Updated: Mar 24
On a clear and sunny Saturday in May, something other than a horse race was happening in Louisville Kentucky. The first wellness fair sponsored by Coke Memorial United Methodist Church https://cokememorialumc.com/, St. Paul United Methodist Church https://www.stpaulchurchky.org/and Smoketown Family Wellness Center https://smoketownwellness.org/ brought together 3 communities to provide health screenings, wellness activities for young and old and information from a wide variety of resources.
Although turn out sparse, the fellowship between the participants was warm, inviting, and jovial. This is how bridges are built: face to face, one on one. That kind of relationship building takes time and patience and intentional choices. In our fast paced world, that kind of patience is in high demand. I'm happy to report that all 3 of the sponsors of this event recognized this opportunity and took full advantage. As a member of St. Paul UMC and the program developer of Learning HOW to Age https://expressiveavenue.locals.com/ ,https://www.learntoage.org/ , I was welcomed by all who were there and appreciated having time to talk with everyone who asked questions and was interested in this program. As Cullen Hornaday put it...
"Seeds of friendship and trust were planted. Ideas are beginning to bubble up. The Holy Spirit is at work doing 'a new thing.'"
And a member of the Coke Memorial family commented there was 'a buzz of excitement' from her friends who attended. She said, 'Today was great, I had a feeling it would be, it was so good to see people in person!!'