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May 2013 Memo's (View/Download)
From the Pastor
As the PADS year comes to an end, I wanted to share with you how grateful I am for all
those who serve in this ministry of mercy; those who lead and administrate it, those who make food, and
those who get up at all hours of the night to work shifts. But then I thought I should also thank those who enable it by praying
regularly for this ministry, and for all the members of the prayer chain who pray so faithfully for the needs of all
our people. And I can't leave out those who support PADS financially with their generous gifts and all those who give sacrificially
to support the on going ministry of our church.
Then, I remember our church staff, who regularly put in more time
and effort than they are paid for. And what about the members of the Parish Planning Council, the ministry coordinators, and
the committees of people who voluntarily lead our church into mission. Danke!
Thank you to Praise Hymn, the Serendipity Choir, the instrumentalists and vocalists who so generously share their
gift of music. Munna Takk (How's your Norwegian?) to the tech crew who manages sound and projections at every worship service,
to the altar guild who works to beautify our sanctuary, and to all those who faithfully gather for worship Sunday mornings.
Ευχαριστώ to those who are at the Divine Dollars table every week. I think
of all those who serve on a Sunday to make St. Mark a warm and hospitable place. (Did you know on a given Sunday there are
35 members of our church community who are actively engaged in intentional ministry.) Thank you to the assisting ministers,
the ushers, readers, acolytes, greeters, the preparers and servers at the hospitality table, the communion servers, and the
parish nurses. Thank you to each of you who make it their business to intentionally seek out and welcome guests and visitors,
and to those who pray and watch for an opportunity to invite a guest. And გმადლობთ
to those who shovel and salt the sidewalk on a winters day, those who staff the outdoor market fair in the summer, and
those who take care of our church building all year ‘round.
Kudos go to those who volunteer in the office, to those who count the money, to those who spend long hours keeping detailed
financial records. And let us not forget those who write the checks, and balance the books. Danke schön,
to our Sunday school teachers, to those who work with our youth, and to those who teach and preach together with me.
Grasias to those who visit the sick and shut-in, and bring them communion. Thank you to those who labor in the prison ministry,
for those who pick up the Panera bread and for those who bag it every week. For those who work to help integrate new
members into the life of the church, for those who serve as sponsors, and of course, Munna tousan takk to those who publish
this monthly newsletter. And a special thank you to those of you who serve behind the scenes, but whom my forgetful brain
has neglected to mention and to thank in this letter.
are all my co-workers in Christ, and for you I give God thanks.
"Thank you for giving to the Lord, I am a life who was changed.
Thank you for giving to the Lord, I am so glad you gave!"
Your brother in Christ,
The Pastor's Pen