As I walked to a new neighbor just around the corner, I was a little nervous and excited. In my hand was a welcome basket containing lots of goodies from the community and from our church. I knocked on the door, feeling excited as I thought about what I was going to say. The door opened, and I just said “Welcome to the neighborhood”. I would have introduced myself, but the new neighbor was a member here at First. She was very thankful to be thought of, and all I asked her in return was to give me feedback about what she thought of the basket.
This is just one of ten baskets given out this year. I have heard from others who have given out baskets that they were well received. The basket I gave out was well liked, and the recipient thought it was all lovely. She enjoyed the popcorn, telling me the following Sunday that she was popping in to worship. There are another 10 baskets ready to be given out. Four of them are available at the resource center across from the office. Feel free to grab one on a Sunday or during the week, fill out the address information as to where the basket is going, and welcome your neighbor to your block.
The baskets aren’t really baskets but bags tied with ribbon, so that they are easy to carry and the items will not fall out. As a team we tried hard to make them look nice on the outside and welcoming in the inside. The welcome baskets contain a packet of business cards from local businesses, a La Crosse-area visitor guide, a handmade dishcloth from First, a microwave bag of popcorn and other gifts from the community. The welcome basket team wanted to make sure the items were helpful and/or informational, but not so many items that it would be overwhelming to those receiving the baskets. Please take time to look at them at the resource center.
If you have any questions about what’s in the bags, need help finding where the welcome baskets are or information on how to get one, I’m available between worship services on Sundays. Feel free to pick one up during the week between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm at the resource center. I hope you take advantage of this opportunity to welcome a new neighbor into your community.
Questions regarding the welcome baskets?
Click here to contact Kathryn Pedretti.