Growing in Service

Posted by Janice Robb, Contributing Writer, on Sep 13, 2017

Growing in Service

Each of us has gifts, and as good stewards of those gifts, we serve others. To help us be good stewards, Chase Oaks Church provides a variety of opportunities to meet individual needs and interests in every season of life to serve our fellow Chase Oakers and our community. Due to these opportunities, Sherrie and Eric Frank have been able to modify their service role as their family matured, to teach the value of service to their children, and to pass the baton on to their children as they are coming-of-age to serve themselves.

It all began when Sherrie volunteered in Kidzone when she was a stay-at-home mom with preschoolers. She thoroughly enjoyed sharing Bible stories with the children of Chase Oaks. When their children reached the ages of eight and six, Sherrie and Eric decided it was time to look for a service role that would include the whole family. As parents, the couple strongly believed it was important to teach children how to serve others early in life; however, despite their willingness to serve, their lives were becoming increasingly busy with the kids’ sporting commitments and Sherrie’s return to work. These time commitments significantly limited their availability to volunteer in the church, but they looked into all of the service possibilities until they found one.

Ultimately, they decided the coffee bar was the right fit for them. In addition to working as a family, they could perform their duties during their regular worship time. They committed to once per month and to Christmas and Easter services. On their scheduled Sundays, they divided up the duties according to each family member’s strengths. Eric took charge of the social aspect of the bar, masterfully making thirsty guests and members feel welcome at Chase Oaks as they satisfied their thirst. Grace, their daughter, filled the sugars and other condiments, assuring Chase Oakers could have a cup of coffee or hot chocolate just the way they like it. Luke, their son, made coffee in the back with Sherrie, which matched his reserved demeanor perfectly.

Now, as we all know, serving is truly a commitment, and commitments are not always fun. They can be tedious, overwhelming, or inconvenient. And indeed, there were days the Frank children would rather have slept in or skipped church for another more appealing activity. Sherrie and Eric used those occasions as teachable moments, reinforcing the importance of following through with commitments.

On many occasions, while serving in the coffee bar, the Franks caught up with friends and acquaintances they had not seen in a while. Maintaining and strengthening connections was an unexpected bonus of the job.

Reflecting upon the nine years the family served in the coffee bar, Sherrie reports, “Our children learned to perform their responsibilities even when it does not feel good, how to take ownership of their job, how to teach others their skills, and what it means to give back.”

The coffee bar was a place for them to grow together as a family, grow relationships with other Chase Oakers, and in the long run, their children learned core values that will serve them for the rest of their lives.

Now that their children are 17 and 15, the Frank family has transitioned yet again, relinquishing their coffee bar duties to others as their family’s needs have changed. For now, Sherrie and Eric have stepped back from the service role to attend the Sunday service with Luke as he explores his relationship with God and the gifts and talents he has to offer in a service role. Grace plans to be a teacher in the future. In preparation for her future, she volunteers in Kidzone, teaching the lesson each week to five-year-olds. She has picked up the service baton in an area in which she is passionate, and she is running with it.

Share This:

Recent Stories

Swipe to Discover more

Behind the Song: "All of My Heart"

Aug 10, 2022

Songwriter Chris Opie shares a glimpse behind the powerful moment that inspired the new Chase Oaks Worship single, "All of My Heart." Read more, here.

Keep Calm and Parent On: Back to School Edition

Aug 07, 2022

How can parents help their kids gear up for a great year ahead? By being intentional, we can be the life coaches our kids need to be successful, at school and in life.

How To Survive a High School Lock-In

Aug 03, 2022

What happens when a grown adult is voluntarily locked inside a space with a group of high schoolers for a whole night? Read more, here.

Surprised by Church: A Social Recluse's Journey

Jul 31, 2022

Like faith itself, our relationship with a faith community is a unique one that can shift over time. Read about one person's story of relating to—and being surprised by—the church.

Respite Nights Make a Difference

Jul 28, 2022

The Local Good Center and Chase Oaks Foster Care/Adoption Team are helping to meet huge and often-hidden needs in our own backyard. Read about how they are making a difference, here.

Two Essential Back-to-School Checklists

Jul 24, 2022

BACK TO SCHOOL. Whether those words prompt panic or joy, we all want to make this year a great one for the kids. Use the following two checklists (one for “checking off” and one for “checking in”) to make sure everyone is ready to go!

A Process for Making Wise Decisions

Jul 21, 2022

Great decision-making is a critical leadership skill. Chase Oaks Executive Pastor Jack Warren shares a simple, proven process for how to make wise decisions.

Discovering a Passion for Mental Health

Jul 17, 2022

Cindy Park's path has led her from personal counseling to pursuing a new career as a professional counselor. Read more about her journey and newfound passion for mental health, here.

5 Reflection Questions To End Each Day

Jul 10, 2022

How can we prioritize mental and emotional health more? One time-tested way: building a regular habit of self-reflection. Start by asking yourself these 5 simple questions at the end of each day.

How To Be an Influencer Who Leads Others

Jul 07, 2022

Being an "influencer" can mean many different things. Executive Pastor Jack Warren shares key steps for leaders to grow in the kind of influence that puts others first.