It pays to live in the same house for 18 years.
Dr. Andy and Joi Scott have reaped the benefit of having good neighbors in Sellersburg, Indiana.
“We have talked several times, ‘Maybe we should move out of this neighborhood,’” said Andy Scott, 46, a podiatrist. “I’ve always said, ‘We could buy a better house, but we couldn’t buy better neighbors.’ We’ve really appreciated those relationships and put an importance in those over some of the material things we could have had.”
The neighbors share each other’s spare keys and watch homes while on vacation. They even meet kids at the bus stop if a parent is running late.
And the day before Easter, they had a church service together.
“What’s interesting is in those 18 years, we’ve never played music together,” added Scott, a member of Southeast Christian Church’s Indiana Campus. “It took a pandemic and a little bit of boredom that brought this together. We’ve always talked openly about our Christian walk and church experiences, but this is the first time we’ve sat down and done music in any form. It just so happens we were able to do it for the Lord, which I think is neat.”
Scott received a text from his neighbor Curt a couple weeks before Easter to “jam for a little bit”—Scott on the cajon drum and Curt on the guitar—in their side yards to respect social distancing.
A neighbor on a walk saw them playing music together and texted Scott about doing a worship service the Saturday before Easter.
“So, her husband put together a little devotional on the promises of God and the salvation of Christ, and we had a little impromptu service planned,” Scott said.
Scott and Curt played songs such as “Up from the Grave He Arose,” “Because He Lives,” “It Is Well with My Soul,” “Our God,” “Whom Shall I Fear” and “Forever Reign.”
A small but mighty group gathered to worship God.
“It isn’t the Easter we all planned months ago, but in its simplicity, it was a special time,” Scott said. “Us being able to celebrate outside and do it free, even though we weren’t in a big church building with a congregation around us, it was still special for everyone. We didn’t know how many were going to come, and I kind of joked as people were gathering. I looked over to Curt and said, ‘Well, where two or three are gathered,’ and we chuckled. The numbers don’t matter. God was glorified, and we were able to celebrate Easter.”
Scott, who serves on the Indiana Campus worship team, has played drums since seventh grade. His dad was a music teacher.
“I grew up playing drums in church in Anderson, Indiana,” Scott added. “As a high school kid, I got to be a part of all these really cool musicals, orchestral stuff and got to read studio charts. My dad told me I had to play piano prior to drums. I took one year of lessons. I quit right at the year mark. I wish I had taken longer, but it was a good foundation for me.”