I don’t know if I’ve said thank you yet to quite a few people who need to hear it. At least, publicly.
The nominating committee met on Sunday, November 23, and we began a fruitful, thoughtful and loving conversation about who we saw gifts and graces for leadership—elders and deacons and trustees, oh my—in the coming year. And I looked at who is rolling off leadership, and I’m amazed and grateful for all of you, too.
Nancy, Sheila, Penny, Clayton, Chris Sparrer, Elizabeth, Baxter, David, Lisa, Ron, Shannon and Val, thank you for two marvelous years of service as deacons. You guys have gracefully and quickly dealt with changes in the order of worship, sudden surprises, and all sorts of chaos. We have always had bread to break, wine to pour, and baskets to fill with our gratitude and gifts, and if there was a basket big enough for y’all, I’d gratefully put you all in there, too. Thank you so much for being a part of the deaconate.
Roger, Mark, Angi and Gary, you have been outstanding elders for the last two years. Thank you for discerning the spirit in Midway Hills Christian Church, for walking with people on their faith journeys, and for listening, advising and acting in such ways that reflect Christ in this world. Paul Rodgers, thank you, too, but for taking on an extra year’s service and doing three years of amazing, thoughtful and usually thankless work.
Doc, you’ve been a great trustee, and I thank you so much for keeping us afloat and abreast of what’s going on in the corporate side of the church.
And Mark Wassenich—you are the wind beneath my wings. You have wrestled with a gigantic bear of a budget and financial system this year, and you’ve helped get us closer to where we need to be. Thank you for being a voice of reason in a room full of dreamers, and for doing the behind the scenes work necessary for the church to be solvent. You have been an amazing and thorough Treasurer this year, and I speak for the entire congregation when I offer my sincerest thanks.
And for those of you who are sticking around in leadership—I believe the Overdriven saints Bachman and Turner said it best, “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.” Those of you who will be called—I hope you will prayerfully consider getting on this amazing rollercoaster of the Reign of God with us in 2015.
See you sooner than later, all of you, and Happy Thanksgiving!