This past week we celebrated at the annual SpringHill Christmas party. It is always such a treat to gather all Michigan, Indiana and Daycamp staff and volunteers together and fellowship, something that doesn’t occur often as we are usually the ones serving from several location. I love this group of people, for the shared vision and commitment to Jesus and kids.
This year our party coordinator/detail extraordinaire Dina, included us on the fun! All the centerpieces were made by staff/volunteers and were part of a game. Guess that Christmas Carol… Mine I bet will be obvious to you. I was so excited to put my ‘O little town of Bethlehem’ votives together I was literally the first one to decorate my table, and one of the first ones to the party. I tried to leave my hands open as to who would join us at our table and prayed that Jesus would bring the right people to the spots. Well you can imagine my disappointment when after 35+ minutes of mingling not a single person sat at our table!
A little crushed and dinner almost ready to begin, two couples discreetly entered in. Chuck and his wife, one of our creative duo at Site and Enoch and Joan, our Camp founders. My fears aside, He brought just the right people, I am so thankful. Even though we were the closest to the buffet line we were the last table called. I didn’t mind, I was in awe of the conversation taking place with Chuck and Enoch talking shop about the dining hall renovation. Of all the conversations I hear around camp about kids, numbers, revenues… these two were talking about details of the building, specifically floor tiles.
Enoch recounted the 8000 tiles he personally laid in the original dining hall and still exist today in the space. Talk about laying a foundation for a legacy! I love that such a dynamic and personal leader was willing to get on his hands and knees to serve a place that reaches so many. What a great example of humility to all who aim to serve. Being willing to do even the most redundant lowly projects, that get walked on every day, not for recognition because it’s what needs to be done! Not delegating just doing. Something both of these men know a lot about.
I don’t think I could have hand-picked two better couples to sit with. What a delightful evening it turned out to be, plus the girls crushed at family feud! To pass on the fun, can you pick out some of the carols?
“And there, in the stable, amongst the chickens and the donkeys and the cows, in the quiet of the night, God gave the world his wonderful gift. The baby that would change the world was born. His baby son… And they gazed in wonder at God’s Great Gift, wrapped in swaddling clothes, and lying in a manger. Mary and Joseph named him Jesus, “Emmanuel” – which means “God has come to live with us.” – Jesus Storybook Bible