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Monthly Insight From Pastor Phil Yoder
New Carpet For The Fellowship Hall
I have been informed that we are having new carpet installed in our Fellowship Hall this week. In case you haven’t noticed, the old carpet is stained, it is worn, and put bluntly, it is an eye sore. I have heard comments like, “The carpet has stains,” “I didn’t know it looked so bad,” and “It is ugly.” And all those comments may well be true. I am sure that the old carpet has had to absorb some coffee and cookie crumbs, and probably most Sundays. But “Hooray!” for coffee and cookies every Sunday! And it certainly has collected more than a few choice morsels from our delicious and bounteous fellowship meals, and a few scalloped potatoes from funeral meals, and countless spills from reunions and open house celebrations, and baptism celebrations, and maybe even a bit of Communion Juice. How lucky can a carpet be!
To me, there is something of a strange attraction hidden in that old carpet. Not that I look at it and wish it was in my house. I don’t! But it represents something that is very precious. The old carpet has seen a lot of traffic over the years, it has seen a lot of “Fellowship,” and it is worn and stained for those very reasons. Wouldn’t it be tragic if we built a nice Fellowship Hall, and never allowed it to be used just to keep it looking nice and to keep stains off the carpet? Those old stains, while not at all pleasing to the eye, remind me that there has been a lot of fellowship that has transpired in that room over the years. Sunday School discussions, Bible School lessons, too many meals to count, youth gatherings, and much celebration. Countless prayers have been sent to the throne of God from that room. In the early years of the Food Pantry, the Fellowship Hall was the gathering and processing center as needs were cared for in our community. Lives have been saved by the Red Cross’ collection of blood, and souls have been saved by telling of Jesus’ shed blood, all in that room. I have to wonder how many feet walked over that old carpet. It has to be in the thousands. Is it even possible that there is a room in all of Middlebury that has dispensed more blessings than our Fellowship Hall?
I wonder how much money was raised for MCC by the Women’s Sewing, sewing quilts to donate to the Relief Sale over the years, in that room. I wonder how many children have been blessed by all the projects the Sewing ladies have done. I wonder how many lives have been saved by the blood that was collected by the Red Cross over many years. I wonder how many children grew to health because they came to the clinic the Elkhart Health Department sets up every month in that room for people without insurance. I wonder how God has protected our schools in Middlebury and guided our teachers because of the prayers that are lifted to God by the “Moms in Prayer Group” that meets in our fellowship hall every week to pray. I don’t know of any way to measure the faith, the encouragement, and the hope that found life in that room.
Over the years, our Fellowship Hall has been a place of fellowship, of prayer, of encouragement, and a place of celebration. And I hope that it will continue to be all of those things. I am in no way advocating for carelessness, but I am praying that as new carpet is installed in our Fellowship Hall, we will be more concerned that our Fellowship Hall continue to be a place of fellowship, encouragement, prayer, and service to our community than we are about keep the new carpet looking new. As we celebrate the new carpet, let’s continue to celebrate the fellowship, the love, and the building of faith that has been a staple in that room!
Written By Pastor Philip Yoder