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I love Foundry!

Sarah Stiles

It was practically love at first sight. I’ve been a member since 1999.

When I tell people about Foundry I always emphasize, “Foundry walks the talk!” The people of Foundry are drawn together to plan and act to effect positive social change and live the life Jesus commanded: Love one another.

I know that “where 2 or 3 (or more) gather in His name, there He is also.”

I can feel it.

When I reflect on these 17 years at Foundry, I give thanks for the people and the opportunities to experience God’s love.

I prepare the Communion elements, and I think of Rosa Vega

I did overnights at Luther Place Shelter for Women, and I think of Brenda Edwards

I am a member of the Foundry Can End Homelessness group, and I think of Joanne Garlow

I’ve been all over the city meeting other people of faith with Washington Interfaith Network and I think of Monte Hillis and Kate Coventry

I attend the Women’s retreat, and I think of Nancy Groth

I taught Sunday School, and I think of Jack Davis

I was a confirmation mentor, and I think of Bob Blasdel

I participate in the Great Day of Service, and I think of Pastor Ben

I’m a member of a small group, and I think of Amelia, Lili, Nancy, Joanne, Carlye

I’ve found mentors in amazing women, I think of Barbara Cambridge, Joanne Steller, Peg Simpson

I joined a Christ Care group, and I think of Norma and Noreen

I remember the old Church Council, and I think of Chuck Hilty

And Jubalate, I think of the collective joy of praising God

All of these activities bring people together in the name of Jesus. The accumulated love has sustained me and given me hope.

When I am disappointed in myself – or others, I am reminded of the verse in Hebrews that says we are among a “great cloud of witnesses,” so

“Let’s throw off everything that hinders -- and the sin that so easily entangles. And let’s run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus – who promises us joy.”


Based on my 17 years of Foundry experiences, I believe I can say that, although I don’t know most of you in the sanctuary…,

I love you.

And I believe you love me, too.

Faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Thank you, Foundry.



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