There were so many great moments during yesterdays worship service topped off by Jennifer Bodin’s baptism! So much eloquence, grace, faithfulness, love, passion, and goosebumps in one morning of worship!

I was moved by the words of Kay Martin, Jolly Rohrs, Roxie Duncan, Tammie Krause, and Sherry Smith. Their words made me think of Teddy Roosevelt. More on that later.

Meanwhile, here are a few thoughts from each speaker that stuck in my mind.

Roxie Duncan, Board Member, My Refuge

Roxie’s story about her son and his reluctance to share just one M&M from a bag of plenty that he had been given, resonated with me. There are too many children in our community stuffing bananas in their pockets on Friday to get them through the weekend. Roxie, thanks for loving these children. Great job!

Tammie Krause, Principal, Wilson Elementary

Tammie has an immense heart for children and it is obvious how much she cares about providing a safe and healthy and dynamic learning environment for children. Memorable quote… “75% of Wilson students are free and reduced. Jane Phillips, 98%.” Hopefully, I remembered that correctly. Wow, that amazed me! Tammie spoke about character and that Wilson Elementary teaches children that character is what you do when nobody is watching. Thanks for taking chances, speaking the name of Jesus, sometimes with the simple dignity of giving a kid a luxury that we think of as birthright, a hot shower with soap!  

Kay Martin and Jolly Rohrs, Concern

A few weeks back on a Sunday evening, many from Adams Boulevard Church of Christ showed up at Concern and we prayed and sang together before diving into painting, stacking, bagging, organizing, raking, hauling, and generally just sprucing up. Kay spoke appreciatively about our worship and four-part harmony and prayer over their work. Concern feeds the hungry, helps those in need, and teaches children while offering them a safe and healthy place to learn and thrive. Jolly spoke of a 4-year old making a tower of corn. I wonder who that could be!

Sherry Smith, Executive Director, Agape

Agape provides over 2,000 nutritious meals a month for people in need. The mission also gives over 1,400 sacks a month of nutritious snack items to local school children who are at risk of going hungry over the weekends while attending school. Food 4 Kids Program was started during the 2005-2006 school year and now reaches twelve schools in Washington county.

Hungry child

When Jesus shouted to the throngs of pilgrims in Jerusalem for the Feast of Tents, He was loudly proclaiming what Roxie, Tammie, Kay, Jolly, and Sherry proclaimed today.

“Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”

Our prayer today is that living water will continue to flow from within these organizations and from within each lover of Jesus Christ at Adams Boulevard Church of Christ.

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“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.” Theodore Roosevelt