“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4: 6
Finding a church in New York City that I, as a transplanted Ohioan, felt at home in was a request I made known to God. I must confess I felt anxious that I wouldn’t find one. But after a long and prayerful search I finally found Marble on live stream in 2009. When I came to in-person services in 2016 I felt like I had found my home. I became a member. Marble accepted me as part of the family and accepted the talents I had to offer. I eagerly joined Marble Small Groups, prayer Circle and Prime Time 55+. I now facilitate an ongoing small group. Stephen Ministry training and caregiving allowed me to give back more to the congregation I love. I want to give more because Marble has supported me so much.
During the COVID pandemic, we had to consider alternate ways to minister to our isolated congregants. I served on CareLine, a service that allowed callers to seek anonymous phone support. Caring Callers, another volunteer ministry, gives me the opportunity to speak by phone to Marble members. I always look forward to making these weekly calls. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Easter Offering Committee. To have been chosen to serve as a deacon is an honor I will never cease to be grateful for.
I give thanks daily for the opportunity to truly belong to the Marble community. I am grateful that I can be of service in a church that is socially responsible, compassionate, and inclusive. I am grateful that I can depend on the support of a caring and responsive staff: from reception to senior ministry. Marble is a priceless gift. I cannot repay Marble for its blessing to my life. But I can serve God and honor Marble with my time, talents, prayers, and financial support when I give all these things with love and willingness.
“For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.”
2 Corinthians 8: 12
With much gratitude,