Last February, Southeast Christian Church ordered 15,000 white roses for Mother’s Day. The plan was to give one rose to every mom attending weekend worship services May 9-10.
COVID-19 derailed that plan.
But the roses had been purchased at a discount, and the order could not be canceled. Church leaders decided to divide the roses among Southeast campuses and encouraged them to use them how they saw fit in their communities.
Here is some of what happened on Mother’s Day weekend.
>Volunteers at the Blankenbaker Campus took 4,000 roses to senior living facilities.
>Southeast’s Missions Ministry donated 2,000 roses to mission partners in the community that distributed them to women who often are overlooked.
>The Bullitt County Campus has not yet opened, but Campus Pastor Heath Barth took 150 roses to Colonial House Personal Care Home.
>La Grange Community Pastor Mike Berry distributed 1,100 roses at nursing homes, pharmacies and a drive-in food pantry.
>Cedar Lake Lodge, a nonprofit that cares for men and women with disabilities, received 200 roses.
>Volunteers from the Indiana Campus took 200 roses to Hope Southern Indiana, a nonprofit that helps families and individuals with food, rent assistance and emergency services.
>Shelby County Community Pastor Tyler Minogue took 1,000 roses to Masonic Home Kentucky for senior residents.
>Chapel in the Woods members took roses to Treyton Oak Towers where residents and staff battled COVID-19. Roses were delivered with a personal message: “Southeast wants you to know we love you and that you are in our thoughts and prayers.”