“I would love to serve my church – but I’m just too busy.”
Who hasn’t said — or felt — that way? It’s easy to look at all the many opportunities to serve at FUMC and feel a little bit overwhelmed. There are so many worthwhile and meaningful ways to give your time — ongoing opportunities at First Street Methodist Mission, as a teacher for Children’s Academy classes, or as a Neighbor 2 Neighbor volunteer — or in any one of the singular events such as Stop Hunger now or Thanksgiving Baskets. Serving people, from helping with small household repairs to teaching a child about Jesus to helping feed people who are hungry is more than just part of our tag line. And we all know that the life most often transformed by serving others is our own.
But how? When? In a busy schedule already overflowing with commitments and responsibilities, where can we fit in this important work?
The good news is that there are opportunities every week — things that are just part of our regular Sunday routines that can serve our church in very important ways.
What I’m talking about here is the need for friendly, welcoming faces on duty each Sunday morning in our Welcome Center, parking lots and at each entrance to the church to help welcome everyone and answer any questions our visitors may have. Romans 15:7 says “Welcome one another, just as Christ has welcomed you, to the glory of God.”
Christian hospitality means that we, as a congregation, embrace all those who enter our church so that they may find a spiritual home at FUMCFW. So if you’re feeling that tug toward serving our church, but running short on free time, what about combining your commitment to service with your regular Sunday morning worship time? If you have questions or would like to give this 20-minute service opportunity a try on any weekend you choose, please let me know! You can email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call me anytime, 817/339-2403. I’d be delighted to tell you more!