Be Glad and Rejoice!

One of my favorite movies growing up was Disney’s Pollyanna. This is dialogue from one of my favorite scenes (there are many) :

Pollyanna: There are eight hundred happy texts, did you know that?

Reverend: No, I didn’t know that.

Pollyanna: Yes, well there are. And do you know, my father said that if GOD took the trouble to tell us eight hundred times to be glad and rejoice, He must have wanted us to do it.


I am rejoicing and I am very glad to be the newest 1st Presbyterian staff member.

A snippet of my story

The whole of my professional career has been in Marketing Communications. It has been my great joy to have worked for Industry greats and have been trained and mentored by amazing individuals.  Shifting staff assignments at 1st Pres this past summer presented a prayed-for opportunity. I wanted to make use of my experience and here was a chance to serve a community that I have come to love.


‘My’ Craig and I became friends in college [San Diego State University – Go Aztecs!]. After graduation we went our separate ways. Fast forward many years and with the help of the internet, we reconnected a little over 11 years ago. Married 6 years,  Craig and I have an amazing blended family – Craig’s daughter and son + wife and my two daughters and a pending son-in-law. The lovely news is that they really like each other – quite a blessing.

Personally, I’m fairly new to the Inland Northwest. I moved here permanently in 2015 so if I have a puzzled look on my face when you mention an area specific place or event, be patient. I’m learning.

Back to Pollyanna
Early on this story influenced my outlook on life – a perspective of optimism, hope, looking for the good in others, and my faith in God.

I’m honored to be serving you. I look forward to working with you.





Romans 8:28

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.



  1. Reply
    Shastina Blackston says

    So thankful you are in this position! We are lucky to have you!

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    carolyn keefer says

    I’m so excited to have you in that position. I know your beautiful smile and your amazing talent will be a real asset to our church staff and family!

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    Steve Morman says

    So glad to have you in the church, and now on staff! You are a blessing to us all.

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    Steve says

    So glad to have you here Janet! You’re already killing it. I can’t wait for you to start sending me your 800 happy texts 🙂

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    Kathy Baker-Grigg says

    Congrats Janet! I, too, loved Pollyanna.

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    Carol Landon says

    God has blessed us with you, Janet ✝️😇. Can’t wait to get to know you better 🤗

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    Kitty Krier says

    This will show my age, but I have loved the Pollyanna stories ever since I read the first book in the ’40s. I’ve never seen the movie! We used to refer to her as “Pollyanna, the glad girl,” didn’t we? Well, I’m glad you’ve taken this position and how glad we all are that you bring such a great resume to our small community. Fondly, Kitty

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    Suzy Jolley says

    How blessed we are to have your amazing marketing talent now along with your caring, loving, adorable self! God is soooo good ! My love, Suzy Jolley

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    Bev Turner says

    Excited for you and your new position in our church. Love your infectious smile. We are blessed….

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    Karen Huber says

    Well you know how I feel about your new position….I haven’t been quiet about it, and I’ve taken advantage of your expertise right off the bat!!!! I echo all the above comments and so glad you are now able to use more of your professional talents! So glad to see you work your way back to Professional from Praise Band….. You and Craig have been wonderful additions to our music and now to our Staff!!!! Welcome aboard, my friend!!!!!!

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