Reverend Snell reports on St. Paul's efforts to help West Virginians who suffered from the recent devistating floods:
We did not put out enough tables on Sunday July 3.
This is a familiar failing, as we always underestimate how generous the people of St. Paul's are when it comes to helping our neighbors.
Early last Sunday morning we set up one table to receive the cleaning supplies we were going to collect to help those in West Virginia recovering from recent flooding. We put a sign on it that said "West Virginia Supplies - Thank you!"
As people poured into worship on Sunday laden with supplies, that single table quickly filled up. Tracey Furman put out two more tables to handle the volume. Jerry Watkins took a picture of your generosity.
Many of you contributed, including Sharon Coale who came by the church on July 4, a holiday, with additional bags of supplies to put on the pile.
We had so many supplies that Terri Marshall's car wasn't going to hold it all. The church van was offered, and Nancy Schallhorn volunteered to drive it on Tuesday.
Early Tuesday morning Ed Ayre came by the church and helped fill that cavernous van. After we checked the oil and prayed for the success of the journey, Nancy and Terri drove off with their precious cargo.
Hours later these two intrepid travelers were met on the grounds of the Greenbrier Resort by culinary students from the Philippines, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, and the UK. These young ladies were volunteering at this distribution site. They eagerly unloaded the van, and willingly posed for a picture with their new Kensington friends.
Terri and Nancy then made their way to the local United Methodist Church which gratefully received the baby clothes you donated. Afterward, they dropped off a $500 check to the folks at City Hall, an amount given from the generous hearts of the people of St. Paul's.
After lunch, Terri and Nancy made their way back home with a van empty of everything except a little mud tracked in from a flooded region. These modern-day Good Samaritans had given all the compassion they had to neighbors in need.
The tables in the Narthex are still there.
They are now as empty as the van, but they patiently await the next time there is a need among neighbors. We have no doubt that St. Paul's will give generously to meet that need. When that next time comes, we should remember to put out more tables.