As a Deacon of the Month, we are responsible for a few things including an article for the church newsletter. Most of us struggle finding meaningful thoughts to write to you. (yes, it’s true).
As this month’s DOM, I would like to share a few thoughts about church membership. We have wonderful members of our congregation and some equally wonderful “friends’ of the church as well. According to the current by-laws (our rule of law as it stands) members are expected, to the best of their ability, to attend regular services of worship, to contribute financially to the support of the church and its benevolences, to participate in its life and work, and to manifest their faith in their daily living.
Interesting, huh? Open for interpretation for sure. I am going to break it down and ad lib a bit….just for grins and giggles.
† Attend regular worship – this is a no-brainer. “Congregants” (a term I will loosely use) congregate…..what more can I say about this. This is a commitment that one would expect as any family member . . . .show up. Of course, there are many reasons why one couldn’t attend regularly and is a perfectly acceptable excuse. This is our church family.
† Contribute financially to the support of the church- true. Do what you can to contribute to your church family. If it can’t be financial, time is a commodity that is not always counted as such. Spend some time, if you can…
† Participating in its life and work. (see above) So many projects to participate in. Find one that suits you and go with it.
† Manifest faith in daily living – one could interpret this in many ways. I find myself talking a lot about the Brown church to anyone who will listen to me. I let them know about Dinner Bell, the food pantry, our choir and of course, our Sunday services. I invite people to join us, to come hear John put the scripture into reality on a weekly basis. I pray. I pray in the car, in the grocery aisle, at work.
Our “friends’ of the church, according to the current By-Laws, are members who haven’t responded to communications from the church in two consecutive years and, by vote of the Board of Deacons, are placed on the friends list ( essentially inactive) until they ask to be reinstated.
We have MANY friends of our church who are not members, active or inactive. We are blessed to have them participating in our life and work of the church. We currently have about 100 members. We likely have at least that many ‘friends”.
Active member or not, we are a community of faith. Period. No more to add here….
Our By-Laws are dated . . . . and are being reviewed. One can only imagine how difficult writing rules for membership of a church can be during this century. It is a moving target in my mind.
As an active member and Deacon, I am incredibly blessed by this church family. I encourage you all to participate in the church life and work. We have much to do. Don’t be shy, don’t wait for an invitation. It is OPEN to you. Ask someone to join you for a Sunday service and fellowship.
I hope these thoughts might be meaningful to you today,
CVCC Deacon of the Month
CVCC Diaconate: Louise Saxby Dawn Vitters Judy Workman Suzanne Rancourt Mitzi Fitch Buel “Star” Almquist-Lee Nancy Divine Holly Necochea