Honoring Those Who Serve
BURLESON, TEX. – In an effort to show appreciation to the service of the military personnel, peace officers and firefighters in our communities, the Southwestern Union held its first National Service Organization Day on Sabbath, Nov. 9, at the Mansfield Seventh-day Adventist Church in Mansfield, Tex. “Holding this special day was a way to recognize and honor those in our communities who sacrifice of themselves to serve others,” said Helvis C. Moody, Southwestern Union youth and young adult/prayer ministries director, who coordinated the ministry opportunity. A special effort was made to invite local community servants.
Themed, “In Honor of Their Service” the day began with Sabbath School and worship services with a focus on service and recognition of those who serve. Special guests included William Cork, assistant director of Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries for the North American Division and a chaplain in the Army Reserve and many others.
In the afternoon, several seminars were presented to provide encouragement and educational information, with topics including being informed prior to signing up for military service; how to keep happy, healthy marriages when a spouse is deployed; best practices for interactions with peace officers and how to stay positive, encouraged and excited about the future. Following the seminars, guests enjoyed refreshments and making new friends.
“I encourage all of our churches to hold ministry opportunities such as these to share our appreciation and brotherly love for our community servants,” said Moody.