As we end the month of October which is Pastor/Clergy Appreciation Month and enter November, the month of Thanksgiving, I am thankful for the staff, members and attenders at Stonebridge Church.
This past Friday, November 7th I finished my second round of working on staff at Stonebridge. I first started working there as an assistant for Pastor Randy, our senior pastor and part assistant for one of our adult pastors, Jason Poling. This past year of working at Stonebridge, I have helped as a Children's assistant with our Director, Melissa Majorins. It has been a complete joy and a hard decision to leave these great people once again.
Working at Stonebridge has so incredibly grown my faith and knowledge of God and for this I am extremely thankful and blessed. It says in 1 Thessalonians 5:11, "Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing." The environment that is in the church office at Stonebridge is real. If you walk in and someone asks you, 'how you are doing', they mean it. They are not looking for a pat answer and want to encourage you if you need someone to listen or need some of God's truth's spoken to you. Pastor Jason is the one that introduced me to Biblical Counseling while I was working as his assistant. Taking some classes and learning how to use scripture for my own life and in others has transformed my thoughts, feelings and actions everyday to bring me closer to God!
Churches are made up of a bunch of people that are sinners and do hurtful things to each other. So...in my time I have witnessed and experienced many happenings of this but also had the opportunity to see conflict dealt with in a manner that would imitate Jesus Christ and reconciliation. When Christ is in us and we allow God to help us navigate life, the Gospel shines through to everyone we have contact with!
I also want to take time to thank the many people that attend Stonebridge who I have had great experiences working alongside and for their commitment to our church. It takes many hands to minister to everyone that goes to church there, especially the children. I am so thankful that God continues to help me love people!
As I start my journey as a full-time stay at home mom with our son, I am excited. I am so much better equip to minister to him at home now because of the great people at Stonebridge that God has used to disciple me and will continue to use.
If you attend Stonebridge, we have a lot to be thankful for. God is doing amazing work in us all and through our church. Be praying for our staff and leaders as we continue this race that has been marked out for us as we share with others about Jesus Christ!
And don't forget to "Be joyful always, pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18