Pastor Molly’s Thoughts

On a beautiful summer morning

As I worked on my Sunday sermon earlier this week, I couldn’t help but hear the
laughter coming from the conference room next to my office. Although I couldn’t
hear what was being discussed, there was a light jocularity in the conversation.

They were enjoying themselves!

As I passed by on my way to the sanctuary, I noticed who it was having so much
fun. The planners of the Garden Walk were just finishing up. When I remarked
that it sounded like they were having a great time, one of the women said to me:
“This group is the BEST group I’ve ever been part of!”

Wow. I wonder how many other groups in our church feel this way about their
gatherings?

Some questions arise: What is it that we are doing in our “meetings” and why? Is
it just business we want to accomplish, or is there more to it? Are caring relationships
being formed, or do we just want to do the work as soon as possible and
then leave? Does the “mission” of the project or goal give us energy? Life?

Jim LaDoux, our Vibrant Faith Consultant, has talked to us about finding our
“sweet spots” of ministry, so that what we do isn’t a burden, but a joy. Further, it
is important that everything we do be a platform for the nurture of caring relationships.

I invite you to think about what you may (or may not) be doing in your ministry
of life. ..at Vernon or elsewhere. Go deeper in your evaluation – and see if friendships
are being built, and joy is at the center. And I invite you to wonder how you
can make this happen.

And, if you’d like to know a little more about what I’m talking about, ask a member
of our Garden Walk Team.Ladies Meeting

Thanks be to God!
Pastor Molly