From Our Pastor
It is hard to believe that summer is almost here! As the school year concludes around the city, I find myself reflecting on all that has happened at Metairie Ridge in that relatively short period of time. The sanctuary has been restored to its beautiful self, our Mission and Outreach Programs continue to flourish and provide important services through Program of Hope and the Food Bank at Jefferson Presbyterian Church, and we welcomed two new members to Metairie Ridge! It’s been a whirlwind over the past nine months, but no rest for the weary! Here are a few things currently happening at MRPC.
First of all, in case you haven’t heard, there have been some changes to the staff at Metairie Ridge. After 37 years as both a teacher and the Director, Ms. Susan Acosta retired. We thank Susan for her many years of service to an important part of MRPC.
She will be missed. As sad as we are to lose Susan, it is with great excitement that we welcome Mrs. Antionette Martin. Antionette’s passion for the children and families of Metairie Ridge is crystal clear, and her leadership with the teachers of the daycare has already transformed the campus of MRPC in the short time that she has been in her new role as Director. Please join me in welcoming Antionette to the MRPC family! You can read more about her in the following pages of the Ridge Reader.
In other news, Vacation Bible School is back! After a year off, Metairie Ridge will be hosting the successful VBS Program once again. This will be my first experience with VBS, but I am looking forward to participating in the summer program that I’ve heard so much about. I’ve talked with many people my age who still fondly recall their experience of Vacation Bible School as a child. That is why I am so thankful that Metairie Ridge can provide such a positive experience for the children of the community.
Finally, I want to thank everyone who was involved in and/or attended our Holy Week Services. They were a great success. Whether it be the bombastic music from the brass, organ and choir of Easter Sunday, or the cool water running over the hands of those at the Maundy Thursday Service, the events that are unique to these Holy Days provided an opportunity to reflect on the power of the lessons we are called to remember and honor each year. If you were not able to attend this year, I hope you will be able to next year!
As we come out of Holy Week, I find myself reflecting on the lessons from this past year and how we as a church might employ them into our own church life. My message for Easter Sunday this year was that “God through Christ meets us in all times of our lives, including when it’s dark.” I think of the horrible fire that destroyed much of the great Notre Dame Cathedral, and in the midst of the darkness of that first night, God’s faithful lit up the night with candlelight and song. I think it was fitting that it happened during Holy Week because in the middle of an assumed death came resurrection and life anew. Re-affirmed faith and the promise to rebuild came in the wake of this tragedy, and I think it is an important lesson for all of us to embrace. Metairie Ridge has had its glory days and it has had its grave lows, where it seemed there was no way out, but resurrection is already upon us friends. It might look a bit different than it once did but rest in this assurance. God is with us always, and Metairie Ridge still has an important role in Christ’s Church and in this community. That’s why I can’t wait to see what’s next. I hope you all have a safe and wonderful summer!