A weekend of service

It’s been a marathon weekend. I walked 5 miles each day, and all within one building! Oh, and a few other steps from car to building, and up and down church aisles, but pretty much all done in the confines of the fellowship hall and kitchen of our church.

There was a memorial service on Saturday for a long-time member whose family is quite involved with the local presbytery and its outreach. I spent Friday buying flowers and setting tables for the luncheon following the service on Saturday. Fortunately, the food was catered so I only had to set out platters, bowls and serving pieces. There were a number of others from the deacon board who assisted.

My husband made the coffee and set up that beverage area and then spent the rest of the day doing dishes. It’s hard to believe there can be so many dishes to wash when you are using disposables, but all those serving pieces, including 24 pitchers for water and iced tea, needed to be cleaned.

The memorial service had a smaller than expected crowd so there was a lot of food left over–sandwiches and salads and a few desserts, even iced tea and strawberry lemonade. I had sent boxes of food home with the family on Saturday, but still had plenty so decided to offer it up to Sunday’s congregants for after-church coffee fellowship.

I had signed up weeks ago to serve coffee fellowship on this particular Sunday, not realizing I would also be responsible for a luncheon on the previous day. It worked out well, though, as I had to only provide a few more desserts. Another member brought a pot of soup so we had an abundance of food. Lots of church attendees came over after the service and enjoyed a delicious meal and good conversation around the tables.

All of the food was eaten! Terry again washed dishes. I was able to get all the flower vases put away. As we were leaving, the kitchen cleaned and ready for the next event, a group was still sitting at one of the tables, doing church business. I was glad we could be of service.

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4 responses to “A weekend of service

  1. Thank you for doing this.

  2. Good for you and Terry Delaine!

  3. I hope someone has told you how wonderful you are.

  4. That is great. I’m glad you are able to do this and enjoy it so much. I am on the “funeral committee” at our church. We have it all down to a science these days because we’ve been doing the receptions for so long, but there are times when we have too much food, or even worse not enough. (That doesn’t happen often, but I’ve had to run to the store during the service before.) Those days of serving for a funeral are long ones. My feet start to really hurt and I get my 10,000 steps in! In the end, I find it a blessing and enjoy being able to be there to help in a time when others need comfort and need to know others are there for them.

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