Good morning and I hope you've enjoyed your Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
I bet we have lots of new members to welcome to the unofficial PC(USA) web ring this week. Welcome, all of you! Unfortunately, Ring Surf is presently unwilling to share the pending memberships awaiting approval. Alas.
So, in the meantime, if you've filled out a Ring Surf application, haven't had a formal welcome here, and don't see your blog linked in the sidebar (below, right) please let me know!
Email pcusablog AT gmail DOT com and I'll add you to the blog roll manually. (There's not much I can do about Ring Surf, unfortunately.)
After our congregational meeting today we had a retirement reception for a church volunteer. All churches depend heavily on volunteers, but this guy really went above and beyond. He served as the Clerk of Session for many years, was the director of lay ministry, ran our annual 8-week officer training course, participates on many committees, was the A/V guy, had an office with the rest of the staff (and a church email address and full time office hours) and generally always knows what's going on. He will be missed! Of course, he won't be missed - he'll still be a very active church member - but all the behind-the-scenes things he managed will now fall to other hands. As one member asked today, "what army will replace Jim?"
One of the things I most respect about Jim as a leader is his nurturing of other leaders. He was never out to control situations or amass power for himself; he is all about responsibility and encouraging others to step up into leadership roles.
Does your church have a Jim?