The Rev. Sam Huffstutler will be behind the pulpit for the final time Sunday at Chapel in the Pines.
It is also his last time behind the pulpit at First United Methodist Church in Pell City before he officially retires June 9.
“John Wesley wrote to one of his clergy who was coming to the end of his ministry … ‘Be of good cheer! The God who took care of the sheep before you were born will not forget them when you are gone,’” Huffstutler said. “It has been our high privilege to live and grow our faith in Jesus Christ in one of the most beautiful places with some of the most wonderful people on earth. I thank God in all my remembrance of you, for which I am grateful.”
Huffstutler was senior pastor at First United Methodist
Rick White, who serves on the Board of Directors for Chapel in the Pines, said he expects a large crowd for Sunday’s service, if the weather cooperates, especially since it is Huffstutler’s last sermon at the Chapel in the Pines.
“I expect a good turnout,” he said.
White said many people will want to attend this Sunday service because it is Huffstutler’s last sermon at the Chapel in the Pines.
Huffstutler has served the role as a lead pastor for more than 40 years. He came to First United Methodist Church in Pell City in 2009.
When he completes his service at the church, he and his wife, Ginger, will move back to Trussville.
The couple have two married daughters, Jennifer and Angela, and five grandsons.
Chapel in the Pines recently moved locations from the Pine Harbor community to Pell City Lakeside Park. Services are every Sunday from 8:30-9 a.m. at the Pell City Kiwanis Amphitheater at Lakeside Park.
White said organizers for the annual LakeFest and Boat Show are allowing the group to have a free booth at the weekend event, which will help organizers promote Chapel in the Pines, and make people aware of their recent move to Lakeside Park.
The Kiwanis Amphitheater is a short distance from where LakeFest festivities are being held.
White said they hope to have a permanent outdoor chapel constructed inside Lakeside Park before the end of summer.
Chapel in the Pines provides a 30-minute service, starting the first Sunday in May. Services continue throughout the summer, until the end of September.
People can come to the Sunday service either by boat or by car.
Officials said Lakeside Park provides better access, a large parking area and restrooms for those who attend Chapel in the Pines services during the summer months.
Chapel in the Pines has held services for almost 50 years.
A tentative list of speakers for Chapel in the Pines services through mid-July include Branson Isley, Ken Casey, Bobby Green, Byron Vance, Paul Brasher, Tom Bell and Daniel Leavengood.