Acts 15:22 "  Then the apostles and elders, with the whole church, decided to choose some of their own men and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They chose Judas (called Barsabbas) and Silas, two men who were leaders among the brothers."

OUTSTANDING LAY PERSONS OF THE YEAR 2011

The persons listed below have demonstrated outstanding service to the church and community at large through their time, talents and gifts.

Our Laity Service Award honoree grew up in the church. As she pursued her career and cared for her family, she was away from the church for a while, but when she returned home, she returned to the church. She is a member of the choir and president of the UMW. She began a prayer shawl ministry in 2010, and her efforts have brought new people to the church. Some call her the “cake lady” because her response to bereavement, illness, birthdays of shut-ins, anniversaries, etc. is to bake a homemade, from scratch cake and deliver it. She is known for calling and visiting the bereaved and the sick to cheer them and to discover if their needs are being met. Our honoree is a volunteer at the local elementary school as a mentor to disadvantaged girls. She participates at the soup kitchen, providing and preparing food and volunteering her time. She shares what she has, often to her own detriment, with those in need with no regard for race, religion, or economic status. Our honoree is a nurse and a champion of health-related causes. Under her leadership, the UMW has supported the Pregnancy Resource Center, Shelter for Battered Women, Breast Cancer and Women’s Health Awareness, birthing kits for third world countries, stuffed animals for children in the ER and more. ANN HORTON likes be known as a “peace maker”, but she is so much more.


Ann Horton delivering gifts.

Our Laity Service Award honoree served as president of the Methodist Men for many years. Now that he has relinquished this position to one of our promising young leaders, he continues to support the UMM. He is always the first to arrive to cook for the monthly men’s breakfast, and he often supplies much of the food for this event. In addition to cooking for the UMM, he also helps with food preparation and service for UMW projects and the soup kitchen. He has been a member of the church for over twenty years, and during that time, he has quietly taken care of needed repairs at his own expense, asking nothing in return. He has provided mowing services for the church’s expansion lot, and he has never asked to be paid or reimbursed. He also operates his personal commercial farm equipment to maintain church parking areas and the cemetery drive at no cost to the church. In 2010, he accepted the position of Chairman of the Trustees and has facilitated the replacement of the roof of our Sunday School wing, the refurbishing of our outbuilding, and other improvement projects. Very few people know that, as the owner of a pre-owned automobile business, our honoree has been very generous to those in need. He has been a great friend to widows, single mothers and others who have transportation needs. Our honoree’s heart and wallet are always open to those in need. The Apostle Paul must have been referring to people like LENTZ HUNEYCUTT when he wrote to the Corinthians “Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver....You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us...”


Lentz Huneycutt at the 225th Annivesary Celebration.

Our Laity Service Award honoree has been a member of the church her entire life. She lives her life in the service of the church and Christian fellowship. She has been the communion steward for many years, and she provides all communion supplies, never asking to be reimbursed. She and her sister often work as a team to insure fresh flowers grace the sanctuary. They provide food for the soup kitchen and for church families and extended families in times of illness and grief. The church never wants for paper products and other supplies due to the generosity of our honoree..she quietly looks around the church to see what is needed and provides it, asking nothing in return. She has been a nursery attendant and is loved by the youngest members of the church. Because of our honoree, there are many in the community who are clothed and fed and have other needs met. When she is aware of a need she cannot personally provide, she recruits those who can provide that need. Much of the time, the recipients her generosity never know the source. Our honoree is known for her praise and encouragement of all in the church who are willing to accept responsibility for any part in the growth and development of the church. She welcomes visitors and encourages them to return. She praises children for being at church and encourages them to attend church services, church school and church social events. She praises the choir and the pastor for providing a meaningful worship experience. ANITA SNUGGS is a cheerleader for the Lord.


Anita Snuggs with Santa.

"…well done, good and faithful servant…" Matthew 25:23


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