LAKE WORTH, Fla.—West Pines Baptist Church showed its appreciation and love for the widows in its church by treating them to dinner at Olive Garden. The idea came about when the pastoral staff asked, “What does Jesus care deeply about?”
Pastor Paul Sorber says, “From Scripture we know that widows and orphans need to be cared for in an intentional way, so we pastors came up with a few ways to intentionally care for our widows.” The dinner “was a great success,” he says.
Teams from the church are also serving widows by helping with home maintenance, cleanup, and transportation; taking meals to shut-ins; putting up hurricane shutters; and housing those who need it in the event of a hurricane. The church also provides a list of members who can meet emergency plumbing, electricity, and other household needs.
“West Pines is blessed with a number of Jesus-loving widows, who are an important part of our church family,” Sorber says. “My dad was a deacon at First Baptist Church in Johnson City, N.Y., for more than 40 years, and one of his deacon duties was to care for the widows of the church—which he did with great love. I saw the impact my dad’s loving actions had on those ladies, and in some small way want to have West Pines have an impact on our widows as well.”