Our Clean-up Day on Mar 21st was remarkable in that it gave rise to a new concept of volunteerism. That day we were nineteen volunteers, six of whom had joined us from the wider community.
There is a growing sense in our neighborhood of caring for one another and our diverse historic heritage. Increasingly, there is an interest in helping one another in very concrete, hands-on kind of ways. It does not automatically mean that the helping neighbor is searching for a new church home. In fact, the same neighbor may help at another house of worship a few weeks later. It does mean, however, that there is a discernable sense of neighbors caring for the various sub-groups of our neighborhood, a desire to see them survive and even thrive, because they make our neighborhood what it is. We are very grateful for this.
As result, we accomplished an awful lot that Saturday: We continued scraping and priming the sanctuary windows. We filled a hole left by a fallen window sill of the Church House. We cleaned the cemetery of branches, old leaves and debris. We prepared two chancel chairs for further repair. We fixated a computer cable in pastor’s office. And we took measures for a little fence to hide our garbage bins outside the Randolph Room. A great thank you goes out to all our volunteers that day!