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82-Year-Old Retired Tulsa Principal Dresses Up For 52 Virtual Church Services In a Row

82-Year-Old Retired Tulsa Principal Dresses Up For 52 Virtual Church Services In a Row

A 82-year-old Oklahoma woman has dressed up every Sunday for 52 weeks to attend virtual church service according to The Daily Mail. Dr. Laverne Wimberly a retired teacher, principal and school administrator was an avid churchgoer before the pandemic. Wimberly attends Metropolitan Baptist Church, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, started having virtual services online. Then Wimberly decided she was going to stick to her routine.

“I just decided at that point I’m just going to get dressed as if I was going to church, so I would not get into the habit of just slouching around,” Wimberly said. Since that time she hasn’t missed a service, or an opportunity to dress in her Sunday’s best. Wimberly kept track of her outfits in a journal so she can make sure she doesn’t repeat any of them. Each Sunday Wimberly gets dressed with her hat, accessories, and sometimes a face mask for virtual church service. Wimberly posts pictures of her ensembles to her Facebook page, alongside a word of encouragement.

“I wanted not only to keep myself motivated, but I wanted to help keep others motivated as well, to inspire them, encourage them, and kind of eradicate some types and forms of depression, isolation, fear, and despair,” Wimberly said. Many people have enjoyed her posts including the Minister of Worship at Metropolitan Baptist, Merton Huff.

“I don’t think she has missed a Sunday of just devotionals, encouragement. It’s like she gives you a sermon before service even starts. It gives you something to focus on. And, you know, of course, the dressing up, it made my kids get dressed,” Huff said. Churches across the country are starting to reopen, however, Wimberly says she will give it a while before she returns in person.

“As soon as the health officials and the scientists give us the green light that everything will be safe, I’ll probably be the first one in the door,” Wimberly said.

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