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We want to thank The Family Research Institute, or whoever it was, that called our attention to the ministry taking place at Grace United Methodist Church in Billings. If it were not for the institute's vile literature, we, retired thousands of miles away in Virginia Beach, might have overlooked or ignored the faithful folk at Grace church who have and who continue to fulfill the Gospel mandate to love their neighbor.

We first worshiped at Grace while Rocky Mountain College students in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s. We have appreciated three generations of clergy and laity who served that section of the Billings community during the past 60 years. We also served and worshiped at First United Methodist Church in downtown Billings from 1985-89. We treasure memories of good folk who lived the beatitudes — blessed ones, seeking God's purpose, practicing mercy and peacemaking, and sometimes criticized or persecuted for righteousness.

We wish we could be in Billings to be with the good people of Grace. Some good can come even from hateful acts; in hopes that someone else might be similarly moved, we are sending our prayers and a love offering to further the ministry taking place at Grace UMC. Perhaps others will want to respond similarly at Grace or a like-minded house of witness and worship.

The Rev. John and Donna Soderberg

Virginia Beach, Va.