Dear Church Family,
Rather than dive into some spiritual truth this week, or shed light on an aspect of contemporary culture, I need to acknowledge the work of three people in our congregation.
Thane Van Zomeren, Jason Mullens, and Gary Scott are taking care of the church lawn (the manse lawn is taken care of by my son, Alex). These men stepped up after a budget discussion in the fall and volunteered to take this project on to help the church save money. Prior to this year, lawn maintenance was a $4,000-$5,000 expense annually.
This is no small work, either. One does not realize how large this property is until one begins to take care of it. There is mowable lawn on all four sides of the church. We also own a piece of property on Augustine Avenue, and these men take care of this, as well. In addition, there is a large amount of shrubbery that must be trimmed. Each week (when it doesn’t rain), these men come to the church and give up an evening or part of the weekend to help the church look its best. It is selfless, thankless, hot, hard work. Sometimes, their spouses even pitch in!
I am extremely grateful for their commitment to Christ and to this church. This is a true act of service. I know these men don’t do this for any applause, but please thank them when you get a chance. And if you are so inclined, consider helping them out. Ask them how you might get involved with this work.
Thane, Jason, and Gary – on behalf of the congregation, thank you. You’re doing a great job and we appreciate all your hard work. May God bless each of you and keep you safe.
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. -Philippians 2:3,4