On Thursday, September 15, 2016, the World Mission Society Church of God in Maryland hosted an appreciation dinner for community members. The purpose of the event was to express gratitude and friendship to those who devote their time and efforts, having a positive impact on the community. The guests came from many different walks of life and included counselors, musicians, coworkers, family members and more.

Guests mingled with the members as the event was received with great excitement. They enjoyed the opportunity to meet many new people and to get a taste of what the Church of God is all about. Furthermore, a slideshow of photos from previous community service events was played. And along with the slideshow, instrumentals of Church of God New Songs was on in the background. Everyone enjoyed a two course meal that members prepared and served with care.

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Family and friends enjoying each others’ company at the appreciation dinner.

Afterwards, guests watched two short videos. The first video was an introductory overview of the Church of God. Through it, the guests could see the activities and community involvement of the church on a global scale. The second video was about the Queen’s Award that the Church received earlier this year for outstanding volunteer service. The Queen’s award is the most prestigious award a volunteer group can receive in the United Kingdom. Moreover, through the award, the Church also became a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE). MBE is a designation for exemplary organizations that is recognized by 53 members of the Commonwealth of Nations. MBE member countries include Australia, Canada and Singapore.

In conclusion, guests left with thank you gifts which included framed pictures that had been taken through out the course of the night. They all seemed to have really enjoyed their visit to the Church of God. Additionally, several visitors expressed that they look forward to participating in future events as well as volunteer services.

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