Thank You, Bereavement Dinner Team

One of the things of which I am the proudest at Madison Christian Church is the way that we open our hearts and take care of those who have experienced the loss of loved ones. On multiple occasions, the Bible speaks of the importance of “binding up,” “healing,” and “blessing” the brokenhearted. Psalm 34 tells us that the Lord is near those who are brokenhearted – and we certainly should be also.

Whenever possible, we provide a dinner around the services. I am repeatedly told that this is something that is going by the wayside. It is unthinkable to me, but I understand that these days many churches hand a list of “Preferred Restaurants” to their people. We are not going to be employing that practice at Madison Christian Church.

I want to say a sincere “thank you” to our Bereavement Dinner Team. A number of years ago the system was revamped so we could do this ministry on a sustained basis with excellent quality and amazing compassion. A structure was created so that the team handles the phone calls, the set up, the decoration of the room and tables, the preparation of food, the serving of food, and the clean up. I cannot begin to effectively list all of the people that it takes to do this – but their dedication to this ministry is noted and appreciated. If you set up, decorate, prepare food, serve food, or clean up, THANK YOU!

Please let me say a word about the leadership of this team. For years, bereavement dinners were coordinated by Eve Williams, Ruthie Gray, Gene Sedwick, and Betty Davidson. I want to acknowledge that Ruth Saylor helped us a great deal with organizational part of this ministry when it was revamped. The system is so beautiful that when I met with a family – I literally make one phone call and the dinner comes to be. For the first few years of our current system, that one phone call went to Carol Kimball, Ruth Saylor, or Susie Herr. Nowadays the first call still usually goes to Carol Kimball, but leadership has expanded to include Sue Richardson and Joan Montgomery.

Repeatedly, families will tell me how much they felt loved and how much it meant to them to have this unhurried time in the Fireside Room to be with family and friends. This ministry is one that is done with great organization, but with even more love and compassion. Sadly, we have to call on this team often. We are grateful that they are always up to the challenge.

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