Volunteer of the Week
Our spotlight this week honors Nancy Blurton and Mary Gwen Hulsey, two long-time Sanctuary Choir members who have led choir outreach projects for over a decade. In Nov 2010, Dave Peterson issued a Bless Challenge to our congregation, and Mary Gwen received an envelope with $10 in it to be used to "Bless Someone." With that money, she offered a meal to a downtown homeless man. That simple act provided the spark for the choir’s annual Dec carol sing and pizza party in downtown Houston. The volunteers also provided hygiene kits, gloves, hats, books, and clothes donated by choir members.
Other annual activities led by Mary Gwen and Nancy include donations for refugees through Interfaith Ministries; organizing choir participation in MDPC's Thanksgiving-Meal-in-a-Bag and Christmas for Kids; and distributions for Meals on Wheels and Emergency Hurricane Preparedness boxes to Houstonians in need. On Oct 2, the choir will sing for the Brookwood Community. A big "thank you" to these dedicated choir members who continue to inspire others to be Christ’s hands and feet in the world!
Harvey Trammell is a Caring Ministries all-star! He is currently the Visitation Deacon and chairs the Home Visitation committee while visiting several homebound members himself. He’s also a faithful volunteer in the Second Family and Mobile Meals ministries, regularly delivering meals, taking people to doctors’ appointments, and running other errands for those with limited first-family support. On top of that, Harvey is a longtime Stephen Minister who has walked confidentially alongside other Christian men going through hard times. And if that weren’t enough, he is always quick to offer his support whenever and wherever the need arises. Harvey is the epitome of Jesus “with skin on” and we are grateful for his service!
Tom Dodson , a long-time leader on MDPC's Men's Life team, is this week's Volunteer Spotlight! He has held several vital roles in the Men's Life program. To quote Tom: “The gifts this service has provided me...are invaluable. I hope every man gets to experience the Men’s Life program in the way I have.”
Our Volunteer Spotlight this week is a familiar face around MDPC! If you've been part of an MDPC service project, you've probably worked alongside Hobert Plunkett. He's been/is a Bible in 90 Days facilitator, an IMPACT mentor at Spring Woods MS, an Outreach Elder, a project leader for Church in the City, a Summer Celebration volunteer, a regular at Kids' Meals, on the Alpha Prayer Team, an ECHOS Food Pantry volunteer, a Bible study leader for Amazing Place, and a STAPLE at Saturday's Fuente Food Pantry. An amazing servant!
Laura Benes had so much fun at her first Girls' Getaway in 2014 that she decided then and there she wanted to be Women’s Ministry Elder so she could be in charge of it! We love Laura's creativity and passion as a volunteer. She did become involved with MDPC Women after that first Girls’ Getaway and has served in countless areas since then, including as Elder in 2017-2020. While an Elder, Laura did so much to grow Women's Ministries, but her contributions didn't end there. Her outgoing personality, beautiful designs, and passion have helped make MDPC Women the ministry it is today. She's the gift that keeps on giving!