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Presbyterians Today looking for ‘unsung servants’

September 1 is deadline for upcoming feature

August 12, 2010

LOUISVILLE

Every church has them — dedicated members or staff who don’t seek praise or recognition, but whose work is essential to the life of the congregation.

Presbyterians Today is planning a special feature on those “unsung servants” who enrich the lives of their congregations in ways that are usually not recognized.

Deadline for submissions is September 1, 2010.

According to Editor Eva Stimson an “unsung servant” may be:

  • The secretary who knows everyone’s phone number and can print bulletins for Sunday worship while designing the monthly newsletter;
  • The custodian who makes sure the sanctuary carpets are vacuumed and the tables are set up for the Wednesday potluck dinner;
  • The church school teacher who has read Bible stories to three generations of children and remembers all their names;
  • The organist who practices for hours to play each Sunday’s musical selections without missing a note;
  • The member with a green thumb, who grows and arranges the flowers for worship.

“Tell us about one of the ‘unsung servants’ in your congregation,” Stimson says. “Please send a description of 150 words or less, and we will publish as many of the essays we receive as space allows.”

Submissions should include:

• The full name of your unsung servant and his/her role in the church;

  • How this person’s faithful service has made a difference;
  • The name and address (city and state) of your congregation;
  • Your name, telephone number and email address;
  • Send photos. High resolution (1.0 MB or larger) digital photos preferred.

Email submissions to today@pcusa.org or mail them to Unsung Servants, Presbyterians Today, 100 Witherspoon St., Louisville, KY 40202-1396.

Deadline is Sept. 1.

  1. Unsung servants should be "unpaid" servants. Sure it is easy to see what the Secretary does or the Custodian does because it is HIS/HER job; their job description includes those things and they should be good at what they do as they were hired and are employed to accomplish those particular tasks. Those truly in need of being showered with praise are those who work tirelessly for this church and have never been paid for it; don't HAVE to; and do it strictly for the service of the Lord. These would be those who clean the kitchen; polish the sanctuary; work as Librarian; serve on Stewardship and Finance, Session, Deacons, House and Grounds..... I personally feel those "praised" should be unpaid servants who work behind the scenes OR are always there when needed and can be depended upon - the ladies who serve at Funerals - those that most people don't even know about....and never wonder "who in the world does all that"? Just a thought...

    by Karen Huber

    August 17, 2010

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