A Note to Our Volunteers / Erin Bourne

Over the past several weeks, I have started to meet and hear from so many of you, our volunteers. Some of you have volunteered at The Painted Door for many months or years at significant expense. And the fact that not everyone knows who you are testifies to your generosity to all of us. I hope that even if you have felt frustration or weariness at time you may be encouraged by remembering all you contribute to:

·  Many have been able to gather and hear the word read and preached (thank you facilities, sound, liturgy, teachers, and nursery teams!)

·  We are able to come and worship together – singing, praying, giving, and sharing communion (thanks media, audio, music, liturgy, teachers, nursery, communion, offering collection and hospitality volunteers!)

·  Those unable to gather in person are still able to hear our sermons online (media, sound!)

·  Tangible reminders of God’s nourishment and comfort are provided to our family and visitors through coffee, communion, and incarnation class lunches (again, hospitality!)

·  We greet those who join us Sunday mornings – our hands and voices seeking to extend the welcome of Jesus to our visitors (greeting/info table!)

·  We have sought to care for the needs of our church as well as the needs of our neighbors (finance team, benevolence!)

It may seem as though there is little significance in making coffee, formatting slides, or getting small humans to participate in a lesson. Just as doing dishes, folding clothes, or potty-training (the very same) small humans will likely never be a thrilling experience. And yet, God has this habit of ascribing great worth to the things we easily write off. So for all of you who serve at The Painted Door, thank you for jumping into this small, yet beautiful part of God’s story.

If that story resonates with you and if you call The Painted Door home, I hope you’ll indulge me an invitation to serve:

We often try to maximize our joy by making as much time as possible for delicious meals, relaxing with friends, and sleeping in (myself included). But in Jesus, who enjoyed food so thoroughly he was called a glutton, we see someone scrubbing the dirt from his disciples’ feet as they celebrated Passover. It is this eating, drinking, dirt-scrubbing, slide-formatting, kid-wrangling life of Christ that I invite you to join us in!

- Erin Bourne, Volunteer Director