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“What the world needs now is love, sweet love.” So began a Jackie DeShannon song that climbed the charts to #1 back in the sixties. The song’s lyrics took hold because of the weariness that folk were
feeling over world conflicts at the time. Come to think about it, I don’t know of any season when a song like that shouldn’t hit close to home. No one can ever get enough love.
The same might can be said of churches. While most everyone would be quick to acknowledge their love for their church, you might not be able to tell it by the state of disrepair into which many of them have fallen.
Fortunately, we have a Property Committee who “loves” First Baptist enough to stay with the nagging needs of a large, aging facility like ours. Even when the church was undecided about our ultimate location, members of our Property Committee were hard at work to “band-aid” situations until a final
decision could be reached. When we reached that decision three years ago this month, the Property Committee intensified their efforts at arriving at some permanent solutions to some long-standing challenges.
Not all of these solutions are financially costly. Some months ago, they came up with the idea of a Saturday work project they called “Love First.” Based on our popular outwardly-focused community workday, “First Love (which this year is October 23), “Love First” is a campus-focused workday for small improvement projects right here on our own block. The spring workday was a huge success, so much so that our Property Committee thought it wise to plan another one for this fall.
So, this Saturday, we’ll be meeting at the church to do some fix-up, clean-up sort of tasks. The day will begin at 8:30 AM and we’ll conclude by 12:30 PM. (The FSU/Okalahoma game is later in the afternoon.) Supplies will be provided. All we need are workers, and given the success of the last workday, I’m expecting a good crowd to show up. After all, we “love” our church, and when newcomers make their way to us, as they’ve been doing in good numbers recently, they’ll know it by what they see, both in terms of our warmth of spirit and our care of our facilities.
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