“I Appreciate You”“I appreciate you, Stephen.” These were the words I often heard from a professor and advisor at Candler School of theology. His name was Dr. Gordon Thompson and he was a member of the North Georgia Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. He was on Staff at the Seminary for many years and wrote the Sunday School lessons for the Wesleyan Christian Advocate for many years.Gordon was gracious and kind. He tried, always, to be encouraging. I do not know that he ever had a bad day. If he did, he did not make it known. We would have to read it on his face. What he taught me most of all is to show appreciation to people and do my best not to let them feel taken for granted.This Sunday we will honor Ann Stafford with a worship service and covered dish luncheon. It will be our way of encouraging her and thanking her for her many years of service in and to the congregation. I am honored to honor Ann and her contributions to the life of this congregation.