Thankful much??

2 Nov

I probably won’t do the “30 Days of Thanks” thing that everyone is doing on Facebook.  But there are very specific people and things for which I am thankful.  After a week like this, I’ve seen it in many of those around me.  For this blog entry, I will focus on one group that works hard, and their hard work makes my life much easier.

The ministers at Ebenezer are in constant motion, working hard to make all of the things that happen at EBC go as smoothly as possible.  It really is funny to me that people think our church staff does very little or nothing … first of all, they’ve never really looked at our calendar that is booked with events almost every day!!  (And getting busier as Thanksgiving and Christmas approach)

I am thankful for Ed.  He works so hard to serve, not only in worship ministry and with our music ministry, but in so many other areas.  Areas that are intangible because you have no idea he is doing them.  He doesn’t boast or brag about it … In fact, NONE of these folks do.  Ed brings a spiritual maturity and wisdom to his leadership AND he brings great value to our staff with his mechanical and audio/visual abilities (for which we would pay THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS for if we hired contractors to do those parts of what he does).

I am thankful for Pam.  She really is the glue that holds many things together.  Again, behind the scenes and not seeking the spotlight at all … In fact, she will RUN from the spotlight if she sees it coming.  And if you removed her from most of what EBC does as a church, you would lose the BACKBONE of that event.  She enables volunteers and protects the integrity of the big picture of EBC as she understands it. And every few people even realize this …

I am thankful for Andi.  She is creative, highly motivated, and dedicated to not only children’s ministry at EBC but to the big picture as well.  She loves kids, loves parents and families, and is a perfectionist.  She loves her computer, but does threaten to put a brick through it from time to time … (Dean and I have contemplated removing it and giving her an abacus and a chalkboard instead).  She loves EBC, she sees what God is doing, and she gets it.

I am thankful that God already knows who will join us soon to continue our Student Ministry.  We all pray that this person will jump in, mesh well, and work hard with us to fulfill God’s vision for EBC.  And I am thankful that this person will jump into a line of great student ministers who have gone before and paved the way up to today.  I am still thankful for the ministries of Justin and Wes and all they did to move our student ministry to the place it is in today.

I will write another entry about staff members as time allows.  Because in those times when God calls me to storm into a burning building, these folks are the ones that are RIGHT BESIDE ME charging as hard as they can go!!  And I am most thankful for them!!

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