The last four days have shown the strength of our church community. After two and a half years as your pastor, I continue to be inspired by you and proud of you.
At Trunk or Treat, so many of you came out to serve our community with a safe and festive place for trick or treaters. We had almost twenty trunks, many showing signs of hours of work to decorate. Those with trunks came with tons of candy, ready to give out generously and with a warm spirit. In the kitchen, the crew had prepped for days prior to provide hot dogs to all who came. We had so many come they had to go purchase and cook more on the fly! Several others supervised the playground, helped with street closures, and aided in the outdoor movie. From youth to young families to the oldest among us, we came out, gave of ourselves, and served our community. Estimates of how many people we saw are tough, but the kitchen went through 450 hot dogs and a few trunks estimated they saw over 300 kids. It’s fair to say we probably saw between 500 and 600 people total, a remarkable increase over last year and a testament to the reputation of our church for this event.
Then, Sunday evening we had twenty-four folks from our church drive to Warner Robins for charge conference. Most of these spent the entire business session working, ensuring that we would be ready when it came time to build the buckets. Then, when as the buckets were being built, everyone from our church found a way to serve, sometimes on the fly, to ensure a successful event. From toddlers to the retired, folks of all ages gave of their time, some even to taking on the additional time of following me to Wesley UMC to carry the buckets, again, into that church where UMCOR will pick them up.
Through both of these events, as well as all those who helped ensure a wonderful and meaningful All Saints Sunday worship, I see the servant-hearted nature of this church on display. Every time we have an event, every time there’s a new idea of a way we can serve our community, the response across all our age demographics is enthusiastic and a readiness to serve. And when the event comes, that’s exactly what we do: serve. We are there early, we work hard, and we leave late. That was true even last night for an event that was not solely ours!
That service ethic is a tremendous asset not only for us but for our community and it’s exactly who Christ calls us to be. I am so proud of us, of the church we are, and so proud to tell others that I am your pastor. It’s a privilege to serve you and I look forward to the many things we will do together in the future.