Dear friends in Christ,
I hope you’re all doing well and hopefully getting a chance to enjoy some sunshine today after so many gray days. I have a few updates to share for this week:
Worship This Sunday
This Sunday there is a baptism, and we’re going to have a guest preacher, Robbie Laughton. Robbie is one of my best friends from seminary. He has some time off between finishing up as the Associate for Youth and Families at Trinity Episcopal Church in Southport and starting a new call at a church in Virginia, so I asked him to preach for us this Sunday. He read the Old Testament lesson at my ordination, so some of you might have met him then. I’ve attached a picture of us from my ordination.
I’ll still be in worship on Sunday, but Robbie preaching is enabling me to go on retreat this Friday and Saturday with some other young adults from the Southern New England Conference.
Bob and Bill continue work on the parsonage garage, and once that’s finished, they will shift to repainting the front of the meetinghouse. Additionally, the tile is starting to go up in the kitchen! I’ve attached some pictures of the work in progress.
One of the values we talk about in church is the concept of stewardship, faithfully caring for the gifts and resources God has entrusted us with. Often we talk about stewardship in terms of faithfully administering our financial resources, but one of the other ways we’re stewards here at MCC is through the care and investment we’ve put into and continue to put into our physical infrastructure. When I interviewed with the search committee here, one of the very first things I noticed was how much care had been put into maintaining and upgrading important aspects of the church building and the parsonage. The other feature of good stewardship of our physical infrastructure is sharing it with our community, and with conditions improving with the pandemic, AA, Scouts, etc. are able to use our building again (and have been for months now.)
Throughout the pandemic, we’ve had the opportunity to catch up on fixing, repainting, and restoring things that would have taken us years to do in more normal times. Thanks to Bob and Bill and also everyone contributing to the church, we’ve taken care of or will take care of all the major aspects of the building in need of repair, which sets us up well for the future. It also enables us to continue to serve our community.
I hope you all have a good week!