Jumping into July
We had another amazing 4th of July celebration at Mercy Commons Covenant Church this year. As has been our tradition, we keep it simple and fun with a few bounce houses, freezies, and cold water to show our love to the community during the Edina parade.
We have the unique opportunity to be on the parade route and open the doors of the church during this vibrant time. We figured out years ago that one of the best things we can do to show God’s love is simply welcome people into our church to use the bathroom. Nothing says “Jesus loves you” like having a bathroom available when you are potty training!
This year our group of volunteers was a well-oiled machine, taking only 20 minutes to set up two huge coolers filled with over 400 freezies, ice cold water containers, two massive bounce houses (one with an awesome slide), and tables devoted to face painting and balloon animals!
It was a balmy day, and we ran out of freezies just as the first fire truck sounded its siren and the parade took off. The kids had a blast dancing to the marching bands and bag pipes, not to mention diving for the candy thrown by various politicians up for re-election. The line for the balloon animals/flowers/whatever-else-could-be-concocted-on-the-spot and the face painting, careened dangerously toward the street, filled with some of the most patient four-year-olds I have ever seen.
The community and our congregation got a chance to get to know our newly-installed pastor, Daniel Lukas. Daniel jumped in – literally in the bounce house – and figuratively by handing out freezies and water, holding babies and chatting as if he had been here for years, not just a couple weeks. We feel very blessed as a community to have him and his family here at Mercy Commons and welcome his wealth of experience and passion for Christ.
We are excited as a church body to see what this next year has in store for the vibrancy of our community and the plans God has for us.