Rev. Dr. Faith J. Conklin

Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020 at 9:30am - Pre-Recorded Worship

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"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord..."
Colossians 3:23

Dear SDUMC Family,

At times such as we presently find ourselves, we can become frustrated when customer service at an establishment may not be all that we hoped it would be. As I ponder those times in my own life, I confess I probably haven't noticed the amazing moments of service when I'm moving in a bit of a fog. On the start of this Labor Day Weekend, I remembered a story that I hope reminds us of the many acts of goodness in our world.

On the day of her impending move, Jenny Hayden Lamey indeed found herself moved, but not in the way she expected. Lamey was greeted early in the morning by Walter Carr, one who was sent to come to help her family pack and move their belongings. Carr had arrived early thanks to the help of local police, and when asked to elaborate, he simply said, "I walked." It was quite the understatement. Police had previously spotted Carr at 4 a.m. that morning, walking the 14-mile journey from his home to the Lamey household in Pelham. His car had broken down, but because this was to be his first day on the job, he didn't want to offer any excuses for missing work. So he left his home at midnight, on foot. Lamey was so flabbergasted by his story, that she shared it-first with the other movers as they arrived, then with friends on Facebook. The ensuing post went viral, and came to the attention of Luke Marklin, CEO of the Bellhops moving company, who subsequently tweeted: "This is an incredible story. The grit and heart Walter showed defines Bellhops' culture precisely. I'm really proud to be on the same team as Walter... we set a high bar on service and he just raised it. I look forward to thanking him in person this week." Marklin followed up on his promise-and thanked Carr with a 2014 Ford Escape.

My friends, may we keep our eyes open for the Good News and the good work in our world. I look forward to joining you on Sunday as we are joined by our dear friend and Pastor-in-Residence, Rev. Dr. Faith J. Conklin. She has an amazing message, as always, on how we can come together as the Body of Christ through reconciliation. We’ll join you at 9:30 a.m. on Livestream (or head to Facebook or the website later in the day). Also, take some time with me this weekend and look for some ways that people go above and beyond (take a little time to pray for others when it doesn't happen) and share a message of gratitude. As Mother Teresa said, "Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless."

Thank you for being a congregation, even during this difficult time, that serves our community and world in numerous ways!

Grace and Peace,

John
P.S. Please watch the E-News on Wednesday for our 10:45 a.m. Sunday Outdoor Worship beginning on September 13th.

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