In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.” Acts 6:1-4
What are your gifts that you regularly use at church? Are you one who can bag lunches, assist with the soup kitchen, knit a prayer shawl, lead a Bible study, sing in the choir, stuff candy into Easter Eggs, facilitate a Sunday School class, lead crafts at VBS, help spread mulch around the church, and/or prepare the Tower Chimes for mailing? What are your gifts and are you using them to the best of your ability?
The beauty of the church is that it takes everyone working together to make the actual running of the church possible. We need folks to assist in every single aspect of “church life” in order for our church to grow, thrive, and to spread God’s word around Polk County and beyond. Dr. Negley, Dr. Harvey, and Dr. Larson can’t carry the church on their shoulders; they need members and friends of the congregation to help fill in the gaps. We need the program and support staff to make sure all of the programs are running and information is provided to the congregation. It’s amazing how many people it takes to bring everything together at First Presbyterian. We need each and every one of you!
We just spread mulch on the children’s playground the other night. Thanks to several hard working church members and friends, what could have taken several hours, took around 2 hours to complete. The saying is true – many hands make light work. This week prayerfully consider where God may be calling you to serve at First Presbyterian Church.
Father God, we give You thanks and praise for the many volunteers and staff who make our programs, events, and ministries possible at First Presbyterian Church. We all have gifts that You have blessed us with. Help us to use these gifts for Your glory. Amen.