Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Flowers for Christ: A Woman's Ministry


Credits to Dang Dupale for this photo
Posted by a Facebook friend, Dang, this photo reminds me of one of my posts (The Birth of a Hobby) as a new blogger two years ago, where I featured about how I came to like plants. This hobby inspired me to get involved in the Exaltation Ministry in our church. Together with former church gardener, Raffy, I used to grow potted plants, water them every Saturday in preparation for the Sunday Worship Service. 

Through the years, however, changes in the volume of my domestic responsibilities no longer allow me to be involved in ministries that require my physical presence in church. At one time, I became church treasurer, a ministry which called for keeping track and recording of all church finances on top of counting tithes and offerings every after church services on Sundays.  A heavy responsibility eh!? 

At another time I became church secretary. This ministry entailed preparing minutes of all church meetings and publishing the weekly bulletin featuring prayer lists, announcement of events, activities, birthdays and anniversaries, reminders of flower donors, meetings, fellowships and many more. 

Today, my ministry involves acting as flower donor coordinator. As such, I make arrangements in behalf of brothers and sisters who pledge to offer flowers on Sundays. I place their orders to a nearby florist through telephone. I've been doing this ministry for several years now. Here's how I do it...

Before the end of the year, I pass around a piece of paper where brethren would write their preferred schedule of offering flowers. 

Then, I organize the given schedule of flower pledges and give reminders either personally or through the weekly bulletin. They are free to tell me how much they would like to pledge, as the Holy Spirit leads their hearts to offer.

My flower pledges guide. 
I use Microsoft Excel to make this flower pledge schedule. Then, I give an electronic copy of this to our church Secretary so that she could mention the names of the flower donors in the weekly bulletin. (Sssshhhh... the church Secretary happens to be my daughter so that makes things a lot easier for me! :) I could easily update her with additional flower donors anytime of the year!) She allots space for the flower donor reminder in the bulletin.
Every Saturday, I place orders for flowers to be delivered to the church. See the flowers we had last Sunday! 
Credits to Dang Dupale for this photo
I'm not good at remembering names of flowers but aren't they beautiful?!! Here are photo collages of other flower arrangements I was able to capture in the past.

Do you have a florist in your church? A flower donor coordinator? Oh, maybe you do the flower arrangement yourself? Well, whatever it is you do, may you give honor and glory to God for doing it.

 "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might..."
-Ecclesiastes 9: 10

Here's praying that all the available slots be filled with flower donors for the whole year. 

Oh, wait, I almost forgot... thank you, Dang, for the tag. Tada!
Photos by Dang
And last... how would you like to share about your ministry in your own local church in the comment box below.

May we all have a blessed celebration of the season!
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2 comments:

  1. Our church does not do flower arrangements, never thought about until your post. The Father has given me a passion for kids, I am the lead teacher, and teach the 5 & 6 year olds twice a month. It is important to know what the Father wants you do, and more importantly to do it. Thanks for sharing on Tuesdays With a Twist, please join us again tomorrow morning.

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    1. Would love to share another link, Joyce. Thank you! So you teach Sunday School! May God continue to bless your ministry.

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