A Word From the Pastor

February 2015


As followers of Jesus we are to serve others and help make the world better. Sometimes we choose to serve through volunteer opportunities and organizations. Other times we serve God in the normal course of our daily routine. It’s the neighbor who needs help clearing the snow; the co-worker who is overwhelmed by a project so you lend a hand; the stranger in the store who needs help putting the groceries in the trunk of the car. It’s those unplanned things that happen that you don’t think are really that much but that can make a real difference for others.

Here’s a great example from one of our members, Tim Sampson. He was just doing his job on a normal day at Gurwin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Tim helps transport patients and as he was working a Rehabilitation Therapist to bring a resident back to his room, the resident had a health crisis. The nurse in charge wrote a letter of commendation for the Tim and the Therapist. Here’s what she sent to the Gurwin Administration:

To whom it may concern:

My name is _________________RN, and I would like to bring attention and say thank you to Scott _______and assistant Timmy. I was working on unit 3N when they brought back a resident who did not feel well and complained of SOB. Scott and Timmy helped me to place resident in bed, helped to get necessary oxygen and called other staff for help, resident Pulse Ox was 77% on R/A. They were my "Right hand" in the event of an emergency. The professionalism, human care and ethics in addition to clock-like team care were beyond imagination. Resident was admitted to the Hospital with Respiratory infection. The action of Rehabilitation therapy workers with nursing and medical teamwork made a difference and saved a human life. Thank You and God bless you!

I imagine for Tim it was all in a day’s work. But it is a wonderful example of how in the routine of our days God can use us to help other people. The Apostle Paul wrote:

Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another is showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.

Romans 12:9-13

May we all find ourselves contributing to the needs of the saints and extending hospitality to strangers in ways planned and unplanned. As disciples of Jesus Christ we seek to be open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit to share the power of the presence of God with everyone we meet. Thanks be to God!


Peace, Lynda