Summer has arrived, if not on the calendar, in reality as school is now out until early August. Our high school graduates are beginning to get ready for college in a couple of months. Our children are a week away from Vacation Bible School, which may be a life-changing week for some.
This is a week of construction in the church kitchen as we make about $20,000 in improvements to get ready for our transition to an all-day Preschool program in August. Some of the improvements include modifications that will improve the kitchen for our all-church experiences as well. Paul Hopkins, chair of our House Committee, is doing an outstanding job caring for our wonderful church campus.
If you missed the Open House at Providence Medical Center last week, you missed a great chance to see the remarkable improvements to that building. I was stunned to hear that we have over 2,700 patient encounters annually. Dr. Marta Wayt and Michelle Campbell and their staff do a remarkable job being the hands and feet of Christ to some of the “least of Jesus’ brothers.”
I appreciate you bearing with me as we visited the Waffle House over these past few weeks. That experience helped me to understand a bit more of what church should be like. To summarize, let’s remember that we should do the following for everyone:
WELCOME – all people should find a welcome here.
ENCOURAGE – all who leave our services should leave encouraged that they are loved by God.
LOVED – everyone who comes here should know the love of God in Christ.
LISTEN – I need to learn to hear the stories of others so I can invest my life in theirs.
Can we put these lessons from the Waffle House to work in our lives? I think we will make a difference if we do. I look forward to seeing you on Sunday as we visit the lowest point on earth – the Dead Sea.