Each Tuesday afternoon I write this article after we have been in our weekly church staff meeting. This week's meeting included a chance for us to look back at Easter, beginning with Palm Sunday and to discuss each of the events, all of the Holy week opportunities we have held, concluding with Easter morning worship services. After good discussion, suggestions, evaluation and positive comments had been shared, it was the two simple words stated by our wise Reverend Melburn Sibley that spoke volumes. He said he felt all we did showed that we care. We care.
You cared enough to prepare an early morning devotional, or to make a cross, or to guide groups through the Stations. You cared enough to fill Easter eggs, or to make ice cream, or to share picnics on the lawn. You cared enough to purchase a potted plant to beautify our sanctuaries. You cared enough to get up early for the Sunrise Services. You cared enough to join the combined choir Downtown and sing and sing and sing again! You cared enough to park FAR away and let our guests, visitors, and late arrivals have the closer parking spaces. You cared enough to be a parking lot greeter to help with traffic. You cared enough to say you'd arrive early to greet people and stay late and help tidy up the sanctuary in preparation for the next wave of attendees. You cared enough to move to the middle of the pew, giving up your preferred seat. You cared enough to help put out a hundred additional chairs Downtown, and at Heritage to stand at the overflowing back of the sanctuary. You cared enough to bring your relatives with you from many different states, and you cared enough to hang every door hanger out, inviting many first time visitors to worship with us on Easter.
It really makes a difference when people care. I feel it and it matters to me. If you would like to share additional ways you have seen others care, please email them to me so I can add them to our list of things we are thankful for. And thank you for caring!