Pastor’s April Article

It used to be when a movie ended and the credits started I would turn it off or pack up to leave the theater.   However, thanks in large part to the Marvel super-hero movies, post-credit scenes have become more and more common.  It is not unheard of for a movie to have multiple post credit scenes.  This means in recent years I have been sitting through more and more credits to make sure I do not miss anything.   I do not know if you have ever sat through the entire credits sequence of a movie but there are a lot of credits.

One of the things that strikes me about the credits is how little credit we actually give to the people who made the movie possible.  For instance, any movie you watch will have buried somewhere in the middle of the credits a key grip and a list of grips.   Grips are the people who handle the setting up, rigging, and securing of all the lights and wires on set.   They do not get any screen time, but the movie could never be made without their work.   Movie credits are so long because there are thousands of small jobs that have to all be done in tandem to bring together a work as involved as a motion picture.   A smaller production with a smaller scope and usually smaller audience takes less people.  However, the bigger the production and the bigger the appeal the more people it takes.  The typical big budget Hollywood movie often lists over 2,000 people in the credits.  Avengers Endgame even topped out at close to 4,500.  It takes a lot of people to make a movie.

The church is much the same way.  It is possible for just a handful of people to do the work of making a church work in ministry and mission.  However, like a movie with a small production crew, the church will be limited.  Its ministry and mission will by necessity be smaller in scope.   However, the more people who engage, the more people who help do the work, the more empowered a church is to stretch, grow, and reach more people.   Also, like a movie production no job in the church is unimportant.   Even “small jobs” play a vital role in the work of the church and they are all needed.

With that in mind, we currently have several volunteer roles open in the church that need someone to step in and serve.   As a church it continues to be our vision to share God’s love to change lives and transform communities, so what role will you play in that?  There are a few specific places we need help:

  1. We are in need of someone to schedule scripture readers. This involves contacting people and setting up who will read at both services a few weeks in advance.
  2. We are in need of someone to help with the American Red Cross blood drives that happen periodically. This person would meet the Red Cross workers to let them into the fellowship hall, lock it up when they are done, and help with donor check-in if needed.
  3. We are in need of a couple of more people to be trained and familiar with how to operate the worship audio and video equipment. Right now we do not really have any replacements if the normal volunteers are unavailable.
  4. We are in need of more people to help with the food pantry. This does not necessarily mean every week, but we need a deeper pool of volunteers so that if one person is unavailable there are enough people to efficiently serve the people in need.

Please prayerfully consider if any of those roles are the right fit for you.

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