Touché January 12, 2018
Posted on January 12, 2018 by under Touché,


Anne’s Stove for All of Us

“But he urged them strongly; so they turned aside to him and entered his house; and he made them a feast, and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.”  (Genesis 19:3)

We have a new stove in the kitchen.  Our old stove caught fire a couple of times during the Turkey Supper and, without pilot lights, was always a little dicey to light.  We purchased this new stove mainly with Memorial Funds that were given in memory of Anne Jackson.  The fellowship account and a gift by one of our two “Turkey Supper Queens”, Beth Thompson, made up the difference.  It will provide years of service as a center of hospitality at Hopewell.

The importance of hospitality is at the center of scripture.  God welcoming us into relationship and the people of God making room for others in sharing good news.  The text above is from the story of Abraham welcoming three visitors and cooking for them.  In Hebrews the writer alludes to this by saying: “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing so some have entertained angels unawares.”

It is fitting this stove honors Anne.  She was a center of hospitality in this place.  She and Les worked tirelessly in making sure Hopewell was a welcoming place for all of us.  She worked on the building, she made curtains for many of the offices including mine, and she always made sure this place was beautiful.  I trust she would be pleased that she has provided a legacy that will cook for the homeless and bless those who will eat at Hopewell.

Les has moved to Florida and we deeply miss Les and Anne and their contribution to Hopewell.  I am recognizing every day all the work they did to keep this place beautiful and in good shape. I wonder about the legacy of Anne as it is picked up by a new generation that will care for this place.  The stove will work for years, but the challenge is to find a new generation who love this place and want to make sure that we are always ready to receive angels unawares who come into this place.

The best way to thank Les and Anne for their service is to pick up the slack that is left in their absence.  This is a challenge to all of us to find those places that we can make beautiful and welcoming at Hopewell and continue to bless new generations that will come to this place.

In His Service,