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Go Getters say they ‘feel young’ when ministeringcomment (0)

August 28, 2008

By Gary Hardin

Setting an example for generations to follow, the members of the senior adult Sunday School class at Mount Zion Baptist Church, Alexander City, have deemed themselves the Go Getters, hoping to capture the heart of their ministry.

“Senior adult Sunday School classes often are viewed as false teeth, wheelchairs and the last stop before heaven. That’s not us,” said Dorothy Krohn, class president and teacher.

“We prayed and asked God to use us. God is working in our hearts.”

This class of about 10 ministers to everyone from youth and new members to the homebound and hospital patients.
“We feel so young when we are ministering,” Krohn said, noting they have lots of “vitality and pep.”

The class’s name stems from its involvement with the Tallapoosa Baptist Association church’s block parties, explained Pastor Ed Frantz.

Krohn wanted a name that corresponded with the excitement of the events. In 2006, as class members discussed the name and prayed about it, they sensed God leading them to become even more active in ministering.

Following a Bible study and lunch each Tuesday morning, the Go Getters visit the homebound, potential church members and hospital patients, proudly displaying their Go Getters T-shirts along the way.

In addition to their regular visits, class members perform random acts of kindness such as filling coffee cups with candy to be given to first-time church guests, mailing birthday cards to all the youth and baking homemade cookies to be given to new church members.

Q.P. and Dorothy Snyder received a tray of cookies when they joined Mount Zion Baptist recently.

“The gift made us feel welcomed,” Dorothy Snyder said. “The class and the church accept you. I think it’s great that the Go Getters do what they do.”

Since last fall, Mount Zion has received 33 new members, and Frantz knows the reason why — “It has a lot to do with the ministry of the Go Getters.”

The class members’ love for Mount Zion, one another and God provides the motivation for their ministries.

“Each time we add a new ministry, it doesn’t bother anyone in the class,” Krohn said. “We love the Lord. We want to serve Him.”

Krohn said she wants the Go Getters’ ministry to set an example for and encourage other senior adult classes.

“Come and join the fun,” Krohn said. “Pray and ask God what He wants you to do. He’ll surprise you.”

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