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More Changes…

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Jan 7, 2008 in Family Stuff

So you all know that I’m going to be going back to work soon (change number one).

And…I’m switching to a ‘hobby’ Stampin’ Up! demonstrator instead of a ‘business’ demonstrator (change number two).

And…that I won’t be teaching at Rowan University next semester (change number three – did I mention this on my blog yet? I was bumped from my spring class by a full-time professor who needed another class).

And…that my kids will be starting the before-and-after-school program at their elementary school (change number four).

And…that I really don’t like change.

But this weekend, I received news of another change. Our senior pastor is leaving our church.

I am the chairperson of the Staff/Parish Relations Committee in our church (basically the Methodist Church’s equivalent to a human resources department) and so I first received the news late last week. Our pastor announced it to the congregation yesterday during the church services.

I have been on this committee for two years and in that time, we have lost an associate pastor, gained another associate pastor, lost that associate pastor, moved into a brand new church building, hired a youth pastor, retired a secretary, hired a secretary, lost that secretary (after one week), brought a secretary out of retirement, hired a new secretary, re-retired a secretary and then hired three brand new custodians.

That’s a lot of change.

But I wasn’t ready for this. This is a BIG change.

Our pastor was one of the main reasons I went back to church after so many years. She is relatable, personable, a strong woman and above all is gifted spiritual leader. It is because of her that my own faith has strengthened so much over the last few years – well…because of her and because of God. But she certainly helped! :)

She’ll be here for another six months while we transition and find a new pastor.

I still have one more year on the committee – my second year as the committee chair.

And I have so much change in my life right now.

I know God will lead me to where he wants me to be…but it’s still difficult (what with me being such a control-freak and all).

Someone gave the analogy the other day of life being like a puzzle – try as we might, we just can’t see how all of the pieces will eventually fit together. That’s because we’re not the ones with the lid – God has that. Only God can see the full photograph of the entire puzzle that’s on that lid to the puzzle box. And there’s no use even trying to put a puzzle together without the lid, right?…

 
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January Thaw

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Jan 7, 2008 in Today's Photo

We had a really nice warm day today – it was 64 degrees!  The kids had a chance to get outside and play for the first (and probably last) time in a while. 

Here is some of their sidewalk chalk art:

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