Monte Recieves the Association of Pastors Retired In Love Award

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I am so proud of Monte. The Association of Pastors Retired In Love* chose him as their first Pastor of the Year. I hope you all will congratulate him in the comment box at the end of this post.

Free hugs in downtown Portsmouth, NH

Free hugs in downtown Portsmouth, NH

We will travel to Harrisburg today, where Monte will meet Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, and then he will open the House meeting with a prayer. Monte will then visit with the Pennsylvania State Pastor’s group, which will present him with his award.

Besides the usual plaque, Monte will receive the Association Prize Reserved In Love Award Fist, which he can raise at the Western Pennsylvania United Methodist Church Annual Conference. This award is a blinking light. When he disagrees with Conference decisions it will light up red. When he agrees it will light up green. When he thinks it’s ridiculous it will light up chartreuse, and when he thinks they should be cautious it will light up orange.

Upon receiving his award he will present a sermon titled The fool’s pride will cause his fall. He will write the talk while driving to Harrisburg, so I have to drive. 45 GO 2697-HEI must go now. I had to pack quickly so we could be on the road by 5:00 a. m. in order to arrive in Harrisburg on time.

Before we leave Harrisburg Monte and I will do some research for my novel at the historical society.


On the way home we will stop at a ski resort where Monte and I will celebrate by snow tubing.

almost down...

almost down…

Have a nice April Fool’s Day.



Association of Pastors Retired In Love: APRIL

Association Prize Reserved In Love Award Fist: APRILAFOOL

Standing before God on judgment day, you may learn, the joke’s on you!

NOTE: The WordPress prompt for April 1, 2015, is Fool Me Once—It’s April 1st! Pull a fast one—publish a post that gently pranks your readers.

About carolyncholland

In several if my nine lives I have been a medical lab technician and a human service worker specializing in child day care, adoptions and family abuse. Currently I am a photo/journalist/writer working on a novel and a short story. My general writings can be viewed at My novel site is
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17 Responses to Monte Recieves the Association of Pastors Retired In Love Award

  1. Fran says:

    Many congrats to Monte. A well deserved award!


  2. Congratulation Monte for your award.


  3. Tom Beck says:

    Monte should receive the Pastor in Love Award. After all, he has enjoyed your company for so many years.


  4. Ellen Villalobos says:

    Congratulation to Monte. Many Blessings.


  5. Nell says:

    Congratulations, Monte! You obviously have been blessed with a loving wife who has been great support for you through the years. Maybe she should get an award, too. Her reward could be having a loving servant of the Lord for a husband!


  6. Michael says:

    Congratulations Monte. I was also once a fool for the day.


  7. Shawn Hayden says:

    Congratulations! I am a regular Upper Room reader.


  8. From my friends Rhonda and Tom via email:
    Carolyn: We think its great Monte has received an award……he is deserving……..good April Fools joke! Tom told me to tell you that we are expecting, yes I said expecting………….expecting the weather to warm up, the sun to shine, etc.,………Happy April Fools Day to YOU!


  9. Debra says:

    Congratulations Monte ( fellow UR friend), on your high achievement.


  10. Debbi says:

    You are too naughty!!!! Had I played better scrabble I might have caught this he looks great on sled!!!


  11. Ron Shafer says:

    Way to go, Monte. Congratulations on the award.


  12. Mary Frances says:

    Ok, I confess, I’m confused… Did Monte win an award or is this an April Fools joke as I believe it is… Regardless, I enjoy reading his posts and looking a your (Carolyn’s) Lenten pictures and I think you both deserve an award… And that’s no April Fools…. Blessing in this most blessed season! 😌

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  13. From David via email:
    Is this for real, or an April fool. If real, congrats to Monte. If April Fool, congrats to you. Hahahahaha


  14. merry101 says:

    Carolyn and Monte, congratulations! May you enjoy a blessed day. 🙂


  15. suzypax says:

    Congratulations, Monte! Thank you for sharing your love and caring with so many!


  16. Mike and Lena says:

    Congratulations from all of us here in Florida, wishing both of you love as you always serve everyone in His love.


  17. cassandra says:

    This is awesome!! , I never get to April fools anyone but this was so sneaky that i have to do it just one … Thank you for the laughs .. this was the best hands down …


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