A Word from Pastor Linda
The Story Leadership Recognition
Over the course of 2016-2017, our whole congregation journeyed through the Bible as we read and discussed The Story in our worship, Christian Education, and small groups. Throughout this year, the Holy Spirit has blessed us through this journey in ways those of us who planned it never even imagined. Whether you read the whole book from cover to cover or only participated by coming to worship, I hope that this journey has enhanced your understanding of who God is and how God worked in the Bible, so you can better see what God is up to in your own life and in our congregation, community, and world.
This program was made possible by a whole bunch of people that we recognized at worship on June 10 and 11.
Thanks to the Mission Appeal Team for the financial support that allowed us to provide materials for The Story free of charge. We distributed over 200 copies of the adult book and lost track of the number of children and youth books and Readers’ Guides that we gave away. Many of you generously made donations to offset the course materials, and that, plus the generosity of the Mission Appeal Team, meant that everyone who wanted one got a book or a Readers’ Guide, and we even gave them away at the Farmer’s Market and folks got them for friends or grandchildren so that the impact of this journey has been felt in places we don’t even know.
The Story Leadership Team was a remarkable group of folks who met every other week through all of last summer to plan and launch this program. They designed and produced all the publicity, ordered and distributed all the materials, and organized our small groups.
We used The Story not only in our worship and preaching, but also as our Sunday School curriculum. I am grateful to our Sunday School Staff for embracing this program and for all our teachers of children and youth for bringing their enthusiasm and experience to this last year.
Finally, I want to thank our adult small group leaders. I am grateful to those who led established groups who were willing to go out on a limb and try out this congregation-wide journey, although they may have had other ideas and plans of their own. We were also blessed by leaders who were willing to start new groups and some of those new groups are planning to continue on, even though our journey through The Story has come to an end.
On a personal note, it has been a joy for me to see an idea in my head bear so much fruit, and it has been a wonderful learning and growing experience for me – both working with the Leadership Team and having the opportunity to work with and lead a number of the small groups. Thank you for all of your support and kind words throughout this journey.
The Story Leadership Team
Deacon Patrick Briggs, MiMi Cheatham, Pastor Stefan Potuznik, Gena Price, Jerry Price, Kasandra Pruyn, Deacon Jan Spees, Deborah Swinford, Mike Szydlowski, Pastor Linda Thurston, Melanie Tomaso
Sunday School and Youth Leaders and Teachers
Melanie Tomaso (Sunday School Director), Sonya Mortell (Asst. Sunday School Director), Laura Vitols, Roger Bise, Diane Connery, Damien Braude, Karen Vuchichevich, Paul Fredericks, Kelly DeStefano, Gail Ihnen, Lisa Peters, Chrissy Miller, Serena Briggs, Angela Yamashita
Adult Small Group Leaders
Deacon Patrick Briggs, Pastor Stefan Potuznik, Vivian Chandler, Don Schlenbecker, MiMi Cheatham, Deacon Jan Spees, Sandy Janusz, Mary Jane Lind, Nell McGarry, Mike Szydlowski, Carol Maxwell, Laura Vitols, Renee Weiland, Babette Zimmerman