■ On Monday, Lynn Aspray came to the office to pay bills and make the deposit. I received a phone call from a woman named Misty. She called around church to church, organization to organization, looking for help. Her husband was in South Baldwin Regional Medical Center. She was in northern Alabama and was coming by bus to see him. She needed a ride from Mobile to Foley. I felt assured that the body of Christ contained someone with the gift of time and transportation to pick her up. Eliza from Baldwin County Food for Thought stepped up. I went to the hospital to meet her husband, Donny, and to pray with him.
■ Monday night, the body of Christ known as Swift Church elders met fulfilling their vows of serving Christ through their ordained office. Using energy, intelligence, imagination and love in reviewing last year and planning for God’s future for us.
■ Eight or nine Swift folks attended a small-church forum in Mobile on Tuesday. We learned how to increase financial support for the church. We’ll review that information. That same day we provided support to pay a utility bill with money that you gave to our pastor’s discretionary fund.
■ Gifted people surrounded the Akins family with prayer as they grieved the death and burial of Tim’s mother. Tuesday night, as I was in Spanish Fort meeting with members of Christ’s body using their gifts to bolster UKirk campus ministry at USA, other parts of Christ’s body gathered at Mike and Lynn Barnwell’s, having just heard that Mike’s dad, Sam, had died. The choir was at church, rehearsing and also praying.
■ Wednesday morning, Susie and Bob Alexander bagged food and lovingly passed out nearly 30 bags of groceries that you provided or that Tresa Melton purchased at the grocery on your behalf. Included in that were donated Michigan apples delivered to the church by Daryl and Susan Pichoff.
■ I went to visit with Mike and Lynn that afternoon. June and Robbie James were there offering help with Sam’s belongings.
■ Karl and Brenda and Jody Beth were at the cardiologist’s office at the same time I was in the late afternoon. The body of Christ concerned for my health even as they were there concerned about Brenda’s. While I was getting checked on at the doctor, Joe Walden offered to help Misty and Donny (just released from the hospital) get to a shelter in Pensacola. Unfortunately, they refused the help. Pastor Jody Beth went to SBRMC to check on Carrie Cresap following her surgery. Her deacon, Martha Young, checked on her on Thursday.
■ Also on Thursday, Pastor Jody Beth led a Bible study while Betty Sizemore, Mimi and Johnny Hollis folded bulletins.
■ Friday I was blessed with birthday cards in the mail and birthday blessings via Facebook and text message as the body of Christ celebrated my birthday.
■ Yesterday, a large portion of the body of Christ gathered at Mike and Lynn’s home to celebrate the life of Sam Barnwell. The body cooked. The body grieved. The body offered words of comfort. The body of Christ in abundance sharing life, telling stories, catching up on each other’s lives. Children played. Free hugs everywhere.
Don’t forget the ministry of Kathy Menk and her office work. Plus greeters and the expressed joys of gathering today for worship. Then there are those who brought snacks for Sunday school class or for fellowship following worship.
This week the body has also prayed for Mandy Hill, Debbie McBride’s daughter, for Karen Croxell, for Martha Young’s niece, for me.
Thanks be to God.