Keeping it Real

Lisa Helm“Life lives, life dies. Life laughs, life cries. Life gives up and life tries. But life looks different through everyone’s eyes.”

— Groucho Marx

I recently wrote, “This blog practically writes itself,” and that is the truth, it does. However, sometimes I, like everyone else, can get cranky, frustrated, and a little overwhelmed with all we have going on and all the many things that need to be done to make everything go smoothly every single week — and to make it all feel welcoming to the many different people we have here each Sunday morning. Funny thing is, whenever I start to feel snowed under, something always happens that forces me to see this place with completely different eyes.

My parents spent the Memorial Day weekend with us and came to church with me this past Sunday. After great deliberation over our many options, they decided to try The Gathering with Rev. Lance Marshall at 9:30 am in Room 350. To say they liked it is an understatement. As I told Lance, “My parents are going to start the San Angelo, Texas, chapter of the Lance Marshall Fan Club.” They loved it and were so impressed with Lance and The Gathering community. And, as always when they visit FUMCFW, they just loved the whole place.

As my father stood in the Garden munching on chocolate croissants while tapping a foot to the eleven:eleven band music drifting through the open doors to Wesley Hall, my mother commented, “This beautiful Gothic building, the music here — what I’m listening to now and what you always have in the Sanctuary with your fabulous choir, organ, and organist — and then getting to experience The Gathering with Lance this morning is just a breath of fresh air! You are so lucky you get to enjoy this every week!”

So, as much as I hate to admit it, I guess what they say is true: your mother is always right!

See you Sunday!

Lisa Helm
Director of Welcoming Ministries

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