Goodbye, Walker Methodist Church ("5 firefighters hurt; church destroyed," May 28).
For more than 100 years, you served your community and your members well. I was baptized and confirmed at your altar. My sister and I were a part of the junior choir. She and I also attended your Methodist Youth Fellowship on Sunday nights.
My mother and father, sister, grandparents and great aunt and uncle attended your services faithfully. We enjoyed dozens of church dinners and socials in the old basement that also housed our Sunday School program.
So strong were the ties formed within your walls that even as families moved to the suburbs, many stayed in touch. Some formed a group they called the Leftovers in reference to the Couples Club the church once sponsored.
Today most of the Leftovers are gone, but up until just a few years ago that community of former Walker Methodist Church members would still get together for dinner.
In fact, just last week two of the younger Leftovers drove 50 miles to lunch with my parents, who are now living in small-town senior housing.
Goodbye, Walker Methodist Church. Blessed be the ties that bind.
STEVE KETCHAM, EDINA