by Rev. Kathy Bouchard
Last week I had the opportunity to visit my long-time friend, Rev. Michelle Tatlock, in Albuquerque. It was a short visit, only a couple of hours, but we covered a lot of topics as we caught up on one another’s lives. Michelle and her husband Charlie are former members of this congregation. In fact, they are the ones who invited me to visit on Friendship Sunday at Midway Hills many years ago. So, it was no surprise when our conversation turned to what’s happening at MHCC, particularly Children’s Ministry. As we reminisced about the Worship and Wonder model that we used in Children’s Worship back when Michelle’s children were very young, she pulled out a binder that was put together for each of the volunteers who helped lead Children’s Worship twenty-five or so years ago. Along with the stories compiled by Jerome Berryman, was a list of MHCC adults who took turns helping out. The long list of adults who took turns presenting Bible stories in child-friendly ways brought a smile to my face. Many of those volunteers have moved on to other congregations in other cities, but some are still among us. Those were good days at Midway Hills! We had faithful servants then, and we have faithful servants now. These are good days at Midway Hills!
All of this is to say, that this week I am especially thankful for everyone who makes ministry happen at Midway Hills Christian Church, not just Children’s Ministry, but all of the ministries that we have in place. Today, I am imagining someone pulling out a list of MHCC ministry team members from 2018 and smiling at the long list of faithful servants. The nominating committee has been working diligently to put together a strong and faithful leadership team for 2018. There will be plenty of opportunities for everyone to plug-in to the ministry teams that interest them most. I expect that 2018 will be a very good year. If you’ve been asked to serve, I hope you’ve given the request your prayerful consideration. If you’re looking to serve, let us know. There’s something for everyone!
So, for all who have made and are making ministry happen at Midway Hills, I give thanks! For all who have said “yes” or will say “yes,” I am grateful for their commitment to working for the Reign of God. Let’s gather together again on Sunday and keep the good work happening!