I love telling people about our congregation. I make it my mission to tell the story of St. Dunstan’s Church every chance I get. I tell all the ways we feed people, from taking meals to Tent City 3 to our Community Dinners to our St. Agnes Guild events and our summer picnics. I tell other clergy that we feed upwards of 250 people each Tuesday evening and we have served over 10,000 people from our kitchen since last November. I also talk about our outreach with our Youth and with the St. Agnes Guild and inevitably the question is asked, “How big IS your congregation?”
Well, we’re not that big by traditional measures. We have an average Sunday attendance just over 100 people, which means we have about 80 people on most Sundays with a few higher days like Easter and Christmas pulling us up and a few lower Sundays in the summer time.
The look in people’s eyes when they realize how much we do with such a modest congregation is wonderful. Some are a little intimidated. “Our congregation doesn’t do anything quite like that…” Others express wonder, “How do you do so much with such a small congregation?”
We can only do what we do with God’s help. Somehow, when our Community Dinner needs help, as it did last week when the fund went negative, the money comes in. When we need help with cleanup, a new volunteer shows up. There is no making sense of the ministries that come out of our faithful little congregation. We can only give our praise and our gratitude to God.
As St. Paul has said, no one has seen God, and so I will thank you, the members and friends of St. Dunstan’s Church. Thank you for all you do to support the life, ministries and worship of our congregation. We do it all with God’s help. Your generosity, hard work, compassion and love are the expression of God’s help that makes all this possible. So thank you, and God bless you.
Yours in Christ,