From time to time, we’ll do a quick check-in with various members of our TCS staff. This time we asked a few of them a question much on the world’s minds: What do you most look forward to doing post-quarantine?
I hope you see and enjoy as much as I did the life-stages and personalities that shine through in just a few sentences.
Becky de Lijster: Browsing library shelves of physical books… and my kids all have either outgrown or torn their shoes to threads. Shoes will be a big one around here.
Katie Ribera: I am absolutely, without a doubt, most looking forward to sharing the Lord’s Supper together when quarantine lifts. This practice has always been one that can bring me to tears on even a normal Sunday, as I feel the richness of my union with the Lord and unity shared with the body of believers. I love to say “Amen” to the words of Christ spoken to me by my brothers and sisters as they offer me the bread and wine, to watch the parade of believing brothers and sisters walk forward to receive this same gift of Christ, and to sing together the promises of the gospel in our communion hymn. There is glory in this as we get a taste of the heavenly feast we ultimately look forward to, and there will be glory when we get to share this table together again.
Madeline Wion: I’m excited to wear real clothes. What business do I have putting on jeans when I am home ALL day with two toddlers? None. I’m excited to be socially expected to change out of leggings and my three rotating shirts.
Cheryl Haug: I want to HUG people!
I want to see my kids playing fierce on the soccer pitch again, in full contact sport glory.
I want to have a hush-puppies-and-cocktails date night with my husband at our special restaurant.
I want to have friends over for pajama movie night.
I want my next-door neighbors to be able to come home.
I want to hold Emily’s new dear Elanor.
Lisa Goben: I really, really, REALLY want to see people’s faces the first time they take a sip of our TCS specially roasted coffee from our new coffee makers made by our awesome coffee prep team. But it won’t be for quite awhile. Sigh.
And a nice long, properly distanced line for Communion in our newly remodeled sanctuary would be pretty sweet as well.
David Richmon: An espresso from Herkimer, a hair cut, and a date out with Brenna!
Luke Morton: Seeing live music, family bike ride to dinner and road trips… any kind of travel for that matter!
Michael Kelly: Ministry is a weird job. You’d be surprised how many folks have asked, “Is that full-time?” Aside from writing sermons and visiting people, folks generally don’t know what we do between Sundays. My church planting ministry, however, levels up on the weird. I don’t write new sermons every week and the people I visit are usually pastors or pastors-in-training who, as we’ve noted, have weird jobs or in the latter case want one. That has made me specialize, kind of like doctors specialize. My specialty is taking people to lunch for a living. If that doesn’t sound hard, keep in mind that I often have to travel to take people to lunch in other cities. I’m sure you wouldn’t understand. In fact, none of us are sure how it works, but if I take people to lunch enough times someone eventually plants a church. It works for Sandy, too. So, the whole restaurant shut-down thing has been tough. I’m looking forward to getting back to my real job building the Kingdom one entrée salad at a time.