Hey, y’all! It’s good to hang out in your inbox again : ) I hope that you all are having a really wonderful Easter, and that signs of resurrection are making themselves known to you and your community.
Over the course of the Lenten season, I had the privilege of sharing with you about my ministry with both my local church community and with FriendshipWorks. Together, we waded through the challenges of elder isolation, aging trends in general, the generous and tired hearts of caregivers, diverse volunteer experiences, and more. Did any of these stories bring up memories of one of your loved ones? A neighbor? A friend? Maybe you didn’t find yourself inspired, exactly, – maybe encouraged? troubled? …at the least, educated?
I ask because I have an opportunity for you to help make a difference in the life of an elder (and of a volunteer). FriendshipWorks is having our first ever Walk-a-Thon on May 15th (appropriately titled FriendshipWalks) and I would be so honored if you would support us in our endeavor to raise awareness about elder isolation and raise funds to help us continue making connections for elders within their own community. Funds raised go directly to maintaining and expanding our free services for elders in Boston.
I would love to tell you that I am walking in the Walk-a-Thon myself and taking physical steps on May 15th. However, preaching duty calls, and I’ll actually be preaching at my church that morning. (After the service, I’ll be joining FriendshipWorks for the afterparty, held at the office I of which I am the director!) So, since I won’t be walking in the walk, and therefore can’t incentivize your donation by saying that for ever dollar you donate, I’ll walk xx amount of steps, I’m instead taking a more…creative approach. Listen, it involves hair dye, so get pumped.
May 15th is Pentecost Sunday, the Sunday where we commemorate and celebrate the receiving of the Holy Spirit by the early church. Flames are one of the many images associated with the Holy Spirit, and so the color red is the color of this liturgical holiday and season.
If my community can together raise $1000 for FriendshipWorks, I will dye the ends/tips of my hair bright red in time for May 15th. Yes, this means preaching with my hair partially dyed red…on Pentecost Sunday.
If you found yourself touched by any of the posts written about elders or volunteers, I encourage you to donate. You can donate in honor of a special elder in your life, or maybe even in honor of a great volunteer! You can give from the bottom of your heart – the place where you know that practicing generosity and gratitude in turn creates a more generous and gracious spirit within us. You can also give from the place in your heart that doesn’t give a flip about elder isolation but very much would like to see me preachin’ on May 15th with flame red hair. That is also a great option. Maybe your heart includes both of those inclinations! Even better. (To clarify, this is at least 2-3 inches of my hair, and it will stay in until it fades a few weeks later.)
With the generous support I’ve received so far (including from some of you! Thank you!), I’m already 36% of the way to my goal, which is incredible. A donation of any amount (even $5) helps us reach our overall goal! If you are interested in donating, or even just learning more about the Walk-a-Thon, you can visit my page here:
Also, feel free to share widely! You never know who wants to help end elder isolation or see a preacher preachin’ with red hair on Pentecost Sunday.
Thanks for reading, friends. I promise this is the only pitch post I’ll make about the Walk-a-Thon. : ) Plus, today is National Walking Day, so it just felt right to write this today.
Until next time!