The GOOD Stuff

A few weeks agCaramels 2 (1).jpgo leadership teams assembled on a stormy Saturday afternoon.  Pastor Elaine had a marvelous exercise to go through – bonding, identifying and defining.  But if you believe, as I do, that an important asset we have when we come together is attitude, there were a few among us who were tired, stressed and as much as we love the church and serving, the message wasn’t making it through our anxiety-ridden bodies.

In walked Laurie Bruckbauer with her famous (not kidding, these are truly famous) homemade caramels.  She makes them with all the good stuff, butter, sugar, and love.  A little unexpected gift brought joy to the lips and hearts of the weary, and the messages were easier to hear.

As advent is upon us and Christmas approaches, I can’t help but wonder what attitude I am bringing into the season.  Jesus was an unexpected gift.  It is through His grace and His love that we open our hearts and our minds to the spirit of the greatest gift.  A sweet little bundle brought into the world with the good stuff, peace and love.  Doesn’t the poverty of our minds beg for a little peace and grace in this season which we often forget the real meaning of?

I am so very grateful for the messages of peace and love shared through the members of Creator Lutheran Church.  And so very appreciative of members who spend a stormy Saturday thinking deeply about the love and joy of Christ and how we can share that joy within our walls and throughout our neighborhoods.  Sharing what you bring to the table is what our family in Christ is all about.  Not one, but all of us make the body of Christ and it’s sweeter because of the good stuff that God has put into making you.  You’re invited to bring your gifts into the bounty of our congregation in any and all of the ways you have been called to steward talent, treasure and time.

By Monica Hurley, Stewardship Committee Chair

Romans 12: 4-6In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.