Lori Dowdy Heard

I celebrated my 51st birthday last Sept so I have literally spent my whole life at CIMC.
I have so many fond memories I couldn’t begin to put them all on paper. One that is very vivid to me its when I was a child Communion Sunday was always my favorite. We used real glass communion cups so they had to be washed by hand. My grandad had this job and and I was his helper, we would drink all the juice from the unused cups before we washed them. Even to this day when I have grape juice it always brings back memories of giggling in the church kitchen drinking tiny sips of juice with him.
Every milestone of my life has been marked at this church. From piano recitals, graduating from high school, my wedding, the christening of my son to celebrating the home Coming of many beloved friends especially my grandparents and more recently my dad.
My grandmother once shared with me her story of when they decided to break away from their church home, and what a donting task it was for them and what a gut wrenching decision it was to move away from all that was familiar. At the time I could not fathom the responsibility or the gravity of what she was telling me. But as i have grown older, and strive to continue the legacy of what they started, I understand the importance of what she was sharing with me. Suffice it to say I will probably not be around for the next 50 year celebration but it has been my privilege to be eyewitness to something very special and to see God’s hand at work in so many lives. There is nothing more precious than a lifetime relationship with a church family. CIMC is not just a place I go on Sundays but is a part of who I am.
Lori Dowdy Heard