and my prayers go with you. Thank you, Beth.
We laughed about how I was always saying to students and my team, "In case I get hit in the head, you need to know this." Well, it happened! And, it's true. We church library ministry leaders share our life's calling, this very worthy ministry, as often as we can with all who will listen, for there comes a day when we might get hit in the head or get to enjoy a well deserved retirement and we can hand responsibility over to another.
You have been my teacher, mentor, co-worker, trusted advisor, friend, and rescuer! Congratulations on your retirement!
I am praying for you as you transition into this new chapter of life.
One request... Please, continue to pray for the church library ministry.
My Jerry and I will leave the porch light on for y'all to come visit us in Louisiana.
Love you, Hope Ferguson
WOW - Beth retiring? Hard to imagine. I know you will stay busy especially doing fantastic, fun things like being with the kids and grandkids. Stay in touch with us. We cannot stand the thoughts of you disappearing from our lives. You are one beautiful, gracious lady and we support you in everything you endeavor.
Beth, you have been such an inspiration to me for many years......and such a blessing. My favorite memories are the time you spent in Concord, NC doing an association conference for us. We had time together at my home to rest and share time together. We all enjoyed your visit and learned so much!! I think of you often and cherish the memories we made together! I pray that you and Jerry will enjoy your retirement and that God will bless you richly!! Love you, Myra
Dear Beth! I think the years of retirement are great! Now that Spring has truly sprung and May is showing off all of her beauty, I find that every day holds all sorts of possibilities for adventures with the Lord! Now you will have the time to do all that you have "put off" doing! I know that you get great satisfaction from all your years of service and your reward is certain! I have enjoyed every class with you, and then our fun times at RC and Glorieta--and now you go forward and sing that song we used to sing, "Happy Days! Happy Days! Oh what joy this life is bringing! Happy Days! Happy Days! To the wind all sorrows flinging! Happy Days! Happy Days! When the heart if filled with singing! Happy Days! Happy Days! Oh what joyous, happy days!" Yes! there are good days ahead and you will have time now to read my 557 page book of memoirs--Under the Gooseberry Bush! It is on Kindle and Amazon, or at a bookstore! Of course, if you want a signed one, just let me know! Love in any language, Mackie
What would you say to someone you have worked with since 1980 and they were retiring? Well, first of all we have traveled many miles, worked with many directors, written many words, spoken many words and that is just to name a few things. Think of all the meals, conference centers, airplane rides, car rides and restaurants we have endured and enjoyed. Wow! You have been such a joy and blessing to work with and I love you so much. Your positive attitude, your encouragement, your determination and your heart for library ministry makes it appropriate that today be Beth Andrews Day on our website. Along with thanking you I would be remiss to leave out our "token" male, Jerry, who always drove, carried our matrials, helped us with room design and often rode in the back of the vans so we girls could all be together. Thank you Jerry!
And we always remember our mantra, "librarians don't retire, they just check out." See you in the sonshine.
First Baptist Church Euless
Beth and Jerry, thank you for years of dedication and service in library work. It's been a wondrous journey, hasn't it? There are lots of "remembering whens" through the years as we have worked and travelled together in DACLO, Texas and across the Convention. I am so glad you chose to take the job at Park Cities and settled into a Dallas routine. You both served us well. Now, go and enjoy those grandchildren to the max! Randall and I have you on our prayer list.
Beth has been a "Jewel" for librarians in NC for many years. I remember especially one year when she & Jerry were on their way home from a conference they stopped and visited the Library at HGBC and stayed for worship that day. Then we had lunch together. She's one I email abt her ideas on a problem or just for encouragement. I think of her as a BFF!
Beth, it has been a joy to know you and serve with you through the years in library ministry. You have been a faithful servant and a great librarian. May this new season of life hold many blessings for you.