Sometimes, Postcards from the Edge is well-composed and thought-out. Sometimes, it’s a bunch of odds and ends that are all important and not in a cohesive list. This, friends, is a Potpourri Postcards!
– The Board met on Monday night. We have really effective, intentional Board meetings at Midway Hills! Amongst other business, a decision was made to start referring to the Education Building as the Bristol Building. We have an Education Wing – where children, youth and adults meet for classes through the week; it’s that hallway across from Community Hall – and we have an Education Building, which houses the Workers’ Defense Project, the Dallas Co-operative Pre-School, the Linus Project, and just a little bit of the Dallas County Master Gardeners. While all of these great groups do the work of education, for the sake of clarity, let’s start calling where they’re housed the Bristol Building. (Named for our founding pastor, the Rev. Dr. Ray Bristol, and for his amazing and capable wife, Pam.)
– Our sister congregations in Houston, Beaumont, Louisiana and (inevitably) Florida will be going through a long period of rebuilding, resituating and resurrection following hurricane season. It has been suggested that churches outside of the damage zone not only participate in the immediate triage relief efforts, but make a consistent contribution to a (or many) congregation(s) to help bolster them for the long process of rebuilding. Let me put a bug in your ear: I wonder what would happen if we added a congregation (or some congregations) to our line-item budget next year, with a small, continual monthly contribution to help our siblings in Christ in destroyed parts of the country.
– I don’t think I can express clearly enough how amazing it was having the choir back in worship. I am thankful for the leadership of the Rev. John O’Neal, and for the folks who sing every week and make worship go deeper and reach farther. Thank you!
⦁ Something to think about, if you’re a calendar nerd or a church nerd—in 2018, Ash Wednesday is on Valentine’s Day, and Easter is on April 1. As someone who was ordained on April Fool’s Day, I have to say I am very excited about this. There’s a lot of theological implications for both of those dates, right?
Of course, there’s a thousand other things happening, and the Spirit of the Living God keeps calling us to a deeper, wider, fuller Something More in our lives. This week, Kathy will be preaching on a challenging, important text—on taking up crosses and following Jesus. I look forward to hearing her, and to seeing you then.