Amy Carder (Parish 3)
It’s hard to believe that my daughter, Lauren, is graduating from Barrington High School in just a few weeks. On the one hand, it seems a long time since we held her in our arms, in her little white dress, at the front of this church, praying that she wouldn’t spit up on Pastor Dan as he baptized her.
On the other hand, it’s been a blink of the eye, the years going by faster and faster. I’m sure many of you have experienced this same phenomenon. I can think of countless experiences at this church that have contributed to the upstanding young woman she has become starting with her time in the nursery with Sandy Kane (how lucky are we to have her in the nursery for so many years!), Sunday school, Wednesday Night Live, Vacation Bible School, the music, youth Elder, youth mission trips, etc.
You’ll be glad to know that she wrote in some of her college essays that she considers PCB to be her safe space and counts some of its congregants as her extended family.
Did you know that she sometimes had a PCB cheering section at her BHS volleyball games? How awesome is that! In fact, I’d like to send out a special shout out to Rich and Kathy Larson who not only went to many of Lauren’s games, but they can also be found supporting our youth and their neighborhood youth at all kinds of sporting events and concerts. This is just one example of how our church is not just a place to go on Sunday morning, but is a family that supports one another and the community.
Has this got you thinking? Do you have any ‘out-of-the-box’ ideas that can help further PCB’s mission to be a “compassionate community of faith”?
Please bring your ideas to any of our church leaders or just go out and do! Come this fall, when Gary and I will be empty-nesters, we might be joining Rich and Kathy at some games as well!