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    From the Pastor

    Rev. Scott Crane

    Appreciating community

    Many know that I have an ongoing interest in how individuals come alongside one another to build community. Perhaps, it comes from my childhood desire of wanting to belong. Perhaps, it comes from my enjoyment of people. It may come from my concern that we have so focused on extreme individualism in our country to the detriment of the larger community.

    Theologically, human beings want to know and be known. We are all wired for relationship. Whatever our personality or traits, each one of us desires connection at various levels. From family, to friends, to church, to neighbors and beyond, we find ways to communicate and relate to others.

    Each interaction with another can benefit, not only individuals but, the larger community as well. When spending time with others, whether at work or play, we begin to build social and emotional trust. And when this trust builds, it creates an environment for new opportunities and possibilities.

    ***INTERRUPTION OF PHONE RINGING- Just now, in the writing of this article, the office phone rings and a person makes an inquiry about the church Great Room. A family member has passed away and they want a space for the family to gather after the time at the graveside. We talk about the space we have to offer them but also the possibility of providing a meal for them. The caller shared her appreciation that I would take the time and listen to the need that her family has and to work with them to provide a welcome space. ***

    The church’s mission statement is “Growing in Faith, Living in Love and Serving All.” What message would I have sent out, if I focused on my busy-ness and said “No.” While I have my own agenda to get this article finished up for the newsletter deadline today (among many other plans), I sensed the importance of this family’s need. Some had shown me hospitality in the loss of a loved one and I strive to do the same for others when the occasion arises. And, of course, it helps me, as a primary contact of the church, to share the values of living in love and serving all. Perhaps, in addition, it may help me grow in faith.

    I am aware, as I reflect on this conversation, in the aftermath of a wonderful Memorial Day parade, service and Barbeque Dinner, that community can happen at many levels. It can happen when we connect with other individuals or families as neighbors. It can happen when a group of people are willing to serve on a committee to put together a Memorial Day observance or other function that benefits many. It can happen when we connect with other individuals or families as neighbors. It can happen when a group of people are willing to serve on a committee to put together a Memorial Day observance or other function that benefits many. It can happen when people join a church, an organization or serve as an elected official on the many government boards.

    But, in the end, community happens when individuals volunteer their time and effort, to work with others for a common good. The more people that are willing to hear the call to serve at the community level, the more we continue the legacy of those who came before us…to live in a place where we work and play alongside our neighbors in a caring place…where we can know and be known.

    I appreciate our village community. And I appreciate those who are open to interruptions in their lives and make the time to share a little love and serve others. Indeed, doing so is a step of faith…such acts may or may not be accepted. But, as the saying goes “nothing ventured, nothing gained”. Amidst our ever-changing world, may we continue to venture to grow our community into the future in healthy and positive ways. This summer, let us find new ways to appreciate the wonder of community!

    Grace & Peace,
    Pastor Scott