Beverly Shivers was invited by Rev. Barry Fulton to share a few memories and highlights from his time at TUMC. Her thoughts reflect those of many in the congregation. God bless you, Barry, and may your retirement bring you a measure of the joy you have brought to so many over these nearly 40 years.
In the beginning there was Barry, or that was what it seemed like for our family when we first found out about Tarrytown United Methodist Church.
Our younger son, then in junior high, had heard of a neat youth group led by a charismatic young pastor at TUMC and wanted to be a part of it. At the same time, we, his parents, were looking for a new church home with an active youth program. As it turned out, our son and Barry had led us to the right place.
We started to attend worship and to learn more about the church. It wasn’t very long before our whole family became members a few months later. When our daughter wanted to sing in the choir, Barry welcomed her even though she was still in high school. Thus began our long association with TUMC and our warm 37 year friendship with Barry.
As the years passed, we became more active in the programs of the church—Youth Council, youth ski trips, Disciple Bible Study, several years as a choir member—all of which involved Barry’s able leadership. During that time pastors changed, but Barry remained a constant presence. He performed the wedding ceremony for our daughter and son-in-law, and many years later, the memorial service for my husband. Barry is truly a wonderful friend of our entire family.
It is hard to imagine our church without you, Barry, but you deserve a well-earned rest. Our warm wishes and fond memories go with you. We love you and are glad that you were there to welcome us when we were looking for a new church home.