Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A New Member First

At last night's session meeting we welcomed about 25 new members to the congregation at the beginning of the meeting. As always, the moderator told them they were welcome to stay to observe the rest of the meeting if they wished, while commenting that he had yet to see any new member take him up on the invitation.

SURPRISE! This time a young couple actually stayed for the entire meeting. And asked a question about the financial report, too. They looked to me to be twenty-somethings. I learned afterwards that they are engaged and the young man is in the armed services (not sure which one) expecting to be deployed to a combat zone in a few weeks.

After the meeting as I was leaving I overheard his conversation with one of the associate pastors. He was asking how he could contribute his time to some mission project of the church between now and his deployment.

WOW!

3 comments:

Presbyterian Gal said...

Hopeful signs! That's terrific.

It's rather like the flower shoot forcing it's way through the crack in the street toward the sun, yes?

Quotidian Grace said...

Perfect analogy, PG! I'll hve to pass that on.

Reformed Catholic said...

Typical member of today's military:

honor, duty, country ... what can I do to help !!

God Bless Them !!