Spring has arrived!!! I took the cover off of my deck furniture, so it is officially Spring! And with Spring comes new beginnings. Fresh grass showing up, new little flowers popping their heads up, rabbits checking out the new vegetation. Dandelions and weeds too, but that’s ok. That’s part of it. I believe Spring is God’s way of giving us another chance to get it right. So, let’s get at it!!!
In March, we dove right in to the Lenten Season. We ate pancakes and sausage and feasted on King Cake on Shrove Tuesday. Thank you to Mingles and Singles for the great meal. It was great to see that kitchen alive with excitement. In fact, we had more cooks that customers for a while. But that didn’t last long! It was a great evening. The next day, Ash Wednesday, we officially began the season with two services. Pastor Michelle tried a new twist this year with drive up ashes. Next year we will advertise it more so she gets more folks stopping by. Starting the following Wednesday, we began the first of a series of five Wednesday Lenten noon services followed by a light lunch. If you can possibly fit one in to your day, give it a try. It is a wonderful service. We have been experiencing different ways to pray. By speaking, writing and moving. The next two weeks will be two different activities, all involved with ways to pray. It has been a great experience. There is a bit of music and a message. Then lunch. Each week lunch is sponsored by a different group. They have all been good of course – we can cook here at St. Paul!! On March 16th, the Mingles and Singles group celebrated St. Patrick’s Day at the home of Judy Kock. Lots of “green food”. And lots of fun and friendship. The Women’s Guild, Fireside and the Shufflers all got together for their meetings as well and enjoyed their special relationships and plans for projects. The Women’s Guild is preparing for their April Rummage Sale. Those ladies work like a bunch of teenagers!!! And their earnings from the sale go right back to the church. That’s what we do here – work for the good of our Church.
We are very excited to begin a new and important project. Heritage Hall has needed to have its update and renovations completed for a long time. It was a dream of Alice Jerome, our wonderful Archivist; and now Alice is gone. But the plan isn’t and its time to get the plan out, dust it off, look at it to see if it needs updating again or what, and get at it!! Business and Property has offered to oversee the project. There will be a meeting of the stakeholders in such a plan on March 28. Business and Property, Heritage Hall Committee, Archives, and representatives from Fine Arts will meet and discuss the best way to proceed. As time goes on, other groups will need to offer input as well. This is an exciting project!!! Personally, I can’t wait to see what they come up with. We have talent here at St. Paul from many sources to get a lot of the work done in-house. Other things will need to be contracted out. That’s where Business and Property expertise will be invaluable. During the time of renovation, HH will be off limits to all of us. Any and all activities in there will be moved to different locations or put on hold for the time being. That’s always a pain in the tusch, but it’s a necessity to accomplish what needs to be done. I have absolutely no doubt that it will be will worth it.
So, hang on; April will be a busy time! We have a lot of exciting plans for the future and we are chomping at the bit to get going. And the best part of the season, Easter week is approaching. We will celebrate Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, with two services, our annual Bunny Breakfast, and of course, Easter. A new beginning! A new chance to make it better, to get it right! Just like God planned for us.
Mimi Llamas, Church Council President