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.