Dear Grace Family,
I have a simple request of you: “Please thank a vestry member”. Don’t get me wrong. Vestry members are not looking for thanks or acknowledgment. On the contrary, they tend to be on the more humble side if you ask me. But after this past Saturday I am reminded of how grateful I am for the work they do and the people they are.
If you remember, this past Saturday was May 30. It was a beautiful warm spring day in New England; a perfect day to be outside doing outside things. It was particularly beautiful considering the cold, harsh winter we endured. Even so, our vestry members arrived for this year’s vestry retreat with cheerfulness and enthusiasm. No grumbling about missing out on the beautiful weather outside. No complaining about sacrificing a well-earned Saturday for others. Not even a furtive look of regret. On its own, their grace-filled attitude of devotion and service merits my gratitude. But that was just the beginning.
Invited to share their hopes and dreams for Grace Church, each vestry member brought their loving heart, as well. In their own unique and personal way, each shared their love and hope for Grace Church, its current members, its future members, our neighbors, our world and more. They shared openly. They listened attentively. They discussed forthrightly. And they departed as they arrived…with cheerfulness and joy!
Yes, this past Saturday was a beautiful spring day in New England. But it wasn’t just the weather that made it so. For me, it was the members of our Grace Church vestry who brought their own warmth and promise to the day. I want to thank each of you for your special contribution to our Grace family and I invite us all to, “Please thank a vestry member”.
Grace and peace,