We will soon dedicate the newly remodeled Lucille Larson Youth Education Center, or the “Upper Room,” as we are starting to call it. The upper room is described in Acts 1:12-14 as a place where Jesus gathered his disciples (men and women) for rest, renewal and prayer. Meals were also shared in this upper room (Mark 14:15 and Luke 22:12).
This is our vision for our own Rainbow Upper Room: a place for youth to gather, play, rest, share food, and learn about Jesus.
This week I tried to imagine young Lucille Larson, born in 1925. Did Lucille spend time in this space learning about Jesus from her Methodist teachers and parents? If so, I wonder which stories and experiences inspired her to become who she was, someone who cared deeply for the nurture of young lives?
We will have a chance to learn more about Lucille Larson and her family this coming Sunday as we seek to be good stewards of her sense of mission. The plan is this:
Towards the end of worship we will join in a litany of dedication. Then people will have an opportunity to go upstairs to see the rooms. A slideshow of the project will be available in Fellowship Hall for those who don’t make it upstairs. At noon we will gather in Fellowship Hall for some storytelling and a potluck meal. We expect to have a large group of Larson family members joining us, so please bring plenty of food to share!
Look for the framed tribute on Sunday!