Piece of Paper, Side Table, Welcome stuff, Note – The Monday Messy Office Report – May 5, 2014

5 May

My Friday tidy office is mysteriously messy by Monday.  Here’s what I found today:

1. A piece of 8 1/2 x 11 lavender colored paper folded in half.  Laying on one of my counters (I have two…long ago my office used to be part of the church nursery), the paper is completely blank.  I have no idea why it is in my office.  A find like this is precisely what motivated me to start this series on the blog.  Things just show up sometimes.

2014-05 lobby2. A small circular side table.  This will become a regular fixture in my office, I think.  I was actually the one who put it here.  For years it was located in our church lobby, but this weekend we began experimenting with a new look for the lobby. In recent months the lobby had become cluttered with all kinds of stuff.  Good stuff, mind you.  Displays for various ministries or opportunities for the most part.  Because our lobby is a big part of the first impression that guests develop, we want the lobby to have an airy, welcoming appeal.  A couple of our ministry committees are going to discuss it further and come up with a plan.  This weekend was our annual youth chicken BBQ (which was awesome again!). The BBQ requires that we remove everything from half of the lobby, and that became a natural stepping off point to do a little experimentation with the rest of the lobby.  If you haven’t checked it out, come see!  It looks great.  And if you have any ideas for how to improve it, please comment here.  Additionally, we are discussing a similar update to our fellowship hall.  We’d love to hear your thoughts.

3. A couple welcome table items.  Related to #2 above, we used to have a small welcome table in the lobby.  Our welcome team members would stand there to greet visitors after the worship service and give them a Faith Church mug.  A couple week’s ago we ran out of these mugs.  One of our committees is now looking into what new gift we might want to give visitors, perhaps a reusable grocery bag with our name on it.  That’s a great idea!  But because we ran out of mugs, a few items on our welcome table were out of date, and I brought them into my office temporarily.  For years we have floated around the idea of installing a more substantial welcome center.  Now with lobby update talks going on, that idea has been brought up again.

4. Note from a Neighbor.  During the BBQ, one of the neighbors who lives adjacent to our parking lot stopped by asking if someone from the church might help her pump water out of her basement.  The April showers were abundant last week, and many people in our community got water in their basements.  I had her write a note so I could remember to follow-up today!  I knew that if there was no note, there would be no follow-up.

Now it’s time for me to clean up this mess!

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