How we serve in love

Over the course of three weeks, I (Pastor Kara) ventured into each of the 7 congregations and asked the question: “How do you serve in love?”

I got lots of responses (THANK YOU!!!!!!!) that I then recorded. I typed up each and every answer into an excel document, then I sorted them A-Z. I’m including the massive list of the 153 at the bottom of the page (you’re welcome). But also included is the video that I put together that summarizes what I read and heard about. It was fascinating to read all of the answers provided.

I will start off by embedding a video that some of you saw in church as part of my reflections about stewardship.

And now for the gigantic list:

Act as 4-H leaders
Altar guild
Book keeper, scorers, and timers at school
Booster club
Bring food
Bring food to a family in need
Bring items to the food pantry
Bring meals when a member of the community is ill
Build relationships with youth
By reaching out to anyone in need
By visiting the ill, the lonely, those new to community
Care for my family
Care for my patients in the emergency room
Caring for the daily needs of my family and friends
Clean
Cleaning
Coffee fellowship
Committee member
Community café
Concern
Confirmation assistant
Cook
Cook and clean
Create a welcoming, family-oriented city celebration
Deacon
Do mission projects in flooded areas
Do volunteer work for the church
Donate food, money, etc to help others
Donate to worthy causes such as food pantry
Drive elderly to doctor appointments
Encourage people to participate
Faithfulness
Farm
Feed a friend’s pet
Feed animals
Fix and repair neighbors’ equipment
Follow the “golden rule”
Food pantry
Give blood
Give financially
Give monetarily
Give neighbors a ride home when they have flat tires
Give rides to those who can’t drive
Greeter
Help a neighbor in need
Help at funerals with serving
Help children with homework
Help each other
Help friends and neighbors
Help friends and one another when they are ill and need help
Help in church
Help in the church by serving for funerals, showers and other activities
Help lead worship
Help my mother
Help neighbor with yard work
Help out my brothers and sisters
Help out others when they need it
Help out Sunday School
Help people
Help someone who is sick
Help spouse in time of need
Help take care of the earth
Help with church supper
Help with church yardwork
Help with communion
Help with dishes
Helping and sticking up for a friend in a time when they need it
Helping the elderly
Hospitality
I care for people and people care for me
In my job
Keep a set of clean clothes for family to wear
Lawn care
Lay assistant
Listen
Look after children
Look for opportunities to help your neighbor
Love one another
Make church bulletins and inserts
Make meals for new moms, the sick, the grieving
Make quilts to give away
Make wholesome meals for the family
Mow church lawn
Mow park, cemetary and church yard
Not gossip about others
Open a door for someone
Paint a friend’s house
Parenting
Pay for someone’s meal
Pick up garbage in ditches
Play piano for Sunday School
Pray for each other
Pray for one another
Pray for others
Pray for others
Pray when asked to pray for someone and tell them you are praying for them
Prayer
Prepare communion
Provide all powerpoints
Provide part of crop for different functions
Quilt
Rake leaves
Remove snow from neighbors’ yard
School board
Secretary
Serve as EMTs
Serve at funerals
Serve in leadership roles when needed
Serve on church council
Serve on city council or township boards
Serve on community board for the betterment of our communities
Serve senior citizens
Serving in church and circle offices
Serving on WELCA
Share homemade quilts with those in need
Share the word of God in different ways (Stiches & Scripture)
Share your gravel pit
Sing at weddings and funerals
Study the lessons and better serve others
Sunday School
Sunday School teacher
Take care of children
Take food to families who have had a death in the family
Talking with people
Teach children to make good choices and to make the most of their lives
Teach Sunday School
Time and efforts above and beyond my duties
Treasure
Try to be compassionate and caring to others
Use my gift for different functions
Usher
Usher
Visit people in nursing homes
Visit the elderly
Visit the sick and do things for them
Volunteer
Volunteer on ambulance crew
Volunteer to serve on committees
Wave to neighbors
Welcome all
Welcome others
Work with hospice
Work with kids to make better choices
Worship leader

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