But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.
Thanks to God for 8 Years of Erin
To the Philippians, Paul mentioned “these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life” (Philippians 4:3).
Erin Dung is a remarkably gifted and skilled woman who has labored at my side for eight years, helping publish the church newsletter, the weekly worship folders for the individual services on all the campuses, the summer magazines, these blog posts, and myriad other tasks. She prepares the documents and ballots for the strategy meetings; if you have cast a ballot at a church business meeting in the last eight years, Erin handled that very piece of paper. She catches my mistakes before they go public. She reminds me of stuff I need reminding of. She tracks information, prepares documents, and helps keep me organized.
Erin has resigned to take a salaried position (starting next week) at another organization here in the Twin Cities. (Her vacancy will be filled by Ruth Gulbranson, who has served as the Church Clerk and most recently as Ministry Assistant for Family Discipleship, North Campus.)
Lord, thank you for giving gifts to your church, and for giving some of those gifts through the person of Erin. Thank you for winning her heart as a worshiper of Jesus, a lover of missions, and a diligent servant of thousands of people. Protect her and provide for her as she transitions into this next chapter of her life.
Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.