God is good. That is just the way he is. Good. However, God has also created a lot of good people and it seems he has brought more than a fair share to take up residence in and around Ledbetter, Texas.
Several years ago, Lorri and I thought it would be good idea if Ledbetter had a church in the immediate community. There are so many good churches around but there just wasn’t one in Ledbetter. We started meeting in our home but before we could turn around we needed a larger space to take care of both adults and children who were coming.
Ultimately, the Ledbetter Cemetery Association made the church building on Prospect Rd. available to use for Sunday worship and activities and learning for children on Wednesday nights. We are wearing that old building out but somehow the walls are telling us that it loves being used in the community. The part about good people comes in here. All the officers of the association have bent over backwards to support us and do all they can to make us feel at home. That’s a sign of good people.
Most of you know by now that we call the church Soul Cafe. As we grow and develop, it never leaves our consciousness that we really exist because of this community’s kindness. So, we just don’t know any better way than to live up to our metaphorical name and invite you to lunch.
On Sunday, April 15, we invite everyone to come eat crawfish and sausage and whatever else the good folks at Soul Cafe bring that day. It is our way of saying thank you for all you have done to encourage and support the church. The Ledbetter Volunteer Fire Department is our gracious host this year. They continue to provide space, tables, support and help and we want to thank them as often as we can.
We have a verse in the Bible that we feel is especially instructive to us. It says this: Whosoever will, let them come and drink of the water of life freely, without cost. So this is not a way of raising money. There is no charge. We just want to say, “Thanks.” We’ll meet at the Ledbetter Fire Station/Community Center on Labadie St. at noon to start serving lunch and do hope you will come and let some of our folks hug your neck. If you want to join us for worship that day we would love to have you as our honored guest. We’ll start worship at 11:00 a.m. and have lots of fun in the process, around the tables in the Community Center. Casual, come as you are!
P.S. Someone asked what would happen if 5,000 folks show up for lunch on April 15. I said we would have to look around for a little boy with a brown paper sack with some of those barley loaves and Sea of Galilee sardines. Somehow, by the grace of God, there will be enough. You might want to come just to see how that works out.
(If you like to run, or walk, join the Fun Run 5K at 9:00 a.m.)