Let me take this opportunity to thank you all for a wonderful celebration of my retirement on Sunday, June 25. It touched my heart with all the kind words, hugs (love the hugs), heartfelt notes, M&M cake, special plaque, and generous gift card. I LOVE this church! I have so many special memories of my time on staff at the church. Growing up in this church certainly gave me a unique perspective as I worked alongside many of you that I remember from my growing years. Keep in mind, I’m not moving away. I am still in town and plan to be part of this church. Through the summer though, I will be working on some special home projects and also helping my parents plus hopefully going on a few RV adventures. I know that I leave this position in the hands of a great staff who will continue to serve your needs and help make our church a welcome and safe place.
There are so many people in our church who have touched my life especially with their servant heart and generosity. You truly amaze me at the depth of your love for others and for this church. I had no idea what goes on behind the scenes at a church when I sought to fill this position five years ago. It has been an eye opener for me. I can honestly say that a church isn’t just a 9am-4pm operation. It’s 24/7 with all that happens inside and outside the church. LIFE HAPPENS! I have watched this church immerse itself in the life of the community in a unique way through all the downtown activities. Many of you have a special heart for the elderly in our church and visiting people in the hospital or assisted living. Others have a special gift with the children and youth of our church and community. While others seek to reach out through a variety of church programs to those who are down and out, disadvantaged, and homeless. Our Ecumenical Food kitchen has been running for over 30 years and continues to provide a warm meal on Thursdays through the efforts of eleven different churches. I have also enjoyed working with a multitude of groups we serve such as NIC, Spokane Choral Artists, AA, ARMS, and OperaCDA to name a few. They love our church as well. I have been blessed working alongside an amazing and gifted group of individuals focused on the Big Move for the new building project. What a great place to share and touch so many lives. I look forward to seeing the new fellowship space in the next year.
Although I appreciate your generous and gracious words about how I helped shape the vision of our church, I wanted to share a poem that my Mom has carried around in her purse since the 70s when her father passed away. It’s called The Indispensable Man by Saxon White Kessinger:
Sometime when you’re feeling important; Sometime when your ego’s in bloom Sometime when you take it for granted You’re the best qualified in the room,
Sometime when you feel that your going Would leave an unfillable hole, Just follow these simple instructions And see how they humble your soul;
Take a bucket and fill it with water, Put your hand in it up to the wrist, Pull it out and the hole that’s remaining Is a measure of how you’ll be missed.
You can splash all you wish when you enter, You may stir up the water galore, But stop and you’ll find that in no time It looks quite the same as before.
The moral of this quaint example Is do just the best that you can, Be proud of yourself but remember, There’s no indispensable man.
I know that I leave you in capable hands. I appreciate the vision and heart of Pastor Craig and the dedication of a truly gifted and talented staff. And so I say a fond farewell for now with a blessing from Numbers 6:24-26 (The Message Bible): “God bless you and keep you. God smile on you and gift you. God look you full in the face and make you prosper”. Thank you all.
God bless you richly,
Retired Church Administrator