Things seem to have calmed down at the Little household now at 8:00pm Sunday March 9th. I was not feeling very well when I went to bed last night and was up for several hours in the night. TruDee got sick too. I decided to go into the church at my normal time. 4:45am, in hopes that things would get better. By 6:00am it was quite obvious things were getting worse than better so I began scrambling for a Plan B.

It is one of the preacher’s worst nightmares waking up sick on a Sunday morning, well that and the recurrent dream of getting to sermon time at church and not being able to find your notes or forgetting a funeral. I have been fortunate that this last Sunday was only the second time in twenty years I have had to deal with that preacher’s crisis. I am grateful for that.

All of this leads up to the real reason for this pondering in the newsletter this week. I am grateful to be able to serve in a church that is so full of grace and understanding. The numerous prayers, thoughts, and comments expressed to me and TruDee via Facebook and email surely played a part in our wellness by raising our spirits.

I am grateful for an awesome staff that takes things like this in stride and makes sure things happen as they should. They do so much behind the scenes that no one knows and our church is so fortunate to have such creative and dedicated persons running the programs and operations of our community of faith.

I am grateful for our volunteers and second to none as well and help our staff do what needs to be done to make our community more efficient and vital. They make it possible to do the incredible outreach we do here at CHUM; from our food pantry and free breakfast, to our recycling, PFLAG, overflow shelter meals, mission trips, and our community block party just to name a very few.

This morning I was particularly grateful for Chuck Chipman, Keith Williamson, Lee and Mary Elise Early, Jim Grave for stepping in at the last minute and leading worship this morning, as well as the other ten retired clergy, if I counted right, who relate to our church. I have experienced their grace and support often over the last four years and stepping up and covering at a moment’s notice is an invaluable gift.

All of this to say we are doing better, hopefully have run their course, and Thank You! All of you here at CHUM we are indeed not your ordinary church and I am grateful for each and every one you. Thank You!

It is one of the many ways we seek to be mindful of the Spirit and one another here at the Hill, where you are one of the community.  Here where there is always an open door, a safe space, a warm welcome, and a place at the table. Not Your Ordinary Church. Until next week, God bless, and know you are never alone.


Peace and Light on Your Journey,

Pastor Kent



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