Following my recent three columns on the dashboard of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church, I received an enewsletter from the Church of the Holy Comforter in Martinez reporting to the congregation the amount of mission being done by those who attend the church. The newsletter listed
“169 hours every week. Wow. This is the total man hours collectively spent each week by the Prayer Shawl Ministry, who create a variety of knitted articles given away to remind people of the love of Jesus. And this is a low estimate as we only heard from 17 knitters; many more men and women are associated with this ministry. Thank you for this act of love and devotion.
Lakeside Mentors: Each week 16 volunteers spend a total of 33 man hours mentoring 33 students.
Golden Harvest Food Bank: So far this month we have given away 504 pounds of food. Each year we give away three tons of food!”
What mission-focused data might you share with your congregation to celebrate how your congregation is serving its community?
The Rev. Canon Frank Logue
Canon to the Ordinary