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Kingdom workers celebrated Sunday at PASSAGE Family Church in northeast Gainesville

Voleer Thomas
For The Sun

PASSAGE Family Church dedicated its church service on Sunday to members of the church who work tirelessly giving their time, energy and efforts to serve the community with the love of the Lord.

Church members were served breakfast before service and were treated with gifts, cupcakes and snow cones afterward.

Founders and leaders of the church, Senior Pastor George Dix Jr. and Lady Michele Dix said the success of the church can be attributed to its members who serve with passion and commitment.

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"They are my family," Michele Dix said. "I care about them and when we all work together, we are like a well-oiled machine."

She thanked those who played a role in making sure the ceremony and festivities ran smoothly.

PASSAGE Family Church celebrated Kingdom Workers Appreciation Day on Sunday. Pictured here are founders and leaders of the church, Lady Michele Dix, left, and Pastor George Dix Jr., right, praising the Lord during morning worship service at the church.
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"I was thinking about how I wanted this experience to impact them," she said. "It's not about us [her and pastor] at all. It's about those who are doing the work and we just wanted to say, 'I see you.' We wanted to show how we felt and we also wanted the community to see how much we feel about our people."

George Dix preached on the subject of "Difference Makers," and used scripture from Colossians 3:23-24 as the text for his sermon.

"You are always stepping up to the plate," George Dix said. "We love you and God knows we are thankful for you. Every iota of effort matters."

When he started his journey as a preacher, he asked God to please surround him with people with gifts and a zeal for kingdom work, George Dix said.

"God is answering my prayer," George Dix said. "I have no aspirations other than to please God. I do that better because of you. He's giving me a chance to be a mouthpiece for him."

Church members are important because God uses them to help others, George Dix said.

PASSAGE Family Church celebrated Kingdom Workers Appreciation Day on Sunday. Church members were served breakfast before morning worship service and treated with gifts, cupcakes and snow cones at the end of the service.
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"The Holy Spirit might prompt you to plant a seed in someone else," Dix said. "Lady [Michele] and I know that we need you. Much has been accomplished in the last 22 years. I believe we are just getting started. Let's go further than what we imagined and what we have already attained."

Karen Redmond said she has been a member of the church for 17 years and enjoys being of service to the leaders of the church.

"It's not often we see leaders celebrate workers in this way," Redmond said. "It's amazing to see and experience. It was an intentional effort to make sure everyone in the room feels loved and appreciated."

Ebony Perry, who has been a member of the church for 20 years, said she appreciated the efforts of the pastor and first lady to offer a catered free breakfast for its members and to make sure their members feel seen.

"As soon as we walked in we were greeted with an applause," Perry said. "They definitely put a lot of time into it. I'm glad I can give my time, gifts and talents. I'm glad I can serve."