We almost had a calamity the other day as we prepared to launch our church's Pumpkin Patch. The pumpkins were originally scheduled to arrive on Friday afternoon. This time was scheduled so that our Scouts, youth group members, and school sports participants could be present to help us unload the truck. Each year it is a blessing to have so many young people doing the "heavy lifting" as 900 pumpkins are moved from the back of a truck to the appropriate pallet's in our Pumpkin Patch. But, this year our truck could not make it at the scheduled time. Instead, it arrived on a Tuesday morning at 9:30 (while school is in session). Further, our church was experiencing email difficulties and we had difficulty communicating about the immediate need for workers. For a while I thought there may be only 4 of us who would be working all morning and afternoon trying to get our Patch set up. But then a miracle happened., the Faithful showed up...
Miraculously, through Facebook and telephone chains, people began showing up. Most of the workers who arrived were retired and most were in their 60's (and up). But from this group of "older church members" a wonderful team was formed. Many of these workers are part of other church teams dedicated to a variety of projects: backpack program, rummage sale, trunk or treat, etc. In short, most of the workers who arrived to help with this task are the ones who faithfully serve in almost every church endeavor. They are indeed the Faithful Saints of God.
Now I know that our young people would have been glad to do their part in unloading the pumpkin truck; but the timing just didn't work out. But that being said, anytime that church is "in a pinch" and workers are needed; we are blessed to have a team whose attitude is: whatever needs to be done, we are here to help. How truly blessed we are whenever The Faithful Show Up!
Dr. Allen Schneider is a United Methodist pastor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist presently serving the Sapulpa and greater Tulsa communities.