Bishop Goodpaster addressed the group for the last time before his retirement and he reflected on a number of personal and professional stories from the past and recently.
He mentioned that his very first appointment was in 1967 when he was a college student, and he did his very first funeral for the mother of the governor of Tennessee. He remarked that the governor was very nice considering he didn’t know much about preaching or leading a funeral.
He completed his message talking about packing for the move to Atlanta in September, and how he and Deborah have discovered a number of old movies that they have collected over the years. Recently they have watched a number of them together.
He recommended two movies during his moments with the clergy for their relativity to working in the church.
“One Foot in Heaven” (1941) actually quotes from The Discipline and is set in a Methodist Church in the early 1900’s.
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The second movie he recommended was Frank Capra’s “You Can’t Take It With You” (1938).
“You Can’t Take It with You is a 1938 American romantic comedy film directed by Frank Capra and starring Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart, and Edward Arnold. Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winningplay of the same name by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, the film is about a man from a family of rich snobs who becomes engaged to a woman from a good-natured but decidedly eccentric family.” (Wikipedia)
Bishop Goodpaster spoke about playing the grandfather in a community theater adaptation of this story while he was serving in an appointment in Mississippi.
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