Monday, December 6, 2010

Giving Thanks...from Guest Blogger, Bro. Jeff Summers

We (that is me…and I know I speak for parents - and for children who can’t say “thank you” now, but will in years to come!) ought always to give thanks (I know I don’t say “thank you” enough) to God for you, brothers (and sisters - who serve in AWANA, KidCare Nursery, children’s Sunday BFG’s , Kids’ Worship, Mothers’ Day Out, VBS, or in the Hopper. Every good and perfect gift is from above, and you are definitely right where God wants you to be. I thank God for you. You give Him the glory when you serve children and their families.), as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly (The reason we serve is because of God’s grace and mercy for us. He is the one who has placed the desire in you to serve as you wipe noses in nursery; helping a child memorize a verse in AWANA; encouraging the red team to cheer for their teammate as they run around the AWANA circle; as you spend hours during the week preparing to teach the Word of God; as you spend time in prayer for the children you lead; as you depend on God to empower you; faithfully serving even when you don’t see many results; serving with excellence showing that you believe that you serve a God who is sovereign, all-powerful, true and truth, pure, and righteous, sacrificing, faithful, giving, and seeking to save the lost) , and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing (because you serve faithfully in nursery so that parents can worship without distraction, when you contact your students and parents to let them know you are praying for them, or miss them, when you work as a team focused on ministering to others’ needs, rather than your own, when you demonstrate patience with children, parents, and other church members; and your commitment) . ~ 2 Thessalonians 1:3

I thank God for YOU! This kingdom work is too big for one person to accomplish. It takes a team of people who love our Lord, and express that love by serving people whole-heartedly. You are invaluable! I love and appreciate you, my Trinity brothers and sisters in Christ!