We've got an advent wreath and devotional table set up, a couple of glass shelves of gift items. A slat wall of sermon series, etc. etc.
We found one woman who isnt able to attend church much, due to a marital situation. She was so pleased to be asked to be our "reader". She'll read books, write a review for the church newsletter. When I handed her the 'yet to be released' Max Lucado, "Facing Your Giants", and asked if she would mind reading it for us - you'd have thought I handed her gold. Her smile was priceless.
The woman behind the counter is Cathie. She'd originally agreed to manage it, and decided she'd rather be a right arm. That she has been! We said last night we were proud that we've spent most of the last two weeks together, and neither of us growled at each other or cried.
There's a photo of me in here, standing next to one of the gift displays. It's not the best photo, but it's real. If you zoom in you're bound to see a few new crinkles around my eyes...
The tech guy at our church ordered me a new computer and printer for the store. I've been leaving my laptop and printer there, since I haven't been home much anyway. When the pastor I report to stopped in for a final look, he told me to go get a massage and manicure and bring him the receipt. I've never had a massage, but plan to let this be my first. It was a nice end to our big effort. I felt oh so loved and appreciated.
As I closed the door last night to go home, tears welled up in my eyes. Not that it's the biggest, best bookstore on the block, but that we said we'd do it, and we did. We're hoping it will be a blessing to our church family and the community. Wish you could all stop in a for a visit, share a cup of coffee and browse a bit. xoxoxo
posted at 9:37 AM