The Church Council, at their May 2018 meeting, it was proposed that the Church give $5,000.00 as seed money for a Community Picnic that would be a fundraiser for SALS Recovery. There was some honest discussion about the amount and expected outcomes. There was some real fear that we might spend the money and not have anything left to give to SALS.
Their conversation reminded me of a story, shared by the Rev. Traci Blackmon, Executive for Justice and Local Church Ministries for the United Church of Christ. Rev. Blackmon told about a tradition in her congregation where children get up on Easter to tell what the resurrection means to them. She had encouraged a five-year-old to speak and he said he was too afraid. To her surprise, he got up and spoke on Easter morning. When she asked how he got over his fear, he replied, “I didn’t. I did it afraid.”
It was no different with the Council. They voted to take a leap of faith, to “do it afraid” and approved the expense.
The picnic was this past Saturday. To say it was a “success” would be an understatement. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. As for that leap of faith, we served 350 lunches and raised more than $10,000.00!!!
Because of the Council’s faithful, visionary action, and the work of an entire village of people, our initial investment doubled. This means that Recovery Counselors will be able to go into the ER at Waukesha Memorial Hospital and offer hope for recovery to those suffering from opioid addiction. This is God’s work. This is the church in mission!
Friends, I cannot express enough thanks to everyone who contributed to this effort.
I recognize this is not an isolated event. Within a week of this event, teachers were trained for the new Sunday school year, we provided hospitality at Delefield Presbyterian for Family Promise, served meals at the Hope Center, and tied quilts to be donated.
I offer thanks my prayers for each of you.
September 1 marks the beginning of my fourth year as your Pastor. The following words are as true today as they ever have been:
Evangelical and Reformed UCC is a vibrant and growing congregation and I am so blessed to be a part of this congregation as together we move into God’s preferred future.