“Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.”
— Roger Miller
It was pouring down rain when I pulled out of the driveway at 7:10 am last Sunday and, if I’m being completely honest, sloshing up to FUMCFW wasn’t exactly what I wanted to do at that moment. Yet to my surprise, I spent my morning not just getting wet, but actually “feeling the rain!”
Director of Operations Sandy Williams, Director of Facilities Services Windle Watkins, and their fabulous team worked hard all morning to keep things dry. A big thank-you to Gerry Grieser who built the wonderful ramps we use on 5th St. so that nobody has to walk through the puddles when it rains. (Although there were a few kids who couldn’t resist the temptation to try out their rain boots by stomping in the middle of the biggest puddle they could find!) More than one person remarked how grateful they were for these new bridges over the current that flowed in front of the church.
As I stood in front of the Sanctuary in my rain boots, slicker, and big umbrella, I watched as Bob Leibrock and Martin Reid — armed with huge golf umbrellas and even bigger smiles — helped people from the parking lot to the church. This year’s Confirmation Class and their families seemed oblivious to the rain as they arrived for the rehearsal at 9:00 am, and then returned for the 11:00 am service where they were confirmed as members of FUMCFW while their proud families watched from their perch in the Sanctuary. When Lead Usher Chris Lokey noticed a young mom, baby in tow, who needed to get through the rainy Garden to the church for a diaper change, he quickly offered an umbrella escort.
The rain may have dampened the spirits of those who chose to stay home that morning, but as I observed the “frontline greeters” (parking lot greeters, the ushers, the people at the Hospitality carts, the Welcome Center volunteers, and the people who greet at the doors), I realized it was just another Sunday for them. They were here as always, happy to do whatever necessary to make sure everyone feels welcome. All of the staff, volunteers, as well as members and visitors who were here on Sunday truly had a great morning together as we all “felt the rain.”
When I got in my car to head back home, I was incredibly happy at the way my morning turned out because there were so many moments that day that truly made me smile. I’m so grateful I get to spend my Sunday mornings — rain or shine — with an amazing staff, the volunteers who graciously serve on Sundays, and the members and visitors of FUMCFW. Quite simply, because of all of them, Sunday is always my ray of sunshine!
See you Sunday!
Director of Welcoming Ministries