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  The Value of One MemberTuesday, November 28th, 2023  
by Rev. Joe Hoover

Ten little members standing in a line.
One disliked the minister, then there were nine.

Nine ambitious members offered to work late.
One forgot her promise, then there were eight.

Eight creative members had ideas good as heaven.
One lost enthusiasm, then there were seven.

Seven loyal members got into a fix.
They quarreled over projects, then there were six.

Six members remained with spirit and drive.
One moved away, then there were five.

Five steadfast members wished there were more.
One became indifferent, then there were four.

Four cheerful members who never disagree,
Til one complained of meetings, then there were three.

Three eager members! What did they do?
One got discouraged, then there were two.

Two lonely members, our rhyme is nearly done.
One joined a sports team, then there was only one.

One faithful member was feeling rather blue,
met with a neighbor, and then there were two.

Two earnest members each enrolled one more,
doubling their number, then there were four.

Four determined members, just couldn't wait,
Til each one won another, then there were eight.

Eight excited members signed up eight more.
In another six verses, there'll be a thousand twenty-four.

Covenant Congregational Church, Waltham, Maine

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