Celebrating the People in the Pews

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On Sunday, October 15, 2017, the people of Essex Community Church celebrated “Laity Sunday,” which the United Methodist Church has traditionally set aside as the third Sunday in October. On this day, the service focuses on the ministry of all lay Christians, and members of the congregation lead the service.

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This year’s Laity Sunday service was led by Barbara Hoffman, a retired minister, along with three dedicated members of the Methodist Women’s Organization: Peggy Hunn, Ronnie Hollingsworth, and Jane TerLouw.

The children of Essex Community Church sang a special hymn with the church choir, “This Little Light of Mine.” Four longstanding members of the church were singled out for their ongoing service:

Don Hollingsworth and Alan Dybas, Builders of the Church, who have devoted themselves to church maintenance, physical plant, and electronic audio services;

Don Hollingsworth and Alan Dybas, Builders of the Church, who have devoted themselves to church maintenance, physical plant, and electronic audio services;

Karen East, Strength of the Church, who not only sings in the choir but also quietly and diligently attends to the altar setup, the hymn board, and preparation for the every Sunday; and

Karen East, Strength of the Church, who not only sings in the choir but also quietly and diligently attends to the altar setup, the hymn board, and preparation for the every Sunday; and

Norma Goff, Heart of the Church, who has tirelessly devoted her time and energy to respond and to encourage others to attend to so many community and individual needs.

Norma Goff, Heart of the Church, who has tirelessly devoted her time and energy to respond and to encourage others to attend to so many community and individual needs.

Gwen Jamison