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Hello!

Hello! I am so excited to be able to introduce myself to you as your new Church Administrator. You may have seen me buzzing around the church during the last few weeks, or perhaps even when I was introduced to the congregation last week. I want to share a little bit about myself so you can get to know me. Likewise, I have met many of you and have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know little bits about you!

First off, anyone who knows me knows that my greatest joy and best sense of accomplishment comes from my children. I have two little blonde boys; Sawyer is a new 5 year old and Emmett is newly 3 (yes, their birthdays are just 2 years and 2 weeks apart, what was I thinking?!). I have been married to my amazing husband Scott for 8 years. We reside in Post Falls with our boys, two dogs, a cat and a guinea pig after moving from our starter home in Coeur d’ Alene last summer.

Scott is a native to Post Falls and I am a transplant from *gasps* the bay area in California. However, my family first moved here when I was about 5 so I think I have been grandfathered into being a true Idahoan! I say “first” because my family moved from Idaho to California no less than 8 times over my childhood. Speaking of my family, I come from a family of 7 children. I fall right in the middle; kind of. I am a twin so it is a controversy as to who truly holds spot 4 in the lineup! All jokes aside, my twin sister has about 2 minutes on me and boy did she use to her advantage growing up! “Respect your elders” was a phrase I heard often.

I sit here reflecting on how I came to 1st Pres. The journey to your church really started in late April 2017. This requires a bit of background. I worked at Safeway for just shy of 10 years. Starting as a Bakery Manager and moving my way up to Corporate Merchandiser (while attending college full time to earn my bachelor degree and concurrently having two babies!). In March of 2015 Safeway was acquired by Albertsons and many corporate positions including mine were eliminated. I was able to acquire a job as a Food Broker for a local company where I worked for just shy of 3 years. During my time there, I opened my own online clothing boutique. Last December I decided to take a leap and leave my full time job as a broker to work my online clothing business full time. Shortly after, I found I hated nothing more than sitting behind my computer screen at home all day! I decided I needed to find a new job.

Flash back to April 2017. My older boy Sawyer was really sick. Unknown to us, he actually had pneumonia. I was doing some work for my business while Sawyer napped upstairs. By the grace of God my husband went up to check on Sawyer and he was having a febrile seizure. His fever had spiked to just below 107. He wasn’t breathing. As the ambulance was on the way I will never forget the feeling of thinking this was it, my son was gone. I held on to his little feet and sobbed, “Please Jesus don’t take my boy, and I’ll do anything if you just don’t take him!” God spared my son. I am so thankful that he healed and has no lasting effects. From that day I viewed the world a little differently. I wanted to help, to do something meaningful and significant.

When searching for my job I prayed and patiently waited for a job that had impact and meaning. I know God brought me here for a reason and purpose. The interview process and timing as to when I got the job offer clearly show God’s hand at work. I am so grateful to be here serving you as Administrator. There is so much more to my story and I would love to share it with you in the future. For now I will leave you with my favorite passage. It has been a huge comfort to me in the past and I hope it brings you comfort and peace knowing God has a plan for you that is greater than anything you could ever imagine!

 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13 NIV

Carley Walker

 

 

Comments(12)

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    Becky Clegg says

    Carley – Welcome to 1stPres! You will find this congregation loving and fun and God inspired. It was great meeting you for a brief time. Keep asking questions and reaching out. You also have an amazing staff to rely on. I know first hand:) Becky

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      Carley Walker says

      Thank you Becky! I feel so blessed to be part of it all. If I was a betting lady I would put money on me calling you for help in the near future 🙂

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    Bev Turner says

    Welcome. I am looking forward to meeting you.

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      Carley Walker says

      I look forward to meeting you too! There are many faces to get to know!

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    Carol Landon says

    Carley,
    Welcome to our church family ! We are so excited to get to know you ! I want to echo Becky’s comment ….you have a great staff to work with!
    Blessings, Carol

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      Carley Walker says

      Thank you so much! The staff have been wonderful to work with through this transition. Each person brings unique value to the team!

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    Kathy says

    Welcome to our family!

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      Carley says

      Thank you so very much Kathy, what a wonderful welcome it has been indeed!

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    Laurie Lyons says

    So happy to have you with us as we each seek to serve the Lord as He chooses.
    Love,
    Laurie

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      Carley says

      Amen!

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    Linda Lemkau says

    Love your story, Carley. I helped with VBX and that special little boy you write about, Sawyer, was in the kdg class I was in. What a nice young man 💕 and there is no mistaking that he and Emmett are brothers! Such handsome boys!

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      Carley says

      Thank you Linda! He is such a sweet boy with a very tender heart! Thank you for serving in the group. I have to tell you that Sawyer took the little fish you made on our walk and stopped a complete stranger to “Share the love of God.” He said, “Did you know that God is always with you and that you can pray to him every week?!” It was so special to see him be so bold! I appreciate the time he had at VBX so much.

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