With everything going on in our community, I thought it would be good to update everyone on some things happening at or with the church. We have been involved in community events and looking to start interacting outside of Sunday mornings. I will try to catch everybody up, but I may miss a couple of things. Anyway, here we go!...
We are participating in the Milan Area Chamber community project called “The Great Artdoors.” If you
haven’t had an opportunity to check any of the doors out, then get out and look at some of the wonderful art
and ideas that are up and round our lovely town. Marble’s own door, created and painted by Jason & Tammy
Balk, is located in Wilson Park behind the church on the hill. They did a wonderful job and thanks to them for
helping the neighborhood out!
Church in the Park is coming up this Sunday (Aug. 8th) at 10:00am in Wilson Park. This is the first
community service that I have been able to take part in since coming to Milan. What an opportunity to
worship with other churches and our neighbors! We hope everyone will join us and invite everybody they
know to come as well. My prayer is that this becomes an annual event that Milan can look forward to each
I have heard through the grapevine that people are asking about our Traditional service being in-person.
Again, I would be glad to open this up once we have the volunteers to run it properly. When I speak about
volunteers, I’m not talking about for media and sound. Instead, I’m thinking of greeters, ushers, and anything
else that would fall under hospitality. If we are going to invite people into the church, then we have to be
ready for them and not assume that everyone knows what’s going on when they come here. For anyone that is
interested, please contact the office to let us know and we will determine a date to open that service up for
people to attend in-person.
Along with that last item, I want to open up the lounge again or put together something for outside to
offer to those who attend. This is part of those volunteers we are seeking for hospitality. We cannot just sit out coffee and snacks for people and expect them to understand how that all works. Being able to enjoy some time before and/or after service with people again would be nice! As part of what we are looking for, it would be nice if someone would step forward to organize our hospitality volunteers. If that is something you are
interested in and willing to do, then let me know or call the office. Let’s get back to doing more than worship.
Speaking of doing more than worship! I mentioned a couple of Sunday’s ago that I plan to roll out some groups for people to partake in soon. Yes, I want to offer a few small group, Bible studies, and personal interest groups by September with a launch date after Labor Day. If you are interested in leading or co-leading a group, then let me know ASAP, please. We should offer something that everyone can participate in and not feel left out. So, our groups should not only offer variety, but also different days and times for younger or older people to engage with each other. For this fall, I would like to see a women’s group, a men’s group, a Bible study, a book study, and a couple of just-for-fun groups to get together as neighbors.
The last thing I am going to discuss in this piece are the plans to offer a monthly dinner. This type of
program is one that will require volunteers to properly function. The Charters have taken the lead for the two
we have done recently, but we cannot expect them to do it all. We shouldn’t expect those that helped in the
past to just pick up where they left off before the pandemic shut us down. I believe being able to offer a
monthly dinner to our neighborhood and community would be awesome! But as the phrase goes “it takes a
As I wrap us this month’s notes, I will leave everyone with these thoughts:
The possibilities are endless as far as what we can do moving forward. We don’t have to return to what
we did before the pandemic started or do something because that’s we have always done. This is an
opportunity to reinvent ourselves and be something new that all of our neighbors want to be a part of moving
forward. I know there are some that feel they don’t have the energy to do some of these things. My response is,
“Are you inviting others that could help us do those things?” If not, ”why?” Otherwise, I might say, “Do you still
love God? If yes, then don’t you think God will give you the energy to do whatever you want?” God is doing
things for us every day of our lives and we need to do our part in this relationship, too.
Thank you for taking some time to catch up with me this month! Keep your eyes and ears open for anything and everything we might get involved with coming up. We want to continue to love our neighbors and find ways to love on them beyond worship. Enjoy this weather because it’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood!
Peace be with you,