|Today’s scripture reading:
Last Sunday after worship I sat downstairs in Fellowship Hall, meeting with the Capital Campaign Executive Committee. From the other side of the room, Pam DeLaittre came over and spoke in my ear. “We have twenty-two beds!” she told me with awe. She was referring to our Lenten fundraiser for the Daylight School in Kenya, where $40 provides one new set of bedding for students at the residential program. But: “Twenty-two??” I asked. “We had only three at the start of worship!” Pam confirmed twenty-two, and my mouth fell open. I started bouncing up and down in my seat at the breathtaking compassion in our church community. This is even more remarkable because it was not one large check (as I assumed), but many faithful and loving gifts to support the students of Daylight. Church, my heart swells with gratitude every time I see your selfless generosity. Sometimes it’s financial, as in your weekly and monthly pledge support or examples of special support for ministries like Daylight. Other times it’s in your time and talents, as when the Green, Williams and Engelke families donated many hours this week to dusting, cleaning and resetting the library and third-floor spaces after construction. At all times, it’s humbling and inspiring to serve in this generous congregation. Sincerely, thank you.