Stillwater News Press


October 16, 2009

Business incorporates ministry

Once a month, Terry Carpenter allows his employees to take paid time off to help the community.

“I see Fentons as a ministry that serves our employees, vendors and our customers,” Carpenter said of Fenton Office Mart.

Between eight and 14 employees take part in the program for several hours each month, leaving a skeleton crew of two to three employees to work at the store, Carpenter said.

The program began last December and has helped several area groups and agencies including the Salvation Army, Stillwater Domestic Violence Services and Stillwater Life Services.

In November, employees can take part in a blood drive, and in December the office plans to help Salvation Army again, Carpenter said.

Carpenter sees the ministry as fellowship time for his employees during which they can bond serving others and get away from the stress of work.

“My faith is not something just to be lived out on Sunday. The biggest opportunity to show one’s faith is Monday through Saturday. Using your work environement to show others your faith is something not traditional but very biblical,” Carpenter said.

“It’s neat to get out there and know you’re helping somebody and do it as a group,” employee Angela Simon said.

Carpenter hopes the program inspires other companies to adopt similar programs.

If groups or an agency has a need, Carpenter said they should call Carol at 372-5555.

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