January 15th, 2008
|03:07 pm - (this post not about work)|
Seriously. I was giving myself a talking-to about being thankful for what I have, and to suck it up and do my job (thanks, dodger_winslow, for giving my internal scolder John's voice and epithets), and it wasn't working all that well, but I was getting work done.
Then I received an email from Michael, with whom I co-lead Stephen Ministries at my church. I knew that my church has had some budgetary setbacks recently, and had to let some of the paid staff go, but I was unaware of one very key fact:
One of those let go was Brenda, pastor of Caring Ministries, under whom I've been serving for 4 years. She had great vision and drive to grow such ministries within our church (prayer teams, grief support groups, a brand-new 12-step program called Celebrate Recovery, as well as her own counseling and seminars on healthy relationships and so on). All of these will be turned over to another member of the pastoral staff.
This news kind of knocked me for a loop. Unexpected. Frustrating, especially that myself and my people (whom this most affects, aside from those coming to Brenda for counsel) were not told straight out about this. Afraid that these vital ministries are going to get swept under the rug without their champion. And suddenly realizing that I'm going to be the one responsible for screening people who want a Stephen Minister (we don't deal with a few types of cases, including substance abuse or others clearly in need of professional care).
I'm only 27! And I really didn't see this coming. God will provide, and I'm sure I'll cope. But good golly gosh.... My head feels like it's about to explode.
Current Mood: shocked
Oh dear, it's always extra stressful dealing with upheaval like this. *hugshugshugs* I'm sorry you're going to have to deal with this, but I know you'll rise to the challenge splendidly, and you never know, your being the person in that position may be very important in some big plan of God's.
*laughs* Well, only God knows why I should be the one in this position. Maybe that's so! (Like Quantum Leap. Heh.)
Are you involved at all in Celebrate Recovery? I took that program a few years ago, and it changed my life.
I'm not directly involved, no, but I know the team who is getting it up and running. Everyone in Caring Ministries is pretty excited about it, because we've needed a program like this at our church for a long time; and there's a ton of interest from the congregation.
::hug:: God will provide.
Yes. Yes, he will. Thank you.
I feel like I'm collecting hugs or something. It's not on purpose! ;-)
And thank you.
Hugs are for when one is too inarticulate to say anything comforting/encouraging.
And they work even over the internet, which is strange and yet wonderful.
Wow, I'm sorry. That's intensely sucky.
Maybe it's gonna be an adventure?
HUGS. (And thank you for the lovely e-card! Made my morning.)
*hugs* Mysterious ways, and all that - praying for you, love.
Awww, thank you! *hugs back* Mysterious ways indeed. :-) (that icon? is adorable.)
Sinfest is pretty darn good at adorable, even if the character in that icon is usually the worst kind of stereotypical fundie twit - I just loved the image too much not to snag it. There's lots of really awesome pro-christian stuff in Sinfest (as well as anti-religion, and pro-buddest, and anti-devil, and loads open to interpretation) Seymore just usually isn't the source of it.