Vanessa Lucas, an avid churchgoer, says she’d love for everyone to be as blessed by the Scriptures as she has been. So when a friend missed a half-dozen services, she decided to investigate.
The last time the woman had been to church, Lucas learned, an usher had handed her a program so rudely she decided not to return.
“She had one unfriendly experience at the door, and look how it changed everything,” Lucas says.
If Lucas, 61, has a divine purpose these days, it’s to keep such things from happening again. She’s one of about 400 people in Maryland and 15,000 in the nation who have been trained and certified by the National United Church Ushers Association of America, a historically black education and service group that has preserved and passed along a “universal method” of church ushering for 96 years.