You are an amazing faith community. No matter what is asked of you, you respond in faith. Because of my surgery and low energy level, I could not participate in Sunday’s worship service. Yet several of you stepped forward to fill the breach. Many thanks to Judi, Jack and all who made the worship service such a special experience.
When I heard last week during my hospital stay, that Lee Waugh was in the hospital, I called on the elders to see if someone could visit the family since I was incapacitated. Jeff Sykuta went immediately to the hospital and finally found Lee and the family. I say finally because the hospital had no Lee Waugh listed as a patient. I had forgotten Lee’s first name is John and that is how he was listed in the hospital records. Thanks Jeff, for hanging in there until you found him.
I have talked to Jo several times since then and, when I called yesterday to check on Lee’s progress, Lee surprised me by answering the phone! There is a good chance that by the time you read this he will be home!
The story continues. This week we had a member step forward and offer their gift of ministry to the work of the community. Indeed, the spirit is at work in this place.
If you were reading the emails I see, you would be surprised at all that is going on or will be happening here at CCAH. For example, the Children’s Choir will be singing soon, our Pastor’s Class is underway, and plans are already forming for Vacation Bible School here at CCAH in June. We will soon see the classroom drapes replaced with brand new material and, as you will see elsewhere in this edition of the Visitor, we are about to see the creation of a couple of new task forces. One will be asked to lead the search and call of a new shepherd and, the other, will receive training to learn how we all can become transformational leaders.
And yet, with all this going on, you haven’t forgotten the daily needs of the flock. Your prayers, cards and calls during my hospital stay and recovery have been of great help in the healing process. Now I know how others have felt when they realized that their journey was a procession of many friends helping them along the way.
Living, as Patty and I do, in an over-fifty-five community, there is realization of the need for building a sense of community. One of the newest efforts to build this sense is the creation of a Caring and Concern Committee. We all need to feel we belong and that people care about us. Hopefully, this committee will help strengthen our sense of being family.
Here at CCAH, we are blessed with just such a community. And, most importantly, it is a community not just of members, but those we cannot even name such as God’s children who receive the meals provided by the Night Ministry Team, or those who receive the food from the several food banks we support.
You are a special people and your ministry touches the lives of many. Bless you for your work and your faithfulness to the call of Christ to follow him