Zion offers many opportunities to be involved, and with that involvement you will find faith-growing opportunities. Each of these involvements has enriched my Christian life. #ZionBuffalo

Enriched by Volunteering

Cheryl had not been a regular church attender before she moved to Buffalo in 1975.

Pastor John called us, told us about Zion, and invited us to check it out.

Cheryl was married to Ken, with a young son, and they started attending Zion some Sundays.

From the pulpit I kept hearing the request for Sunday School teachers.  I spent many months, maybe a year, praying about whether I was qualified to teach Sunday School.

God eventually nudged Cheryl to get involved with the Christian Education (now Children and Family) ministry at Zion, and she ended up serving for over twenty years as a Sunday School teacher, superintendent, and member of the Christian Education Committee.

Since then, Cheryl has been involved with a number of ministries, including Bible studies, the Social Ministry Committee, Stephen Ministry, and Harvest of Hands.

Zion offers many opportunities to be involved, and with that involvement you will find faith-growing opportunities. Each of these involvements has enriched my Christian life. Throughout the years there have been many participants and facilitators who have been instrumental in my faith journey.  Within the church community you don’t have to look far to find inspirational people.

Over the past several years, Cheryl has been a key volunteer for American Red Cross blood drives at Zion, making calls to regular donors to set up appointments.

The American Red Cross provides many opportunities for the giving of blood, and someday each of us will most likely need this life sustaining blood.  Zion has a very good location and facility to provide this event.

Many years ago Cheryl would make calls every year for Sunday School teachers, and many of those called would comment “Is it really that time of year again” as it meant Summer was coming to a close. Now, as she calls the same part of the alphabet for blood donation appointments each year, she has again become a familiar voice at the other end of the phone line and enjoys several friendly conversations along the way.

Cheryl’s favorite Bible verses are the Love verses of I Corinthians 13 4-7:

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

I believe that God’s Love for us is all of these, and if we practice these characteristics we can put our faith into practice. God is with each of us even when we do not feel worthy and with prayer gets us through the good times and the not so good times.

Cheryl & Ken’s family now includes their son who is married with two daughters, and their daughter who is married with one son.

All of them bring much joy and happiness to my life.

Cheryl has worked at the same company for over 30 years as an office manager, and has recently cut back to three days a week as she prepares for full retirement within a couple of years. She enjoys sewing and crocheting and looks forward to pursuing these activities in retirement.

I have also begun the relaxing enjoyment of reading.  We have spent much time and enjoyment in watching our grandchildren participate in school and church programs and many sports activities.

If Cheryl calls you this month, be ready for a friendly chat, and to make your blood donation appointment for July 20. And if she doesn’t, consider making your own appointment.