by Cherelyn Strickland
SUNNYSIDE, Wash., September 11, 2014 - Pastor Larry Mays' last Sabbath at Sunnyside (Wash.) Church was Aug. 30.
Mays was in ministry for almost 40 years serving in California and Ohio along with Sunnyside and Granger churches in Washington. On Aug. 24, the church had a goodbye/retirement social for the church and community to attend. Mays was very active in the community, even serving as head of the ministerial association for the collective churches in Sunnyside. And he was often called on to give the prayer before town council meetings.
Among his various duties, he enjoyed the Pathfinder Club; having recently taken almost a full month escorting the Sunnyside English and Spanish church clubs to Oshkosh, Wisconsin., for the International Pathfinder event. He made sure that along the way the kids saw Yellowstone National Park, Mt. Rushmore, the largest water park in the U.S., and many other sites that most of the youth may never see again.
During his last sermon, after almost 19 years in Sunnyside, Mays asked for a show of hands of those who have known him as their only pastor. More than 50 percent of the congregation raised their hands. So it was hard to say goodbye, but the church members pray that Mays and his wife, Lynell, will be blessed during their retirement in Idaho.