What a great Sunday we had!
Surely, this newsletter is full of thanks and information about the massively huge happenings at Midway Hills, but I have to add my own voice to the chorus of gratitude and awe.
First, I want to thank our worship chair, Angi Brown, for taking the challenge of outdoor worship full on, and prepping the worship team (and a slightly skeptical senior minister) to make it happen. Admittedly, we ended up staying indoors because of the threat of storms, but we were ready! And I think next year, we should have a contingency of a couple Sundays ready to try and make it happen. Thank you to all of you who were flexible, ready and willing to step outside of your comfort zones, even if it did get changed up in the end.
Second, John O’Neal makes my heart so happy because he chose familiar hymns and familiar tunes and then mixed them all up, and then accompanied us on the piano and organ. The man has many, many talents. How great it is that he shares them with us!
Third, I am so glad so many folks took time to participate in the open house in the Education building, to see the spaces of Project Linus, the Workers’ Defense Project, the Dallas Co-operative Preschool and the Master Gardeners. Isn’t it amazing how much that space has been transformed into a place of vitality and mission? I am also thankful for the leaders and participants from those groups who came up on a Sunday to show off the great work they’re doing.
Fourth, thank you to all of our chili cookers, our trivia nerds, and our generous givers for the first (of many?) Chili Cook-offs and Trivia Bowls. I want to congratulate Carol Hargis for winning the golden spoon, Gary Springer for nabbing People’s Choice, and the trivia team Dr. B and the Boys for signing the inaugural trophy-bowls as victors on the evening. We’re already talking about resurrecting the Meatloaf Bake-Off in the fall, and expanding the categories of trivia to be more… catholic in their scope. I also want to compliment my co-conspirator Amanda Florsheim, without whom the evening would not have been as stellar, irreverent and fantastic.
Fifth, I have not been as tired after a solid day at Midway Hills as I was Sunday for a long time. We are doing good work for the Reign of God together as a diverse and inclusive community of faith that understands justice as an expression of the love of God. I am blessed and honored to serve with you. This Sunday, we’ll be looking at leadership as a spiritual gift. It might be more like leading a dance than you know. (I make no promises that there won’t be dancing in the sermon. Nor that it will be limited to me.) I look forward to seeing you then.