Helping Others

When Barb moved to Buffalo in 1995 she visited a few churches in the area before deciding to Join Zion.

Pastor Ed and Pastor John made that decision easy.

Barb is married, with no children. She enjoys the musical variety at Zion on Sunday mornings.

Hebrews 11:1 is a constant reminder to her to trust God in all ways and for everything.

“Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

Recently retired from the corporate world, Barb was thinking about doing some volunteer work. She decided that taking the LifeKeys class might help her identify opportunities to pursue.

She enjoyed getting to know other people at Zion and responding to the questions from a personal perspective, although she found it challenging to put aside the influence of her work environment.

LifeKeys confirmed why I had enjoyed parts of my job and dreaded others. It showed me how my spiritual gifts had guided me – even though I may not have been associating them as spiritual gifts at that time. As part of the class introductions, I had shared the story of listening to Pastor Luke comment during the service that the staff could always use help with data entry. Since I had recently retired, that caught my attention.

LifeKeys team member Marsha Watkins connected the dots and contacted Barb after the class to suggest a way that Barb could use her skills and gifts to fill a need within Zion’s Children and Family Ministry team. Barb now volunteers in the church office on a regular basis, working on data entry and reporting for Children and Family Ministry as well as general purpose data entry and data clean-up.

My main gift was ‘helping others,’ so this is a perfect fit for me. I really enjoy the people I have been assisting. It is very rewarding to feel so appreciated.

Barb recommends LifeKeys as a great opportunity for others to evaluate their spiritual gifts.

LifeKeys offered me the opportunity to make contacts at church and begin doing some volunteer work. I hope to continue to help these teams and am looking forward to
finding other opportunities where I can help as time permits.

I hope there is enough interest in the class to continue to provide this opportunity for others. Participants will learn something new about themselves, confirm self-perceptions (maybe modify some) and take the time to reflect on the gifts they have been given. It also highlights how those gifts are used and guide us in our daily life.

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