Retirement of Rev. Dr. Linwood ``Woody’’ H. Chamberlain, Jr.by Senator Sherrod Brown
Posted on 2013-01-24
BROWN. Madam President, I rise today to celebrate the career and
the calling of a remarkable Ohioan and a close friend, the Reverend Dr.
Linwood H. Chamberlain, Jr. Our Pastor Woody and his wife Peggy are
important to Connie and me and to our whole community in Lorain.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, of which I am a member, embraces the motto, ``God's work, our hands.'' It means moral imperatives must be the concern of every citizen. In his 31 years of service to the First Lutheran Church of Lorain, OH, Pastor Woody has labored for love and for justice. He has been doing God's work, as has his wife Peggy, supporting those who suffer, celebrating our community's joys, and being concerned with every citizen.
Pastor Woody has been a counselor and a friend to many. His words, his attentiveness, his patient understanding, and his gentle encouragement have helped members of my home church tackle seemingly intractable problems with poise and with confidence. He supported the First Lutheran family through weddings and funerals, through baptisms and celebrations, and I am especially grateful for his prayers and wisdom over the years.
Pastor Woody has been so valuable to our church, and his leadership will be missed as he just retired. His retirement will be celebrated this coming Sunday.
My mother, whose faith was especially important to her, passed away 4 years ago, around this time of year. She was in hospice care in her final days. My wife Connie and I were at her bedside--and my brothers Bob and Charlie and their wives Anne and Catherine were at her bedside over the past 6 weeks--and one day when I was with my Mom I asked if there was anything I could do to comfort her. She was 88 years old. She was just a remarkable woman as a mother and as a wife and an activist in the community. She asked me to sing an old Lutheran hymn to her, which I did. The song was ``Beautiful Savior.'' She took my hand in hers as I sang. She said, ``That was very nice, Sherrod.'' She said, ``But you really do sound better in a group.'' My mom was right. We all sound better in a group, work better in a group, and that was exemplified in so many ways by Pastor Woody's leadership at First Lutheran. It is a lesson we all can learn in this body as we go about our daily lives.
I suggest the absence of a quorum.
The PRESIDING OFFICER. The clerk will call the roll.
The bill clerk proceeded to call the roll.