DATES TO REMEMBER
October is National Pastor Appreciation Month
The concept of Pastor Appreciation, we believe, started with the apostle Paul as he was establishing the first Christian churches. In 1 Timothy, he wrote, “The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching” (1Timothy 5:17). And, in 1Thessalonians 5:12-13, he said, “Respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work.”
The goal is that every pastor (including staff ministries) would feel appreciated by those they serve. We can counter the negative erosion in the lives of our spiritual leaders with the positive affirmation they need. It is important to remember that appreciation, affirmation and prayer support of our spiritual leaders is appropriate throughout the entire year.
Pastor Appreciation History
In 1992 it was established as a holiday with a mission to uplift and encourage pastors, missionaries and religious workers. This year, Pastor Appreciation Day is October 19th.
In 1994 Focus on the Family named and began emphasizing Clergy Appreciation Month, reminding congregations that it was biblical and proper to honor their pastoral staffs and pastoral families throughout the year, but suggesting that they set aside the month of October for a special tangible tribute.
In 2002 Hallmark first offered Clergy Appreciation cards.
It has been a long-standing practice to recognize and honor our pastors either formally or informally…. In your special way, please show your appreciation during the month of October and throughout the year. There is a specially decorated donation box available during Sunday Coffee Hour. It will be located at the rear of the auditorium near the coffee area.
October 1 Kids' Korner registration 6:30pm
Sunday, October 5 Communion
October 6 Committee meetings 7pm
October 8 PW Gathering in Old Forge
October 8 THE CONNECTION BEGINS
October 15 NEWSLETTER DEADLINE
October 19 Harvest Brunch after worship service
Pastor Appreciation Day
October 20 Deacons' Meeting