Thank You For Serving! (By Dan Adams)

Faithful servants of PHBC – you never cease to amaze me. This week of Kids Summer Shake-Up takes a small army of volunteers, and you’ve shown up big time, in so many ways. Just today I witnessed:

  • Adult and youth group leaders patiently watching over their handful of students.
  • Volunteers carefully counting out snacks and drinks for each child and worker.
  • Our facilities team making sure everything is in place so that ministry could happen without distraction.
  • Actors and singers creatively teaching Bible truths.
  • Parents filling their minivans, bringing the neighborhood kids.
  • First aid workers making sure everyone stays healthy and safe.
  • Department heads organizing supplies while encouraging and resourcing their leaders.
  • Activity directors using a variety of stations to reinforce the biblical truths of the day.
  • Office staff members making sure volunteers have all of the supplies they need, keeping the operations running smoothly.
  • Parking lot attendants greeting and dismissing each family with a friendly and kind word.
That’s just what I witnessed today, and doesn’t account for the many others who have served over the past few months leading up to Summer Shake-Up who have: prayed, cut out countless nametags and craft supplies, organized registration, helped promote the ministry to the community, and brought in piles of snacks. The list could go on and on. There’s a place for everyone to serve.
I know you don’t serve for thanks or recognition – you serve out of a love for Jesus. But I want you to know your faithful service is recognized and greatly appreciated. You are making a difference for the Kingdom.
I have to imagine it was a season of ministry like this that prompted Paul to write these words…
We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 1:2-3)

What I’m trying to say is simply this: Thank you for serving!