The Conyers Church in Georgia awarded citations of appreciation to six church members and one organization for involvement in local outreach projects on Sabbath, April 29. These six represented hundreds of church members who have been active in community service.
Special recognition was given to our Adventist Community Services ministry for distributing over 375,000 pounds of free food to the community; to the Youth Ministries team for feeding hundreds of residents at an extended-stay hotel each quarter; to the Men’s Ministries group for performing home maintenance on Sundays for widows, seniors, and the disabled; to our Education Department for running a free program that helps approximately 40 individuals prepare to take the GED® test; to a group of deaconesses for cooking hot meals each week for individuals who are elderly or infirm; to the church’s Bags of Love ministry for putting together over 1,800 handmade bags with essentials and toys for children; and to our Women’s Ministries team for raising funds to purchase hundreds of Christmas gifts for needy children in our community.
In addition, the church gave an award to Jon West, vice president of programs for the Atlanta Community Food Bank, in appreciation for partnering with the Conyers Church to serve the area. West remarked that he had never before seen a church so involved in doing good for others.
It was a wonderful day of prayer and thankfulness to God, with many community guests in attendance. Each received gifts as well as a 14-page newsletter that listed our community involvements and invited everyone to join us in serving others. Two individuals requested baptism, and several signed up for Bible studies free Bible studies with their own private instructor.
by Shawn Shives, pastor of the Conyers Church