It is a good thing that we live in the volunteer state, because this church is filled with people who are not afraid to step up, and share in the gifts that God has blessed them with. In my almost four years that I have been shepherding the fine folks here I have been completely blown away. They, time after time continue to rise up and tend to the needs of the church, community, campus, and lives of the people surrounding us.
I could spend all day writing and still not even begin to thank everyone who has given of their time to help make this church, God’s church into all that it is. Last month for example, we were blessed with a financial gift that allowed us to put televisions in the sanctuary, making worship easier for guest and members alike. After a couple of phone calls I rallied up a good 6-8 people that showed up, sparing their time, and worked all day to get the wires pulled, the televisions hung and the system up and running. God is good and has placed these individuals here, and for that I am thankful.
We have a blessed group of ladies here that work endlessly, helping to make our time here more enjoyable. From cleaning the church, making sure that everything is presentable for worship, to preparation of food, snacks and coffee for Bible study on Sunday. For example, a couple of weeks back, attendance was low and we cancelled a service because of snow and ice. One of the families here recently had a child, and their family was stuck in town visiting. With only three days notice, the fellowship committee got together and planned a reception for the family and the congregation as a whole.
Again I could go on and add to this list of people who have stepped up, giving of themselves to share the grace and love of God with church and the community. I could not say enough about the volunteers who have sacrificed their time, for the glory of God and the building of His church. What a blessing it is to have faithful believers who give of themselves time and time again, praise God from whom a blessings flow.
Pastor Bill Ondracka
Christus Victor Lutheran Church — Knoxville, TN