Good Folks, it is Friday, June 8, 2018. There are only six months and 16 shopping days until Christmas. But who is counting?
Central Elementary School hosted a “Thank You Volunteer” party and our church was invited. Many of you know that we have had an intentional, creative and exciting partnership with the school for the last three years. We recruit from the church folk to read to the kids or help the teacher with certain classroom needs. We have purchased important equipment that helps the teachers do what gives them passion—teaching. Ms. Smith (Principal), Ms. Parker (Assistant Principal) and Ms. Hill (Counselor) are so appreciative of our efforts to help theirs. But it takes volunteers. The following bookmark, with this poem, was given to all. Enjoy and share with others.
Versatile in the ways you come through;
Outstanding in the things you do;
Loyal and always full of good cheer;
Upstanding in your service all year;
Nonstop in the difference you make;
Tireless in the projects you take;
Enthusiastic to reach every goal;
Exceptional in how you fill your role;
Reliable and treasured wherever you are;
Selfless and giving – like a shining star!
Way before I arrived and way after I am gone, volunteers have made things happen in the church. Some might want to credit paid staff. In part, yes; however, the wheels of ministry happen because folks, unpaid and often un-thanked, want to do it. They want to be part of what God is doing in and through the church. And I thank God for them. And so should you.
Someone said, “A teacher influences the future.” Yes.
I say, “A volunteer helps make today happen, so that we can have hope of a good future.”
Pray about how you can begin to volunteer in the church, community or around your home.
Blessings from Duncanville,
Pastor Frank (firstname.lastname@example.org)