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Through love serve one another. Galatians 5:13b, NKJV

How do we serve our communities? Do we need to get involved in local politics? Do we need to be wealthy and connected? What is the best way to serve our communities? I’m going to share how I got involved in helping my community by volunteering in an area I love and know very well.

I became a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) in the early 1960s. Throughout my career I attended selected meetings, wrote a few published technical papers, but was never involved in leadership of an AIAA section.

After my retirement I joined the leadership of the local section serving as Vice-President in charge of technical meetings, and then President in charge of local chapter organization. I also represented AIAA at the Utah Engineers Council, continued to judge Science Fair exhibits, and tutored math at a local junior high.

By this approach I continued to serve my community and be a witness. In so doing I did not limit my friendships to my church family. My service continued until I was no longer physically able to participate.

Able to serve in the church and at work,

My civic duty I did not shirk.

Helping others develop their skills,

Serving my God as He wills.

A Christian serves not only in the local church but also in the community.


 In what way is your service in the community an evidence of your Christian faith?