Gifts and Breaks

Gifts and Breaks

It’s been over a two weeks since we celebrated Easter and the life at the church is finally getting back to “normal” at least as much as it is possible for the church to be that!  The Christian Women’s Fellowship circles (Sisters, Bonnie & Agape) have met, the children and youth’s Sunday activities have resumed, the April Board meeting happened last night, and the list goes on as we wait for the next celebration before our summer break.  Pentecost, fifty days after Easter, is the day the Holy Spirit comes upon the disciples which is May 15.  That day we will have our “Second Sunday” lunch as well due to Mother’s Day on May 8.  Then, it’s summer break…let’s not get carried away though! The Chancel Choir, Kirkringers, children and youth sponsors will get some much deserved time off before we resume programs in August.  During the down time of summer, I hope everyone has a chance to spend some quality time with family as well as take some time to recreate.  Play is good for the soul!  But, don’t forget that the church is still here and worship is every Sunday in between your summer diversions.

On a different note, as I was straightening up the Thompson Study after the baptisms on Easter and other places around the church, I was reminded of the many gifts we have received over the years from individuals and from other religious institutions.  Some of them have become a part of the fabric of the church and others are reminders that we are not alone in seeking to make the world a better place for people to live.

Some examples:

The gold tone communion plate which we use on Sundays in honor of the members of the

                        now closed Fairview Christian Church who have joined our congregation,

The antique pump organ in the Gathering Area from Alice Severance,

The wood rendering of the Last Supper above the organ from Rebecca Henderson after

                        the 2000 Oberammergau trip,

The hutch against the post in the Gathering Area from Beth Kinney,

The glass rose in the hall case as a sign of peace from the Buddhist Temple in Corydon,

The Last Supper 3-D relief above the case from the Neal family,

The porcelain cross from the Gulf Coast for our first mission trip after Hurricane Katrina,

The paraments in the glass case hand made by Rosie Westerfield, Larry’s mother,

The quilt, Paten and Chalice (used on the communion table the first Sunday of every

                        month) from our sister church in Port Elizabeth, South Africa,

The 175 anniversary cabinet made by Jim Kreko,

And many others that room here prevents me from naming, but which are no less appreciated by us all as well as gifts of music, teaching and leading!  Gifts abound!