How in the world can a church running less than 200 put on an event that saw over 1300 people attend? That answer is easy. Everyone did their part and did it well. That is exactly what happened last Saturday as we had our 3rd annual Pumpkin Patch. Over 85 adult volunteers used their gifts and skills to put together a first-class outreach event. From the young to the old, everyone found a place and performed their role beautifully. We had dozens who showed up early to get everything set up like putting up tents and moving hay. A group of volunteers cooked 1500 hotdogs and put them together so they could be passed out easily. We had friendly greeters at the registration table and patient souls helping with crafts and games. Hot popcorn was served for three hours and the youth kept the inflatables running smooth. Those who attended left after having a great time and feeling the love of Christ. It takes all of us to pull off an event like this and I am proud to say we did it well.
The Pumpkin Patch is a great example of what it means to be part of the Body of Christ. For us to be a church that functions as God intended we must all use our spiritual gifts and natural abilities to build the church up in love. We need everyone to find their role within the church. We need teachers to teach. We need encouragers to encourage. We need organizers to organize. If one person in the church is not using their gifts, there is a hole that someone without the gift is trying to fill without the joy that is received by those who have the gift. Paul tells us, “Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” (Ephesians 4:15-16)
Thank you for doing your part! It takes us all!