Hello POP friends,
During the annual meeting on Sunday, I was especially aware that some folks put a remarkable amount of time, energy and care into moving our church community and goals forward. Thank you for doing more than your “fair share.” As a single mom of two, I don’t have much in the way of extra time or mental space. It’s not that I don’t care about POP, it’s that I’m limited in this season of life.
I watched during the carefully orchestrated annual meeting so many people working together to make it happen: the tech support line, the vote counters, the raised hand watchers, and Christine’s sports like announcing and color commentary on the meeting. So many more had worked behind the scenes to prepare beforehand: the staff, Council, various committees, the Zoom outreach team who worked to make sure everyone who wanted to could be connected, the communication leading up to the meeting, prepared reports, and the Google drive of documents that I could read at my convenience ahead of time. These are only the things that I’m aware of.
This was a massive effort by so many of you. I don’t think you realize what a gift this is for people like me. It allowed me the opportunity to drop in and participate in a way that I could manage. You may not realize it, but I see this as an exercise in inclusivity.
And while I’m on the subject, I’d like to thank Jim W. and the meal ministry folks who provide a similar gift to my family to be able to participate in POP’s work. They have created an infrastructure that allows me to easily slide in with my kids. Planning for and making these lunches together give me an opportunity to talk with my kids about folks in need. The kids get to decide on lunch items which helps make a connection for them that the people in Family Supportive Housing are just like us. We are lucky to have more than we need, so we can share. You are helping me grow my kids’ hearts in compassion and generosity. So, again, I offer my heart-felt appreciation to the wonderful humans in this community who are doing the heavy lifting. Each of you doing your part, created the opportunity for me to do mine.