Marietta First United Methodist Church

Do All the Good You Can

By Lori Ethridge
Minister to Senior Adults

Normally Susan McElwain, our caterer on staff, handles all the food preparations for the monthly senior adult luncheons. This month, however, she and her staff were at a cooking show in Nashville, TN, so I had to scramble a bit to find someone to cater the BBQ lunch at the park pavilion. I heard that a church member, Vince Polk, had recently done a fabulous job smoking ribs for the Sunday evening meal for our youth group, so I gave him a call. He graciously agreed to help me out of my bind. Not only did he rise very early in the morning to smoke the meat, but he also delivered the delicious ribs, pulled pork and pulled chicken to the pavilion along with buns, BBQ sauce, baked beans and cornbread soufflé. What a guy!

The day before the BBQ, I was standing in line at Gabriel’s to pick up the desserts for the said event. A woman with a young child was ordering at the right hand register while a serviceman in uniform was paying at the left hand register. Suddenly the woman rushed to the cashier on the left and said, “I’m paying for his lunch.” The serviceman discouraged her with polite thanks, but she insisted on treating him. He relented; they shook hands and she encouraged him by saying, “Thank you for your service.” What a gal!

John Wesley said it best, “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” I think Vince Polk, and the woman at Gabriel’s took John Wesley at his word, and am I very grateful.