A week ago, hundreds of folks gathered at a park close to our church. We shared an afternoon of food, beanbag toss, horseshoes, football, redneck golf, volleyball, stories, great weather, laughter, and smiles. There were a lot of things that made us different: our sizes, ethnicity, background, places of residence, likes/dislikes, languages spoken, etc. There was one central reason that we were together though:
Everyone at the picnic was there because they serve as a volunteer somewhere at Community Christian Church. What an incredible gathering of servant-hearted folks. Thank you all for your love and compassion for others. Thank you for considering others before yourself. Thank you for sharing the same attitude of Christ, who came not to be served but to serve. You all are the heartbeat of Community (except for Jesus, of course). Without you, programming could not happen like it does. Your sacrificial attitude helps others see Christ week in and week out.
To quote the apostle Paul, "I thank my God every time I remember you." (Philippians 1:4)
I love serving the Kingdom with you all every week. Never stop. Stay strong.