PRINCETON — It isn’t every day that the oldest member of the United Pentecostal Church’s congregation, Agnes Bird, celebrates a birthday.
And it isn’t every day that such a happy occasion occurs during a pandemic.
So Pastor Ron Townsley, with the help of Paulette Bird and others, organized a surprise balloon launch.
“We wanted to celebrated Aggie Bird’s 93rd birthday. She’s our oldest saint in the church, and what a jewel she is. Great, great inspiration to all of us,” Townsley said.
At the appointed hour, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, church members, with their vehicles stuffed with helium-filled balloons, approached Agnes Bird’s Princeton home, parked in the cul-de-sac in front of it, got out, serenaded her, and released the balloons.
There were 93 balloons, “plus some to grow on,” Townsley said.
“We wanted to do this just to let her know that she’s a special lady to all of us,” he said.
What was Bird’s reaction?
“Well, I’m so surprised. I feel like I’m the president’s wife,” she said.
When she saw the crowd in front of her house, and the balloons soaring into the blue sky above, “Well, I just had to almost cry,” Bird said.
“I didn’t know I was loved so much.”