October is Pastor Appreciation Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 29, 2022

Greetings to you all,

As the weather begins to be kinder in temperatures, all of our spirits seem to be lighter, and during this season of celebration and thanksgiving, I would like to remind you all that October is the month for clergy appreciation. Originally known as Pastor Appreciation Month, it has since been broadened to include all​ clergy who serve our congregations, whether the “pastor” or in other supporting roles. Some congregations use this as a time to celebrate and appreciate all of their leaders and staff.​

The call to honor our church leaders’ contributions goes back to the time of Apostle Paul. As founder of many of the first Christian churches, Paul enjoined the congregation to give ‘double honor’ to the elders who managed the affairs of the church. He was especially concerned about honoring “those whose work is preaching and teaching.” Paul the apostle also entreated Christian communities to acknowledge those “who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord, and who admonish you.” He believed that holding these spiritual leaders “in the highest regard in love because of their work” is crucial to Christian beliefs.

While I know all of you make your clergy leaders feel special every week, we want to encourage you to take some special time during this month to let them know how much you love and appreciate all they do.​ Below are a few suggestions of ways to show the love.​ ​

ENCOURAGE YOUR CLERGY

  1. Write your clergy a simple note of thanks for their work and their ministry.
  2. Pray for your clergy and his/her family.
  3. Offer to take your clergy out for coffee or lunch.
  4. Have children of the church make cards for your clergy.​
  5. Send your clergy an email with an encouragement for the week.
  6. Offer to pray for your clergy IN worship on Sunday morning.
  7. Have different members offer a word of appreciation during worship each Sunday of the month.
  8. Get together with other families in the church to treat your clergy and their family to a gift card for a meal out or a treat!
  9. Offer to babysit for a night out or pet-sit for some time away.
  10. Bring your clergy something homemade and delicious to enjoy.
  11. Remind and gently encourage your clergy to make time for self-care and rest!
  12. Encourage your clergy to attend a retreat this year to renew and reset!

​ SUPPORT YOUR CLERGY IN MINISTRY

  1. Offer to take Communion to a homebound member, or call and check in with them.
  2. Help with a usual task, like tidying the sanctuary.
  3. Publicly support your clergy, and encourage your fellow members to do the same.
  4. Support the ministry of your pastor with your prayers, presence, gifts, service​ and witness.​ Nothing fills a heart with joy like members participating in ministry.
  5. If your pastor is looking for volunteers, step up and get involved.
  6. Schedule an intentional conversation with the pastor and ask for ways your can be involved and support the ministry you both share.

In whatever ways you choose to show your love and appreciation, know that it​ will mean more to your clergy than words could ever express.​

Blessings,

Rev. Trey Harper

E-Note for Tuesday, Sept. 27

E-Note for Tuesday, September 20th

Good morning, and welcome back to summer! I hope you are all well and cool as you read this E-Note!

I remember the little cemetery. It is in rural Iowa. My Grampa showed me his older brother’s grave. Joe had died in 1922, from complications from mustard gas from the Great War Over There. When he died, Joe left my 13-year-old Grampa as the man of the house.

There was no money for a headstone. But my Grampa, a craftsman even at that age, had a DIY solution.

First, he built a box out of wood. This would serve as the form for the planned cement grave marker. Then Grampa got busy carving letters out of wood. When he had the letters for the name, the dates, and a short epitaph, he poured the cement into the form. And then he carefully set the wooden letters into the wet cement.

When the cement dried, the grave marker was complete. Nothing fancy, but serviceable.

Fast forward 60-some-odd years. Grampa and I looked at Joe’s grave. The wooden letters had long since rotted away. But the impressions they made in the cement were still sharp, and clearly legible.

That’s the way it is with our faith.

Long after our bodies are gone, the impressions we are making today on God’s people will still remain.

Good impressions, and bad.

What impressions are we going to make today?

That’s an important question, because the impressions we make are going to far outlive our bodies.

Something to think about.

In Joy,

Tom


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This just in: the Health Department on Carter St. is giving away “hundreds” of COVID tests. Pick them up there during business hours. Thanks to Susan Hickman for this heads-up.


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How great was our Bell Choir last Sunday? Well done, y’all, specifically Camille Barkley!


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Remember that our big Church Wide Meeting to learn about the Disaffiliation Process will be held in the Sanctuary on Monday, October 17, at 6:30. Don’t settle for speculation and “what-if”. Let’s come and get the facts about what we’re talking about! Our nursery will be provided.


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This week, our Wednesday Night GAP Adult Bible Study will focus on the Call of Abram, Genesis 12:1-9. Do you think YOU could answer a vague call from God like that? Bring your Bible to the Gym at 6:00, and let’s get into it!

BTW, who have YOU invited to JOIN US at Wednesday Night GAP?


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Well, Friends, that’s about it for now. Have a great day, stay hydrated, and remember,

“He who governed the world before I was born shall take care of it likewise when I am dead. My part is to improve the present moment.”-John Wesley