Last week the Leadership Team of Wolf Creek Community Church hosted a “Volunteer Appreciation Night.” What a wonderful evening! We ate a delicious steak dinner courtesy of our Hospitality Team. We connected as workers and leaders. And we also had a debriefing conversation, as we reflected on another blessed year of ministry. Things slow down here in the summer. Programs pause. People take a bit of Sabbath. So June is the natural end of our ministry year. So, it was good to thank the Lord for all he has done in and through us, and also to reflect on some of the challenges of ministry. I really appreciated that conversation. It was good to hear how the Lord had grown people spiritually through leadership. It was instructive to hear about some of the challenges we face: frustration, fatigue or feeling alone in ministry. The foundation for this conversation was 1 Corinthians 12, where St. Paul writes, “Now you are part of the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” I love Paul’s angle. Each person in a local church is important. Each gift is needed. Each volunteer valuable. So, I’d like to thank you all for using your spiritual gift(s) to bless this church. Thank you for being a part of the body of Christ!