So much of the work we do to serve others is hands on. I guess that’s why they call it God’s work, our hands. Council members not only meet once a month to keep the church on track, they also lend a hand.
JT and Ken Smith led 2019’s God’s Work, Our Hands service project; Bryant King made us all safer with his CPR and AED training; Joannne Dumler worked closely with JT on Sunday School; Emma Chanimbaga kept track of our monthly attendance and offerings, making detailed monthly reports; Linda Siegele made an impact for years to come, putting together our new church directory; Susan Collins’ work perfectly lived our name as Treasurer; John Krueger made sure all things musical (human and machine) built a solid musical foundation for our services; Chandler Wilhelm steered the Long Range Planning Committee, strengthening our financial foundation; Betsy Riggs kept all of us in line and informed, selflessly lending her ear and assistance; and Pastor Jim’s presence constantly reminded us to remember why we serve on Council.
I’m thankful that I was able to meet so many in the congregation that I may not have otherwise come to know. I learned that going to the “other service” now and then painted a more complete picture of our family. I profited greatly from support voiced by so many in the congregation, and I’m going to follow that example by offering my support to Chandler and the rest of the 2020 Church Council.
Finally, I want to thank God for Christ the Servant. Was it luck that made my brother call Pastor Jim in the summer of 2015 to ask if he used screens to project the words of the songs used in the services? Was it just lucky that Pastor Jim said we’d never have that as long as he was here? I don’t think so. Sounds like the Holy Spirit to me. I only planned to come with my dad for a few services until he felt comfortable enough to come on his own, then I met Pastor Jim. Those few services turned into years of worship, solid new friendships, and opportunities to serve at a most wonderful house of God. For that, I’ll always be grateful.
Thanks be to God and to all of you.
No longer President!