My mother's recent health challenges have had me thinking a lot about priorities and what really matters. Most of us would say that our families are more important than our jobs, though jobs are an important means of supporting our families. Most of us would say that our faith is more important to us than our club memberships, though both serve to bring us joy. People matter more than things, time is more valuable than money, love is so much more worth one's energy than hate.
It sometimes takes a crisis to remind us of what is most important. We spend much of our lives taking care of our daily business that we rarely take time to stop and think of our priorities. I often think of that Children's Message I once saw, where a person tries to put into a jar a bunch of small pebbles that represent our daily worries and concerns—things like when we're going grocery shopping or fixing the car—and the many other thoughts and activities that can fill our days. Once all the small pebbles are in the jar, there is not enough room to accommodate the bigger rocks that represent the important things in our lives.
In the Children's Message, the speaker then took out all the small pebbles and put in the bigger rocks first. The big rocks represented important things like loving your family, praying to God, making the time to tell those you love that you love them. Once all the big things were in place, then the smaller pebbles could fit around the bigger rocks and we find that we have time for everything we want to do, as long as we lead with the important things first.
The important things in life aren't things, but people. It helps to be reminded of that every once in a while. As we've been walking with my mother on this final journey of her life, we've been reminded time and again how important it is to tell those we love that we love them, to take time to go to lunch with that person we've always been meaning to spend time with, to write a letter of appreciation to our parents, kids and friends. People need to know their lives and their love are valued.
Take time to tell someone that you love them.
God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. We love because he first loved us.
1 John 4:16-19
On the journey,
Please Joins Us for our Fall Work Day
The Trustees are hosting a fall workday on Saturday, Oct. 25, and your help is needed. Maintaining a building the age and size of Aldersgate takes constant attention and the members of the Trustees Committee cannot do it alone. Please come and lend a hand with clean-up and maintenance projects. We will begin at 9:00am - with coffee, juice and doughnuts – then we’ll get to work.
4th Fridays at Perpsepctives
Our congregational outreach with Perspectives involves volunteering at Kids’ Café on the 4th Friday of each month. Kids’ Café is an opportunity for homeless/at-risk school-age children to prepare a healthy meal. Volunteers help with food preparation, working one-on-one with a youth, sharing the meal and cleaning up.
Volunteers are needed every 4th Friday. You are welcome and encouraged to help for the entire event. Shorter time slots are available for food preparation (3:30 to 5:30 pm), serving the meal (5:30 to 6:15 pm) and clean-up (6:15 to 7:00 pm). Volunteers must be 16 years or older. Please contact the church office if you would like to volunteer. The next opportunity is Friday, October 24. Perspectives, Inc. and the Kids Cafe are located at 3381 Gorham Avenue in St Louis Park.
Kids Cafe schedule of activities:
• 3:30 - 5:30 pm: Meal preparation with kids and Chef Dan
• 5:30 - 6:15 pm: Plate, serve and sit down to eat with kids
• 6:15 - 7:00 pm: Help with clean-up
Healthy Church Initiative update
We have been getting bids from several contractors as we anticipate opening up our gathering space on the upper level just outside the sanctuary. The hope is to have fellowship, coffee, juice and treats in a newly expanded space outside of the sanctuary doors in the areas that are now the couch area, the quiet activity room for toddlers, the library, and the bell room. Stay tuned as we learn more about costs and plans.