Dear Church,

Yesterday, I was privileged to represent our church over at the Fairdale Pic-Pac.

A few weeks earlier I was contacted about a time when our Louisville Metro Councilwoman, Vicki Welch, would honor Mr. Bill Nichols, the owner of Pic-Pac.

It was a short and sweet surprise there at Pic-Pac. Mr. Nichols was not aware that we were coming. And while it was kept a secret, there was still a nice-sized group that went to celebrate and thank him.

There were about 40 of us , a mixed group of community citizens, leaders and workers, who went inside Pic-Pac and found Mr. Nichols working as usual in the produce area. We surprised him by singing “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow” followed by a heartfelt round of applause. That was followed up by Vicki Welch thanking him and presenting him a plaque that recognizes him as an outstanding community supporter in Fairdale. It was a special moment, and I was very humbled and pleased to have been a part of it.

Now, I want to take a moment to explain why he was recognized and celebrated. Do you know Mr. Nichols? Have you ever heard of him? Have you ever been to Pic-Pac, the local grocery store here in Fairdale?

Mr. Bill Nichols started and opened up Fairdale Pic-Pac in 1978-1979. For the last 36 years, he has been faithfully working and serving in this community. The Fairdale Fair, Fairdale High School and all the other community businesses and organizations have been helped and supported by Mr. Nichols over the years. Over the last 36 years, there has been a lot to come and go in Fairdale. A lot has changed in Fairdale since 1979. But one thing stayed steady and constant – Pic Pac and Mr. Nichols.

Faithfulness in any area of life is an admirable thing. It takes a lot of commitment and toughness to stay consistent with one thing for such a long time. I am learning a lot from Mr. Nichols. He worked longer at Pic-Pac then I have been alive. That is impressive!

I pray that you and I learn 2 things from this memorable occasion: 1) That we know how to appreciate people. Mr. Nichols didn’t necessarily change the world. You may not even know him. But he has contributed. And contributed in a remarkable way – 36 years! May we honor people when we can! And 2) That we would learn to be faithful and dependable. I hope and pray that many people are learning to count on us. Jesus is the ultimate example of Faithfulness, and we want to be like him. I long for the day when this community recognizes you and me for our long time commitment to helping this community!

I thank God for Mr. Nichols!

With all Sincerity,

Your Pastor, Josh