October has been designated as Pastor’s (Minister’s) Appreciation Month. I don’t share this so Michael and I receive recognition but as a way of “flipping” the meaning of it. In the following lines, I want to share what I appreciate about the Fairlane family.
• I appreciate working with Michael, Lou and Claudia. We get along well together and not every church office staff can say that. We make a good team and I appreciate this.
• I appreciate the elders at Fairlane. These men have a difficult and challenging responsibility. It demands their energy and time and often comes with little to no recognition. They love and serve this church family very well and I appreciate their leadership and dedication.
• I appreciate the “senior saints” at Fairlane. With God’s grace and strength, they have built this church family over the decades. They continue to serve faithfully and remain devoted to our church family. They often come and participate even when their health is struggling, and they don’t feel their best. They want to be with us, and they want to worship and learn more about God. I appreciate their dedication.
• I appreciate the deacons at Fairlane. These men also faithfully serve our church family. They spend many hours leading, developing and working in their ministries. They work to make things run smoothly at Fairlane. They sacrifice their time and energy to bless our church family. I’m thankful for their work and ministry among us.
• I appreciate the young families at Fairlane. It’s not easy to get children up and ready on a Sunday morning or get them back out on Sunday evening for life group or Wednesday evening for Bible study. Yet, they remain committed to leading their children closer to God and for them to embrace God’s story for their lives. I appreciate their dedication to their children and our church.
• I appreciate our teens at Fairlane. Our teens live in a challenging culture. They face pressures from their peers and from the influence of social media. They live in a culture that continually challenges their faith and wants to lead them away. Yet, they continue to seek God and build relationships with each other. I’m thankful for their young faith and for their desire to make a difference in their generation.
• I appreciate our children at Fairlane. Their joy and enthusiasm for God and for life is inspiring. We can learn about joy and excitement by watching our kids and trying to see life through their eyes. They haven’t become cynical or jaded and still embrace the world with wonder and enthusiasm. I’m thankful for the joy and excitement they give to our church family.
There is much to appreciate about Fairlane. We are a blessed church family and God has been so good to us. I hope we all appreciate this church family and what God is doing among us. The best is yet to come!