10 Minutes with Gene and Lynn Gant March
By Lee Hinson-Hasty
Lee: You are both retired teaching elders. How long have you been at Highland? What keeps you here?
Gene: Our daughters brought us to Highland in 1984. Solid preaching kept us here. Cynthia is outstanding. I get dried up and she helps fill me back up!
Lynn: Second Presbyterian was my home church. I came with Gene and my daughter (Amy Fitzgerald) and grandchildren are active. In addition to the youth ministry and worship, I stay because of the people. I find … they are genuine, biblically intelligent, theologically curious, and modest.
Gene: I also like the diversity and welcome to all… something I find Highland values. I especially love it when the kids go to the front!
Lee: Our 2015 stewardship theme is inspired by communion: “The Gifts of God for the People of God for the World.” What connections do you see between communion and stewardship?
Gene: During communion I like to see what is given to people materialize in the world. I saw that clearly when celebrating communion in Guatemala!
Lynn: [That’s true when we ask] how are we a gift of God? How should we serve? What can I do?
Gene: [That’s true for] those who have gotten personally involved with welcoming refugees, those who have been readers in elementary school, and others who become the face of God for others.
Lee: In the coming weeks session members and a few others will be hosting neighborhood “Conversations with Cynthia.” What do you think about gatherings like this about the present and future of Highland Pres.?
Lynn: I like that we get to be with other Highland members in smaller groups.
Gene: This is a marvelous idea; one I hope we do every year!
Lee: You give so much of your talent to Highland, and I suspect your treasure too! What motivates you to give?
Gene: I believe in the local church. If ministry is going to happen, it is going to happen there. I have Highland in my long term plans, my will, too.
Lynn: Everything we have… we owe it to God. It is a pay-it-forward kind of thing.
Gene: I began giving when I was in college… a little bit every week even when money was tight. I never went wanting. What I have been called to be is a good steward. I just wish I had even more resources to give!
Lynn: Gene is a cheerful giver, a mindset I would like to have. I am lavish in the giving of my time and skills without charge.
Gene: I carry two stones in my coin purse from times when I renewed my baptism. They help me remember my baptism, (that I am a child and gift of God)… because it is with my money I am most likely to betray my Lord. [Some churches] never ask for money. I don’t agree. I believe Highland needs to be challenged. Together, we have the capacity to give much more.
Lee: Thanks for sharing your time and wisdom. You both are gifts of God for the people of God at HPC and beyond!