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Fountain City UMC
Pastor and Assistant
Emory United Methodist
Beverly Robinette is serving as an Associate Pastor at Fountain City UMC in Knoxville.
Emory United Methodist Church
Beverly Robinette-- Pastor/Asst.Chaplain
A Christmas to remember - WashCoNews.com - The Heart of Historic Abingdon, VA
The neatly wrapped package lay inconspicuously behind the tree until Beverly Robinette,s family presented her with a gift that would be a keepsake for years to come.Tearing the paper away from the box, Robinette noticed the apple trademark for Macintosh. ,Hmm, could this be a laptop computer in such a thin box,, she thought.Much to her surprise, the contents of the box unleashed a gamut of emotions from laughter to tears of joy.Kobler,s gift was a book that contains photographs of the Emory family when Robinette, Kobler and daughter Clara traveled to the Philippines for the adoption of their younger son, Andrew.Robinette spontaneously began reading each page of the book, just as she does for Andrew and Clara when they curl up by her side to hear the true story. ,Once upon a time there was a Mommy and Daddy and a big sister named Clara.They wanted their family to grow and to have someone very special to love,., As she spun out her story, Robinette read with an expression in her voice that carried her back to the day they first met Andrew.It,s such a unique and beautiful story that it needed documentation,, said Kobler. ,It,s a great way for Andrew to know his story, too., The child often requests having the book read to him before bedtime.Quilted MemoriesRobinette remembers another beautiful Christmas gift that evokes many loving memories of her grandmother.When Robinette was 14, her grandmother passed away. ,We were very close,, she said.The following Christmas, Robinette had forgotten that her grandmother had plans to make her a quilt using her favorite color and designs.Before her death in 1978, the grandmother made the quilt squares, but did not complete the quilting.Robinette,s mother later asked a quilter to finish the project.Robinette loved her grandmother,s quilting and kept a Dutch Girl quilt on her bed when she was younger.She had no idea that one of her gifts that Christmas would include the completed quilt started by her grandmother years ago.The quilt, designed with kittens in a basket and offset by purple squares, hangs in a bedroom belonging to Clara who was named for her grandmother.To this day, Robinette can identify several of the outfits she wore as a child that later became quilt scraps for her grandmother,s creation.Robinette is the pastor of Emory United Methodist and Smyth Chapel United Methodist Churches, both in Emory, and assistant Chaplain of Emory & Henry College.
Pastors Beverly Robinette of Emory UMC, Katye Foxe of Meadowview UMC, Larry Lusk of Washington Springs UMC and Todd Adams of Byars-Cobbs UMC led the service, representing every church involved with the cooperative.Robinette gave the message for the evening, which reflected on the recent burning of the Yellow Springs United Methodist Church.Robinette told worshippers, ,the beauty of ashes is that from them comes new life., Robinette used this idea to relate to the season of Lent, that it is a time when Christians can be renewed in their walk with God.Worshippers were given purple hearts before the service, which represented areas of their lives they felt were ,in ashes., Robinette encouraged the congregation to think of ways they could prepare for