A Big Day with A Few Bumps
Pentecost Sunday turned out to be a big day with a few bumps, as we resumed our full slate of services for the first time since March 2020. Total attendance for all four services was 172. “Attendance exceeded my expectations,” said Pastor of Worship Don Fitzkee. “It said to me that people are ready to get back to church. It was great to reconnect in person!” Communion was served in all services, with individual pieces of bread and sealed communion cups distributed by deacons as worshipers entered the services.
The Maranatha service was especially well-attended, and a large Maranatha contingent (including several guests) joined in the outdoor fun. About 100 people stuck around for the light lunch and 50 or more joined in croquet, other lawn games, children’s games, and visiting on the church lawn on a warm afternoon. (Getting sprayed by the garden hose by the Property Team chairman was an unplanned highlight for children!) “I was glad,” said Don, “that some people who aren’t ready to attend indoor activities due to health concerns did stop by for the outdoor fellowship.”
During Coffee in the Courtyard we enjoyed donuts and fellowship, and some discovered the courtyard adjacent to the Gathering Place for the first time.
Pastors Don and Misty successfully showed up in the right services at the right times as they implemented a new preaching pattern, where one pastor preaches in all three English services. As for the bumps, next week all doors will be unlocked at the right times and more hymnals will be in the racks.