You may have noticed a “new” face in the hallway on the way in to the sanctuary. A portrait of Isabel Coleman now hangs on the wall with former Grace music directors and sextons. Our Memorial Garden is named for her, but enough time has passed that many of us at Grace never knew her or have even seen her photograph. Isabel Coleman had a forty-year ministry of welcoming children and their parents to Grace, directing the Church School, and also of caring for and giving friendship to the elderly of the parish. She was a wonderful force of welcoming and caring for many decades! Her daughter Jane Williams framed the lovely photo, and Don Kennedy had the plaque added—thanks to both for their help in recognizing this saint of Grace.
I think Isabel Coleman would be very pleased this week to see how Grace folks continue to care for each other. I am in a privileged position to witness the great and small acts of love and service shared among our parish of late: the visits made, errands run, rides given, meals delivered, phone calls and notes dispatched, altar flowers sent home. You know who you are, and God bless you. You are Christ’s hands and feet in the world. My heart is full this week, with so many examples of kindness and caring. Thank you.