To Love & To Lead: Staff Discussions


Posted on Aug 29, 2017 by Steve Kelton, Facilities Manager


Our first food truck Sunday is now in the books and except for a few minor glitches it was a huge success. Our vendors were very pleased as they all sold out of their main menu items. Some of our members may have been a little disappointed for the same reason, but the vendors promised to return next month with enough for everyone.  Not knowing what to expect I was surprised by the number of folks from the community who helped us bless our vendors.  Most took their lunch home but some joined us under the trees for food and fellowship. Others just drove by and I can only imagine were thinking “What is that Heritage bunch up to now?”

I have attended Heritage for 10 years but my roots go back to St. Johns many years ago. My first Sunday  here I was approached in the Fellowship Hall by Sue Weege and asked if I had a Sunday school class. I replied “no ma’am” and off we went to the Good Shepard class. That was the last time I ever said “no” to Sue! I felt welcome that day and in a few weeks I knew I was home.

Home Sweet Home. Home is where the heart is. There’s no place like home. These are all phrases I would use to describe Heritage.  I was reminded by a friend last week that this building is also God’s house. While I agree with this I feel we should treat Heritage Church as if it belonged to us personally. We all have a certain pride in our own homes. We demonstrate this by keeping the grass cut, the walls painted, the dishes done and sometimes even folding the clean clothes piled on the couch. Sure, we have an awesome cleaning crew, a great lawn care team and volunteers too numerous to name here but we can all get involved. Mr. Briley, a founding member of this church, was also a member of what Tom Brokaw called “the greatest generation”. I only knew Mr. Briley a few years but he loved this church like none other. The story goes that he would go out of his way in the Great Hall to pick up a small piece of paper. What pride! The greatest  generation will be gone soon but if we work hard enough we can re-train ourselves and show our kids and grand kids what that kind of pride looks like. The next time you see a small piece of paper on the floor, pick it up. Someone may learn about pride by watching you.

God loves you and I love you!

Steve Kelton, Facilities Manager


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