Leaving a Legacy through Service

Mary Smith

I think we all strive to find our purpose or mission in life. Throughout my career, I’ve taken tons of “personality” and profile tests and read a lot of books on gifts and talents. Many of those tests came to similar conclusions. Bottomline? …. I’m relational. I desire to serve others, I’m empathetic, I’ve been trained to be a Stephen’s Minister and have worked for a company for over 35 years, Chick-fil-A, whose motto is to serve others with honor, dignity and respect.

I knew my talents and gifts but didn’t have a clear vision of where to serve. I don’t know why it took me so long to figure it out… all my life experiences and God given gifts pointed to the perfect ministry for me – hospitality. I talked with Pastor Scott and he shared that he also embraced the importance of a hospitality ministry at church and fully supported my desire to help. In fact, he had been praying for this ministry. I asked for guidance from the Holy Spirit and haven’t looked back. The goal of our ministry is to help guests know and love Jesus Christ. When we are led by the Holy Spirit, the rest just falls into place. Sure, there are Sundays that things don’t go exactly as planned but God always sends me little reminders that when volunteering, it does make a difference.  

I have built so many new and deep friendships which have made me a better person. We’ve grown our team to over 30 people and have become more like a family. We also have a lot of fun!

Aleisa Hodgens 

As I began attending GUMC I had planned to “attend.” Go to church, listen to the music and the sermon and be on my way. After a few weeks of “attending” the need to connect with a church family and some of the amazing people I saw and met at GUMC grew stronger.

Anyone who knows me knows my grandchildren are my world, which led me to serving first with the children. Katie Atcheson was one of the people I met early on in my visits to
Grayson, I don’t need to tell any of you how warm and inviting she is. Katie encouraged me to volunteer with GraysonKids on Wednesday evenings, my grandchildren attended with me and the joy they have received from this group continues to bless me. My youngest grandson always asks if we are going to church today and the other two who grew up attending when they visit it is the 1st place they want to go.  God is amazing.

I learn so much from serving others. It allows me to see things from a different perspective.  It allows us to gain empathy for something we may not have understood before. It also shows me, I am not alone in my struggles.  I find I share struggles with others. The service I give not only help that someone, but in turn, blesses my life as well. As my journey with GUMC continues and the more plugged in I am the bigger my blessings have been. I am a part of an amazing SALT group, have had the opportunity to work with a team on a Missions trips that no words are able to express how much each of these people have affected my life.  GUMC is my FAMILY. The more I serve the more I receive. I am blessed.

 Patty LaRose

 Serving the church means to me taking part in the work that God is doing in and around us. It means ministering to others and sharing the love of Christ.  It's doing what I can to glorify God and his Kingdom, and sharing the power and the wonder of that with others. It's so very important, because the church would die if no one served.

Serving at GUMC has done so many things in my life. It has taught me so much about myself. It's offered fellowship and seen me through a few very difficult years. It's helped me to grow while helping others. It's been my refuge, and led me to a stronger relationship with God. 

I've helped with Graysonkids Glee Club for 2 years now. The kids come every
Sunday, and their minds and hearts are wide open. They learn songs,yes. But they also learn about praising, and worship, and just loving the Lord. That makes my heart happy. That's what serving does!





Gale Owens