The Onida United Methodist Women voted to honor Lexi Heath with a Mission Recognition Award for her dedication to the church. The presentation was made during the church service Sunday, May 1. Last year's recipient, Mark Barber, read the following announcement which traditionally keeps the recipient and congregation in suspense until partway through the reading:
"As last year's recipient of the Special Mission Recognition award, it is my honor to present the pin for 2022 to a person who has been a member of this church for about 20 years. Her willingness to help with missions of the church, using her many talents, is evident when we look around. Through her leadership in our Sunday School programs our youth have thrived. Her enthusiasm for decorating shines through from helping with the Senior Tea, VBS, the worship committee, and church holidays, to name a few. Rarely do we have to ask her to help as she comes forward with an offer to assist wherever there is a need.
"Our honoree was raised in Colome, SD, moving here as a young woman and a new bride, beginning her family of three kids here. Her career began at a credit union in Pierre for a few years. Her job now consists of helping to keep our farmers on track as well as providing her friendly smile each day as the bookkeeper at Oahe Grain. When not at work, you can find her supporting her kids and others at all their many activities. For relaxation she enjoys camping with family and friends.
"By now you probably have figured out, our recipient of the 2022 Special Mission Recognition award is Lexi Heath! While her days consist of her jobs as a wife, mother, employee, and friend, which is full enough, she finds time to give back to the church and community. Her faith is strong and evident in her family. Lexi, Kevin, Aspen, Saige and Jace all volunteer not only in our church but in the community to make a better place for us to live and grow.
"On behalf of the Onida United Methodist Women, it is my privilege to award the Special Mission Recognition pin to Lexi Heath," Barber concluded.