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Clergy Corner: The spirit of volunteering

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Posted: Thursday, October 22, 2009 1:05 pm | Updated: 2:30 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Clergy Corner: When we serve our fellow man, we also serve ourselves. When we reach out and use our talents and our time for the betterment of mankind, it gives us a feeling of connectedness and purpose.

When we serve our fellow man, we also serve ourselves. When we reach out and use our talents and our time for the betterment of mankind, it gives us a feeling of connectedness and purpose.

Through charity, you give yourself the greatest gift of all – the satisfaction of doing something selfless to elevate another. No more “self-aholism…” it is time to look beyond ourselves and our own needs, and see the bigger picture. The ideas of charity and compassion begin within oneself, but they cannot grow in magnitude unless you are fully committed to the truth and the full glory of the Creator, who made each and every one of us in His likeness. Remember what Christ taught: Love thy neighbor as thyself – serving all, treating those in need the way we would like to be treated in a similar crisis.

Donny Gibbons

It is important to have a positive attitude – your glass is either half empty or half full. Learn to see it half full. You may think that you have very little to give, but there is always someone worse off than you who could use a hand. See the positives in your own life – be glad for what you are and what you have. You will have more to give to others if you view your own life as abundant and joyful. Giving away joy and lifting the spirits of others – there is no better way to create more joy and satisfaction in your own life.

People who give their all

Here are a few examples of East Valley folks who make volunteering and helping others a top priority: Nancy, a cancer survivor, who has logged over 1200 hours bringing cheer to people in nursing homes, using her own gas money to drive great distances. Donny G, who operates I AM MISSIONS with outreach programs such as Teen Talk and fundraising activities for other charities and who has also started a program to replace old, worn out American flags. The guys down at Benz and Beemer who help Donny G help those in need. Bill and Steve from S.T.U.F.F. thrift store in Mesa, who give away clothing and groceries to those in need. Larry, Pat, Sandra and Dr. Dave from the Genesis Project in Apache Junction, who give away countless meals to the hungry – volunteers there have logged approximately 20,000 hours in one year along. You, too, can make a difference – find a charity or community service that strikes a chord in your hear and get involved! Jerry in North Dakota, Floyd in Georgia, Zackary (Christian Law Association) in Florida, Ben, Lois and Lyle in California and Pastor Mike (Reaching the Kids/Africa)

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Patriotism and volunteerism

As our nation approaches Veteran’s Day on November 11th, let us pause and remember all the Veterans, past and present. Let us unite to spark the flame of patriotism and ignite service projects throughout our individual communities.

Around our local area, I would like to acknowledge the President of the Rotary Club who works diligently to aid the humanitarian efforts in Afghanistan. Fred, the Realtor as well as Jack Schneider of the Team of Benz & Beemer have all become involved in volunteerism and supporting the Veterans of Foreign Wars and I AM MISSIONS.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars were responsible in replacing an old, battered American flag at Joetta’s Leather Shoppe at country Club and Main. The Mesa Fire Department so graciously volunteered to remove it and properly fold it up. Young people need to get involved in restoring patriotism and respect for God and country, since so many are serving faithfully in Iraq and now Afghanistan.

The circle of love can grow and peace and love be achieved only through a united effort on every Americans part. Americans need to acquire a “Servant’s Heart” and serve others in complete unselfish ways. The main theme throughout the New Testament of the Bible is one of service or duty and devotion to our fellowman. Jesus, himself, said he came to serve not be served.

In order to be “Great” you must be able to put others first. Veterans of recent wars have been placed on the “backburner”. They need to be recognized and appreciated for their contributions not only on certain holidays but all year round. Patriotism needs to be rekindled in America and respect for the flag restored. Those wishing to volunteer their time or donate to a worthy cause – Contact: or e-mail call 480-610-2111 emergency phone 602-770-0460.

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