Tuesday, October 17, 2017

We Thank You

The purpose of our congregational appreciation night, beyond great chili and ice cream, is to show appreciation for our congregation. We had our annual dinner Sunday night.

Sometimes in leadership we get in a habit of constantly asking. We ask for more funds, we ask for more volunteers, we ask for help with youth programs, to bring in candy for Trunk or Treat, to invite your friends and family. But the evening we met was not about asking anything of our congregation, but to thank them. The following is the short list of thanks that we offer to the congregation of Berean.

Thank you for your generosity. The Apostle Paul often thanked the churches that supported him and we need to thank you: Paul said, “Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account. I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God” (Philippians 4:17-18). We thank you for your generosity. You have always met every need.

Thank you for serving. This is one “thank you” that gets lost in the “we need more volunteers” pleas. What you do is important and makes an eternal difference. From greeters to the guys in the sound booth, Berean Connect teachers to nursery, BASH to Kingdom Kids, coffee brewers on Sunday morning and communion preparers to 39 & Holding organizers, singers and musician, lawn mowing to outreach and to those that volunteered for janitorial duty. We thank you all for serving and we could not have church without you. As it says in Peter “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”  1 Peter 4:10 Thanks for using your gifts to serve.

Thank you for tolerating our teaching and preaching. As leaders we all wish we could take back things said or change the tone, improve what we say and how we say it. But regardless you have tolerated us and encouraged us all. We are not perfect so we thank you for the grace you have given us.

Thank you for sticking with the church through thick and thin. The easy thing to do is walk away. Your feathers get ruffled and it is easy to move down the road to the new church or just stop coming altogether. Because you have chosen to stay, serve, give, and support through the valleys, we need to say, thank you. The tough times have made us stronger together. You are our teammates and our brothers and sisters. It is an honor to be on your team.

Thank you for inviting your friends and family. The church grows primarily by word of mouth. Changed people are contagious. When you tell your family and friends how Jesus changed you, the Gospel goes out. We love hearing on Sunday morning, “I started coming to this church when my friend invited me.” We thank you for inviting people and spreading God’s Word.

Thank you for being an encouragement to us and each other. When we get down or discouraged you pick us up with a kind word or hug. You are our family and you are there for us and you are there for each other. 

Thank you for allowing us to be us. You have several personalities in the leadership of Berean and we all function best when we are allowed to be us. That means the rough edges, the things that rub you the wrong way. We try our best to be genuine and you accept us as we are. Thank you for the understanding.

Overall these thanks only touch the surface. You will never know how much you mean to us! You are appreciated! 

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