Reaching Out

Reaching Out

I met this morning (Thursday) with an ecumenical group of clergy. Most places I have served have had some type of ministerial association, which met once a month or so for breakfast or lunch and maybe sponsored a Thanksgiving service, baccalaureate service, or something of the sort. This group is different. This group is passionate about making a difference in Haywood County. This is the group that sparked interest in the Homeless Shelter and the one that initiated the annual school workday and partnerships with schools.

Haywood County is blessed with a wide array of helping agencies for people in need—more so than anywhere I have lived and served. And the county is blessed, I think, with this group of clergy that is so committed to serving and making a difference in the community, working unselfishly to do so. I thought you should know that!

Perhaps you saw the report in the news, but every school in the county was served by a church or churches on the workday on August 6. We had about 40 show up at Central Elementary, our partner school, and in a couple of hours the group completed the work they had for us. Thanks to Ed LaFountaine for being our coordinator, and to all who gave a hand.

On Tuesday of this week the church staff served lunch to the Central teachers and staff on their first day back. We also delivered baskets of supplies, which had been prepared at a recent Terrific Tuesday, to each teacher. They expressed their appreciation, and we thanked them for their commitment and hard work on behalf of our children. I thought you should know that, too!

New principal Wendy Rogers was most gracious and expressed gratitude for our support and involvement. I told her we’ll be back, so look for opportunities to come to serve and support the children, teachers, and staff of Central Elementary. Remember, this school is just 3 blocks from our door, and, by last count, 2/3 of the children are on free and reduced lunches. The need is great. Pray for them as they begin this new school year!

See You Sunday,


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