The Library. Vacation Bible School. FUMCFW Flower Ministry. What do these things have in common? The answer is simple: each of these vital FUMCFW endeavors couldn’t exist without volunteers.
When we needed information about the history of our Music Ministries for the organ brochure last year, the “Library Ladies” were there with everything we needed to produce an accurate and fascinating retrospective. When Vacation Bible School (VBS) topped its own record once again, bringing more than 548 local children into our church to learn about and experience God’s love in action this summer, an amazing army of 120 adult and 84 youth volunteers made it happen with grace and commitment that, if you didn’t know better, looked easy! And, each week members of our congregation who are hospitalized, homebound, or in nursing homes receive beautiful flower arrangements lovingly arranged and delivered by our Flower Ministry — a group of volunteers dedicated to making sure these church members know their church is thinking of them.
If you’ve never ventured into the Library or Archives at our church, I urge you to do so. The Library is now located on the first floor just across from Wesley Hall, and the Archives are now located on the second floor next to Room 222. Officially established in early 2006 by a dedicated group of church members who wanted to ensure the church’s rich history was preserved, our FUMCFW Archives are supported and maintained by volunteers who work tirelessly to document the items already in the church’s possession — and for items and collections that will come to us in the future. Our Library volunteers arrive at church early on Sunday mornings to ensure that adult Sunday School classes have the audio or video equipment they need for adult Sunday School classes and presentations.
From mapping out the logistics of using every square foot of our church for VBS, to planning and orchestrating an entire week of daily details from parking to pickup; from taking each Sunday’s altar flowers up to our third floor flower room and breaking these arrangements down and rearranging them into many smaller vases for delivery; to curating, documenting, and caring for all kinds of pieces of FUMCFW history that might otherwise slip away as time goes by, our church is blessed with the dedication of volunteers giving their time and talents in sometimes unique ways.
If you’d like to give a little bit of your time and talent to help out in a specific ministry of interest — or if you’d like to be assigned to areas most in need of an extra pair of hands, please let me know and I’ll help you find your place in our amazing volunteer ministries. Contact me anytime to learn more at (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 817/339-2403.