Meet Arcy, a committed servant.
It was April of 1993 when Arcy had open heart surgery. Due to complications involving the main artery, he had three separate operations, and received 26 units of blood. During these surgeries, he suffered five cardiac arrests, and the doctors said that they could do no more for him. Arcy shared that, “God heard someone’s prayer that day for me to still be living.”
During his stay in the critical care unit, Arcy describes having an experience where he felt like he was in a tunnel and completely aware of his surroundings. During this time, he felt he was floating away, but only got 2/3 of the way to where he was going, and was pulled back. This happened a second time and he is pulled back yet again. At this time Arcy said to himself, “This is it! You’re gone!” However, he felt it was like God was saying, “This is your last chance.” After those events, Arcy said, “I couldn’t wait to accept Christ, surrender all to Him, and fulfill the promise I made to God to serve Him as long as I lived.”
Arcy says, “I don’t make commitments to people, I make commitments to God. People come and go in your life, but God doesn’t. I don’t want people to make commitments to me, I want people to make their commitments to God, and stick with it!”
After this near-death experience, Arcy accepted Christ at age 61. He and his wife Patsy then set out in search for a church that preached the Word. That led them to Church at the Mall. They have been growing in their walk with the Lord, and serving at Church at the Mall from that time on. Arcy shared how he loves Church at the Mall and loves the people. He enjoys worshiping, working, and reaching out to the community through the Compassion House. Arcy desires to see salvations. At Compassion House, they help to provide for immediate physical needs. The Gospel is shared with individuals, and their lives are changed for eternity.
Arcy has served as the volunteer Assistant Director at the Compassion House for many years. Some of his many daily duties and responsibilities include scheduling all the drivers for food pickup and deliveries from various locations. He also has the responsibility of organizing the food after it has been picked up and brought to the Compassion House.
On Sunday mornings, Arcy serves as the Usher Coordinator. Some of those responsibilities are scheduling the ushers for all three services and distributing the Connection Guides. Despite Arcy’s physical ailments at age 85, due to his heart and low functioning lungs, he is determined not to slow down. His commitment and his drive to keep his promise to the Lord is as strong as ever.
With tear-filled eyes, Arcy mentions the people who have loved and supported him as he walks this journey of service with God. First of all, he mentions his wife of 45 years, Patsy. He says, “Patsy never complains, and has been my daily support. She understands me and is always willing to help me keep my commitments. Words cannot express how I feel about her. Next, he says, “I love Church at the Mall! Pastor Jay preaches the Bible, not what somebody wants him to preach. He preaches the Gospel just like it is, and that’s the kind of preacher I like! It’s great Bible teaching and godly relationships that have helped me grow in my walk with the Lord.”
Arcy has four children, several grandchildren, and a number of great-grandchildren. All are located out-of-state. He loves God and His people, as well as serving alongside them. He loves the outdoors, and he was a hunter in his younger days. Before retirement, he worked for General Motors as a fork-lift truck driver, linemen, and a tool room machinist.
If there was one message Arcy would like to share it would be, “Make your commitment to God and stick with it. When you fall, get back up and keep going. Don’t stop.”