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11.12.23 - Pastor Appreciation Sunday

November 12, 2023, 10:00 AM

First UMC Elgin's Governance Board  designated Sunday, November 12, as Pastor Appreciation Day





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Click on the video to watch Carol Phillips and Jennifer Haley recognize Pastor Felicia's contributions to First Elgin.

The call to honor our church leaders’ contributions can be traced back to St. Paul. In establishing the first Christian churches, St. Paul advised the congregation to give “double honor” to the elders of the church who managed the affairs of the church well, “especially those whose work is preaching and teaching” (1 Timothy 5:17).

St. Paul further urged Christian communities to acknowledge those “who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you,” holding these spiritual leaders “in the highest regard in love because of their work” (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13).

Saying 'I appreciate you' to pastors
By Kathy Noble

   No matter how humble or unassuming they may be, most people get a warm glow inside when someone says "thank you" for what they've done or expresses appreciation simply for who they are. Clergy and others who fill pastoral roles are no exception.

   Pastor Appreciation Day is a time to say "thank you" to the people who may be most visible as preachers and teachers but who, in reality, are on-call 24/7, standing with congregants and others to offer spiritual and other support in times of confusion and transition, times of heart-wrenching sorrow and times of overwhelming joy. They laugh, cry, and pray with those whom they shepherd and serve.

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