Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common. 1 Cor 12:4-7
I imagine you have all seen the signs around town and in your neighborhoods, “Now Hiring,” “No experience needed,” “start your new career today.” It seems as if there is more work than workers. Well, we have the same challenge here in YOUR church.
We have received the challenge of returning to dining-in for Mission 5000 on Wednesday evenings. We have served food during the last two years but only to-go meals because of Covid health concerns. In studying the logistics of going back to dining in, the biggest factor is people. The greeters, servers, dishwashers, cooks, and the other multitude of jobs needed.
Mission 5000 has only missed three meal days in the last 30 months and that was due to weather, not Covid. We have been blessed to be able to provide meals every Wednesday and Saturday with only a handful of volunteers. Now we need everyone to discern their spiritual gifts, to step forward out of your comfort zone and discover what else you can do for YOUR church and community.
We are an equal opportunity Ministry! If you can only give a few hours or one day a month, we can still use you. Volunteering does not have to take over your life to be beneficial. In fact, research shows that just two to three hours per week, or about 100 hours a year, can confer the most benefits—to both you and your chosen cause. The important thing is to volunteer only the amount of time that feels comfortable to you. Volunteering should feel like a fun and rewarding hobby, not another chore on your to-do list.
One of the more well-known benefits of volunteering is the impact on the community. Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place. Even helping out with the smallest tasks can make a real difference to the lives of people in need. And volunteering is a two-way street: It can benefit you and your family as much as the cause you choose to help.
So, my friends, we have a challenge before us. To return to providing meals in a Christian environment, whereby we share with our community grace and love. Yes, we are hiring, no experience is needed, and the benefits are substantial for YOU and YOUR community. Will you step out and accept this challenge with Mission 5000, and your church? I promise, you will be greatly rewarded.
Mission 5000 Coordinator