Gifts for the Common Good

(by guest blogger Allison Bies)
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?One of the most encouraging aspects of the Upward Basketball and Cheerleading league is seeing people serve according to their God-given design. This happens to be one of ACC?s core values!

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Many volunteers are needed to help the program run successfully. People of all ages help in a variety of ways. Some serve behind the scenes, and others are in a more public role. Spiritual gifts of service, administration, leadership, evangelism, and teaching are very much at work during the entire Upward season.
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?Here are some of the ways people help:
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?- Coach
?- Instructional referee
?- Time clock worker
?- Concession stand
?- Collecting Awards Program donations
?- Transportation for our Awards Program entertainer
?- Set up and clean up
?- Coordinating cheerleading routines
?- Explaining the gospel to children
?- Presenting halftime devotions
?- Supporting children on game days
?- Prayer
?- Advertising the league
?- Evaluating players

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Upward provides a way for people with different talents, abilities, and spiritual gifts to jump in. Volunteers can serve one time for a few hours or all season long. Basketball enthusiasts or those with no knowledge of sports work together. I myself lack a strong grasp of basketball?s technicalities!
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?Finally, many volunteers are from ACC, but some do not attend our church. I see Upward as a community ministry and great picture of the body of Christ working together to lead families to God. This is a clear illustration of the spiritual gifts described in Romans 12:4-8. Many people who serve came to ACC through Upward, so it?s awesome to see them giving back to the program.
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?Saturday games continue through March 13 with our Awards Program on March 14. Please come by to watch a game, support the concession stand, and cheer on the players!

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Looking Upward,
?Allison

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