Our church has embraced the New England Colonial tradition of welcoming a new pastor by “pounding.” In colonial times, the pounding tradition had the community fill the larder of the new pastor’s family with provisions in pound sizes: a pound of flour, sugar, salt, or butter. Our Associate Pastor is coming from the Midwest with young daughters and this is a way for the congregation to set them up with a full kitchen as they begin their lives as Mainers.
As I enter the parish hall, I notice the “pounding tree.” Paper leaves of various items hang from a makeshift tree. I am immediately drawn to the “Mac and cheese.” What kids wouldn’t love that! I bet we can get a serious box of mac and cheese for the family.
We can all be generous individually. What a church can do is geometrically increase the giving. This December our young family’s kitchen will be filled with a month’s worth of love.