Don’t run, enlist!

A few weeks back our Mission Friends, a once a month part of our Sunday morning Preschool extended care, asked Brenda and I to come over to Preschool after our morning worship service. When we did, that presented us with a card and a basket of goodies to thank us for our work. It seems their mission story for the morning was about another “Pastor Bob” in a mission location. They related the lesson to their Pastor. The card was “signed” by Jackson, Luke, Claire, Olivia, Carson, and their teachers, Miss Amy and Miss Nadine. The little ones took great delight in presenting the goodies. We found even greater delight in accepting them! (Thank you, Mission Friends; you ARE our friends!)

As we celebrate Labor Day this next weekend, it is a reminder of the work that must be done to see His church function effectively and efficiently in this local setting. Let me assure you, Brenda and I realize that is not “our” work, but that of a great group of paid staff and volunteers who make the CPTC family what it is. While I don’t have a basket of goodies for everyone, I do want to say, “Thank you!”

The apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 12, verse 27: “Now all of you together are Christ’s body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it.” Indeed, we need all the parts functioning in order for the church to function at its best.

I recall the little story as related to Reader’s Digest by Christina Kosatka. Christina was at the military base theater while stationed in Hawaii, watching the movie Forrest Gump. The audience remained relatively quiet until the scene where Forrest graduates from college and is met by an Army recruiter. At that point, someone in the crowd shouted, “Run, Forrest, run!” (Reader’s Digest, November, 2010, p.66)

Don’t run, enlist! We need all the workers God has placed here in order to be our best for Him. Volunteer!

Just sign right here,

Pastor Bob

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