Tale of a Blessing: 72 Men and 17 Minutes
Central Church has a vibrant spiritual life that includes a robust missional feeding ministry to anyone in our community who comes through our doors. Every Tuesday, we provide a free lunch, and every Friday, we have a free community dinner. Several Saturdays each month also feature a free breakfast.
In addition, Central Church hosts weekly meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous on Friday and Saturday evenings. Add in our Sunday School and Worship offerings on Sunday, and you can see that our routine calendar is very full, even before adding in special events and programming.
The success of our community outreach programming is a blessing to both our volunteers and community participants, but the associated wear and tear and jam-packed calendar creates some stress in other areas, such as routine and periodic maintenance.
In particular, all of the groups using our Fellowship Hall throughout the week make it difficult to fit in our routine maintenance of the floor, and the periodic stripping, resealing, and refinishing of our old floor tiles presents real problems with finding an uninterrupted block of time to tear down and carry out all of the tables and chairs, scrub and strip the floor, reseal, refinish, and cure the new finish, and carry back and arrange all of those tables and chairs. Add in the shortage of youthful backs and getting the job done in the tiny available time blocks is almost impossible.
Central Church’s AA program has blossomed in recent years, from a small group of 20 men to weekly meetings of 80 men and women. Despite their size, this group has managed to retain the warmth and fellowship of a much smaller group, and the folks attending are always willing to lend a hand to a friend in need.
When we made the decision to refinish the Fellowship Hall and hallway floors in this final week before Easter, we mentioned our plans to the group and asked if they would be willing to help by folding up their chairs after their Saturday evening meeting to help us get a jump on getting all of the work done before our community luncheon on Tuesday.
Instead, all 72 men attending on Saturday night meeting stayed after their meeting and completely cleared out the Fellowship Hall and hallway in 17 minutes flat! Even at top speed, our volunteers would have needed hours to achieve a similar feat.
Getting that huge task out of the way enabled our dedicated floor crew to get a big jump on the process of scrubbing and stripping in advance of the refinishing yet to come.
Our thanks go out to our AA friends for all of their help. What a blessing to have such a dedicated group meeting in our Fellowship Hall every week!
Stay tuned for further updates as the work continues!