Thankful for Seasons of Anticipation…
As I reflect on the season of Thanksgiving – a favorite holiday for me, I come grateful for the opportunity to be in place as a Church Administrator, mostly a non-anxious presence during yet another time of transition. Many of our churches are “between pastors”, our presbyteries may be experiencing reorganization – various times of uncertainty. But, the administrative staff remains serving as a bridge between the past and present, ready to flex with certain change. I am grateful to our God, who knows what is ahead, and am reminded to trust in Him daily. How appropriate that next we enter the season of Advent: a time of waiting and anticipation! This year our church families will be following the Advent devotional calendar guide, “Counting Our Blessings” (published by Presbyterians Today) as we await the celebration of our Lord’s birth.
As I glanced through it, this particular prayer resonated with me: “Lord Jesus, let a deepening love for you give order to my every thought and shape to all my days.” Wow: a deepening love for You gives structure and purpose to each day…thank you God for that reminder. I am so grateful to Tims Church for investing in continuing education, equipping staff to serve faithfully, as we flow with the changing tides.
Are your church administrative staff members certified? The Book of Order, in G-2.1101 and G-2.1102, recognizes and encourages all of our PC(USA) churches to make provision for Certified Church Service. The professional training, networking, and spiritual fellowship are an eternal investment in our work to further God’s kingdom here and beyond. If someone asks, who are these APA people? The answer is: We are a diverse, intelligent, joyful, hard-working bunch, who sense our call strongly, and have a desire to remain equipped for the tasks before us. Peruse our national website at http://www.pcusa-apa.org/ to learn more.
Then go to our Florida Region website (www.floridaapa.org) for more information on joining APA, or feel free to contact me at any time. It is my pleasure to hear from you. Save the date for our next Florida Region Conference in Delray Beach, May 14-18, 2014. I am so thankful for all of you. May you be blessed in myriad ways during these seasons of thanksgiving and anticipation. Emmanuel - God is with us!
With Joyful Anticipation and Peace,
Sharon Gowdy, CA I Membership Chair Florida Region of the APA firstname.lastname@example.org 813.949.1239
FLORIDA REGIONAL CONFERENCE May 14-18, 2014
APA NATIONAL CONFERENCE October 16-18, 2014