Eugene Peterson has written his “memoir”, a wonderful book called The Pastor. I want to begin with a single sentence from that book.
My understanding of church as I grew up was of a badly constructed house that had been lived in by renters who didn’t keep up with repairs, were sloppy housekeepers, and let crabgrass take over the lawn.
As we approach Pentecost Sunday (June 8 this year), I am aware that 20 years ago on Pentecost Sunday this church broke ground for our new building. By January 1995, we had moved in. We keep referring to “the new church building”, but after 20 years it may be time to shorten that to just “the church building”. Time takes a toll on any property. It’s a constant battle to keep things up. Sometimes it seems like a losing battle, with few workers and few funds. Eugene Peterson’s description can come uncomfortably close to describing us.
But the truth is, this church takes pride in its property. That became very apparent the last two Wednesday evenings. We had a lot of workers, got a lot of work done, and had a lot of fun in the process. And many of you who couldn’t participate in the work, donated the needed equipment, materials, and money. Most of all, a very positive, hopeful attitude was generated. If we can get this much done in two evenings, what can’t we do? There is a momentum underway that is very exciting as our beautiful “not so new” building and the land on which it sits is well on the way to becoming more beautiful and better cared for.
I want to thank our Building and Grounds team for spearheading this. Patsy Waters is doing a fabulous job as chair. And, most of all, I want to thank one of our newest members, J.P. Willson for getting us organized and motivated and infusing us all with a can-do attitude. As the old adage goes: “I think I can. I think I can’t. Either way, I am right!”