This weekend our parish is holding its Annual Fall Festival. I look forward to the event every year because it showcases all the wonderful things about our parish. All the proceeds of the Festival are used to support outreach ministries in our community. The Festival is a great way for us to share our property with the community – from time for fellowship and yummy food, to fun activities for children and families, to vendors being able to display their wares, to being able to get an in-depth tour of our historic chapel. Our “Attic Treasures” section is a wonderful example of being good stewards of creation – allowing one person’s underused items to find new life with someone else (plus all the unpurchased goods get donated to a local ministry). Our “Amazin’ Grazin’” section allows neighbors to have access to home-baked goods – a privilege that is sometimes lost in this fast-paced, pre-packaged world of consumption. Even our silent auction is a wonderful example of local businesses and individuals donating their services to benefit the great community. And that does not even touch the volunteer labor that goes into this one day – both before, during, and after.
If you are paying attention on Saturday, you will learn that Hickory Neck is a community that cares. We care about our neighbors in need. We care about children and families, and creating safe, fun places for them. We care about partnerships and collaboration in the greater Williamsburg area. We care about the environment, and using our creativity to enrich the earth. We care about creating a space where a sense of home can be found. We care about using our time, talent, and treasure to the glory of God. We care about you.
So, yes, I will be out and about enjoying a festivities of our Fall Festival. But more than that, I will be thrilled to show you a glimpse into the awesome community of Hickory Neck. Come join us as we celebrate belonging, believing, and becoming. The treasure you leave with will be more than just what you purchase; it will be a sense that, for a moment, you are a part of Hickory Neck too. And if you like how that feels, then come join us again on any given Sunday. I promise you’ll see more of the same!