Written by cycleguy on March 10th, 2014

Journal Entry: Monday, March 10.

4 words: I am really tired.

3 words: I feel wiped.

2 words: I ache

1 word: 🙂

I know…strange entry. Why the exhaustion?

I think maybe Daylight Saving Time may have played a small part in it. To lose an hour sleep, especially when I struggled getting to sleep to start with was tough enough. But add to that this:

Last year we started what I hope will be an annual occurrence. This was our 2nd year. We (Diana, Ryan and I) had a Volunteer Dinner…we call them our Superheroes… in honor of all our volunteers from this past year. The staff hosts and serves our volunteers. Since there are only three of us on staff, we recruited the Jr/Sr High youth to help. After the time change, and after a 3:00 rising, and after preaching two services, the three of us (with the help of Jo and Hope (Ryan’s wife), we carried tables and chairs and set up for the dinner. The dinner started at 5:00 and by 7:00 we were pretty much done…except for the clean up. The young people were really helpful carrying tables into another part of the building. By the time we were done, I was wasted. My knees and back ached. The feet were sore. My eyes were heavy.


A local lady catered the meal for us. The three of us did an “Early Show with the Captain and his crew.” I’m the Captain (Captain America); Diana was Wonder Woman; and Ryan? I’m not really sure who he was. He wore a Superman shirt, but he is a small guy. Plus…he does voice accents. I interviewed William Wallace, Antonio Banderas, and Vladimir Putin. We had a blast and had the people laughing. It was a super night for SuperHeroes.

The ship called OVCF could not function without our Volunteers. To all of you OVCF people who read this…




Do you volunteer in your world (church/work/charity)? Are you thanked? How is recognition given where you are from?


12 Comments so far ↓

  1. Daniel says:

    Glad you had a good time celebrating and laughing. A great way to live life.

  2. Yes, I’m leading our small groups, which really means I’m trying to figure out what that means right now.

  3. jeff says:

    Yes I am involved with 2 non- profits in a Board of Directors role. The company I work for offers 2 paid volunteer days a year to encourage this activity. We need more companies with such policies. I have probably had people say thanks. I don’t ever recall receiving recognition. I would probably skip the recognition events and just have them mail me my ribbon.
    I realize churches are a bit different in that everyone (members) are sort of expected to perform certain duties in exchange for the membership. Probably 20% do and the rest go for the ride.

    • cycleguy says:

      I’m not big on being recognize publicly either Jeff. I like the quiet kind. however, I do like doing it to others! 🙂 I do hope OVCF is different in our expectations but your figure about 20% doing the rest is pretty accurate. They say 20% do 80% of the work.

  4. Caleb Suko says:

    I think there is something energizing about seeing people who volunteer and put their hearts into the work they are doing. I like being around those people, it encourages me and gives me life even when I’ve only had a few hours of sleep.

  5. floyd says:

    Can’t believe it’s been a year already… Where does the time go?

    I appreciate that spirit of humility, I think it goes a long way. I haven’t volunteered for much lately, you have me thinking…

  6. cycleguy says:

    From Betty:
    Good for you, Jo and staff…great thing to do for those who serve in the local church. Did anyone film the comic routine…if so, can we expect a showing of it on your blog…just asking. Bless you brother.