I was privileged to work with Disciples congregations throughout Kentucky in my last ministry; large ones, small ones and everything in between. Our smallest church was made up of three elderly ladies. Our largest church worships around 1000 every Sunday. And every one of them matters.
You quickly learn that an old adage applies to churches as much as to people. “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight that matters, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” Some of our smallest churches do some of the most amazing ministry. I call them “widow’s mite” congregations.
After my retirement at the end of April this year, I was invited to explore being the part-time interim minister at Hodgenville Christian Church in Hodgenville, KY, the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln. I had worked with this church over the years, most recently in helping them navigate a difficult situation that resulted in some real, painful, membership loss.
With their undaunted spirit and amazing faith in God, a new pastor was called and the rebuilding began, in part, from her great leadership. The joy soon returned. And, in the summer of 2018, a new ministry was launched. It’s called “Coffee on the Square.”
Every weekday morning, from 7:30 am to 11:30 am, the saints of HCC open the doors, brew the coffee, and set out a scrumptious spread of pastries, many of them made by the people who make “Coffee on the Square” go. And did I mention, there is no charge for the coffee and pastries?! It’s a ministry for the good folks of Hodgenville and the many tourists who come to honor the birth and legacy of our sixteenth president (and anyone else, of course).
And, did I mention that on Wednesdays they serve biscuits and gravy?!
I know they grow weary of me talking about this ministry but I can’t help it. It’s just that cool…as are they. I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve these beautiful people.
So, here, in this space, I will share with you my reflections of serving, for however long, this wonderful “widow’s mite” congregation. I’m there on Thursday mornings. Come by and sit a spell, the coffee and pastries are on me (I mean us)! God bless!