Alamo Heights Christian Church
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A Note from 2016 Board Chair

By Stephanie Blandford

 GRATEFULNESS I am trying to be more grateful these days. It is a whole lot better than complaining and believe it or not, it does make you feel more secure and satisfied with life. It certainly is better than believing that the country is careening out of control and going downhill fast. Wouldn’t it be much better to thank the good Lord that you live in this fine country where we are not persecuted and the worst we get is taken for granted when someone neglects to say “Merry Christmas” and opts for “Happy Holidays” instead? I am grateful for this church and the fine people in it who step up to the plate when they are needed. We had a wonderful VBS this year in spite of the smaller attendance. The kids were enthusiastic and the message was perfect for the summer season even though it rained on our parade some. We managed just fine indoors. The kids, as always, managed to learn about a dozen songs with motions in a very short period of time. They are so smart! The parents should be proud! They also knew their Bible stories! Many volunteers helped with decorating, including the kids, and the meals were creative and colorful and on theme. I would like to thank Liz Jones, Virginia Manning, Cheryl Harden, Jeanine Palow, Mattie Fontelroy, Sarah Warren, Rosemary Toland, and Linda Hawkins for their contributions. It was great not to have to worry about meals on top of the “part” I played and the message that we were trying to get across in such a short time. The Patty (I) s I, II, and Jody did an outstanding job as our Bible characters. I would like to thank Liz Brown especially for her creative decorating talent and her remarkable ability to tell a story that keeps the kids riveted. I do not know where I would be without my puppeteer, Vicki Ashelin, and the hard work and creativity that Barbara Perkins brings to the show. I am thankful for Sarah, who is always cost conscious and manages to find us a program far in advance, so that we can stay on budget along with those who donate a lot of “stuff” – you know whom you are. Of course, there are also all those who tote and carry, like Jody Warren, Rev. Palow, our precious Vernon, and others who work quietly behind the scenes and support our efforts so unquestionably. I am sure I am forgetting someone, but you all know whom you are and you know you are appreciated sincerely. We are so blessed that our congregation is full of “Martha’s” when it comes to getting stuff done. Finally, I am grateful that we have found a pastor that is willing to give his all to us, in spite of our financial situation. It was in God’s good timing that Rev. Ed Palow showed up when we needed him most. He has proven to be a real man of God and a pastor after my own heart, someone I can fully support without qualm. I hope that you all can get to know him and appreciate his kind heart and faithful service in the years to come. More importantly, I hope you will be proud enough of our new pastor to invite others to hear him speak and get to know him as well. God bless you all with good health and grateful hearts as we go into fall and the holiday seasons! I am looking forward to the months ahead.
In Him, Stephanie Blandford