All Saints Church in Toledo, Ohio, has published for years an extra mile club in its newsletter, naming people who the previous month performed various acts of kindness, help, service and "body-building" in and around the congregation. Generally it was the pastor and secretary who saw these deeds and included them, but anyone could add names to the list, and in general it simply has been a way to thank and celebrate people; most say they do what they do without a need to be "in the club," but it is for the celebration of the whole congregation that the list is made.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.