Church Board Prayers - Week 17
It was early June 2001, Amanda and I looked at each other, with anticipation and a whole lot of fear (at least for me!) and smiled as we said, “Tomorrow at this time we will no longer be a couple, we’ll be a family.” Claire was a planned C-Section because she wouldn’t cooperate with the doctor. Because she was planned and the first grandchild on both sides of the family we had a hospital full of visitors. She was the first, our first and she changed us.
That change was expected, we knew it was coming, but what followed no one could have described. In fact many had tried to tell us (at times maybe warn us) about what we were heading into. I could describe the fact that until she was 7 she didn’t sleep through the night. I could tell you that she wouldn’t take a bottle for me when Amanda went back to work, but no one believed me until she wouldn’t take one for grandma either! Oh, there are so many other moments when she changed our lives, making it so much better. Then Kate joined our family. Already having one we were now ready, or so we thought, for the second. The start was a bit rocky, we seemed to hit every bump in the road and then I held her for the first time. I don’t know what I expected, but it has been so much better. Same parents and yet so very different. Yeah Kate’s punishment at 2 was to take away her makeup, who knew that was a method of parenting! Learn as you go, I’ll likely never write a parenting book!
This weekend we celebrate the ministry of Jack and LeAnn McCormick. For some of us Jack and LeAnn are the only pastors we have ever known. They have been with us through life’s many events. The list would go on for pages if we began to outline all of the things they have been a part of in the last 33 years. I count Jack and LeAnn as not only pastors, but friends, as so many of us do. As I write these things I feel like I am saying goodbye, as though this is the end. The great news is that it is simply a new beginning. As Jack and LeAnn take a step into their new phase of life, Manteno Church of the Nazarene steps into a new phase as well.
For some of us we may be saying, “Well soon we will no longer have Jack and LeAnn as our pastors, things will be different.” We have the awesome privilege of allowing Ken and Teresa to step in to begin a new phase in their ministry, leading our Manteno church family. Our hope is that the days ahead are even better than the days we have already seen. We will have changes, there will be some firsts ahead of us and I look forward to journeying through those adventures together.
Join me and the rest of your church leadership team in praying for Manteno Church of the Nazarene and our pastoral staff team.
Pray for Jack and LeAnn as they adjust to this new phase of life and continue to serve the church and enjoy time with family and friends.
Pray for Ken and Teresa as they step into their roles leading our church and adjust to changes in their ministry.
Pray for Amy and Lance and their ministry to our kids and their families.
Pray for Hannah and David as they adjust to ministry and marriage serving our teens and their families.