Serving and Saving Lives on a Thursday Afternoon

On Thursday afternoon Saint Stephen was a hustling – bustling place.  I haven’t had so much wonderful company at church during the week in months and months.  I must say that I found it to be incredibly exciting!  It felt like the good old days – only with masks and lots and lots of hand sanitizer – of course.

Getting checked in and signed up. Our church president truly leads by faithful example!

I have missed our vibrant Christian community while we have all been staying safe at home because of COVID-19.  I have missed chatting in the fellowship hall.  I have missed hearing about your children and grandchildren and your pets and your personal lives.  I have missed hearing about your jobs and your favorite hobbies.  I have missed getting health updates and the opportunity to check in with one another.  Quite simply I have missed all of you.

Chloe and Lori hiding under those nifty masks. Lori came on her wedding anniversary to donate blood!

I have also missed the opportunity of welcoming the wider community into Saint Stephen and the opportunity of serving our Lord by serving God’s people.

Catching up!

All of those things happened on Thursday afternoon during our first Red Cross Blood Drive at Saint Stephen of the year. 

She was so patient with the crazy pastor and her camera who was stalking her while she was trying to do her job!

There is no substitute for blood.  When a patient receives blood, it was given in advance by a generous donor.

No HIPA violation here. I asked for and received Lori’s permission!

Every 2 seconds someone in the United States needs blood.

Marilyn says “Hi!”

1 blood donation can potentially save up to 3 people’s lives!

You can see Susan is enjoying her summer. Her eyes are twinkling with delight! Or maybe that is because we were talking about her amazing grandson . . .

Red blood cells must be used within 42 days of donation.  Therefore there is always a need for donors.

Dorothy just came from work. What a total rock star!

We had 21 people come to the blood drive hoping to give blood.  17 of those potential donors were successful! 

Thank you to everyone who volunteered!  Thank you for being so incredibly generous!  Thank you for being so willing to give of yourselves to help others!  Thank you for being a blessing!

You are all in my heart, thoughts, and prayers.

In Christ and with Love –

Pastor Kerri

One Reply to “Serving and Saving Lives on a Thursday Afternoon”

  1. Thanks to all who helped at the Red Cross blood drive. Bill Thompson was there to assist in getting refreshments for the donors. It was good to see Lori, Marilyn, Susan, Sarah, Dorothy and of course Pastor and Cheryl as they ended their work day. Agree with Pastor it was refreshing to hear voices and laughter in the fellowship hall again.

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