By Sam Conner
The Winslow Ministerial Association’s Good Samaritan Award was presented to Pat Kirk last week.
Kathy McVady of Madonna House presented the award, noting that Kirk is a woman who goes out of her way to be of service to others.
She visits people who are homebound and helps in an amazing variety of ways. She runs errands for them, does cleaning and organizing chores, and takes care of pets, including the regular walking of dogs for homebound persons whose most valued possession is a pet they are not able to walk themselves. She has befriended special needs people and participates with them in bringing Bible reflection presentations to the residents at Campus of Care.
Kirk teaches Atrium at the Madonna House for children in kindergarten and younger. She works with special needs children and has a very special relationship with some who need the caring attention she gives them.
This award is presented annually to a person in the community who practices helping other people in a number of ways and whose actions are comparable to those of the Biblical story of the Good Samaritan, whose actions aided and saved the life of an injured stranger.
The presentation was made at an ecumenical service held Jan. 23 at Madre de Dios Catholic Church. The Unity Service is held annually during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, at which the different communities of Christians come together to pray for Christian Unity.
First Baptist Church Pastor Fred Harris delivered the sermon, Has Christ Been Divided?
Also representing their congregations were Father Jeff King, pastor of Madre de Dios and St. Joseph churches, Pastor David Setalla and Pastor John Miller from Victory Love Ministries, Pastor Steve Garnett of St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Pastor Brian Snyder from Red Sands Mission and Lay Minister Ursula (Pixie) Baker from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
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By Sam Conner