Hope Community Church is my home. It is where I have “grown up” in my faith, raised 5 kids, and attended for the past 24 years. For the last 17 years I have had the privilege of serving as the accountant here at Hope. There are no words to adequately describe the influence this place has had on my life and how much it and its people have changed me. I have sat under Pastor Steve Weldon’s teaching and learned to love the unlovable, to have a heart of compassion for the lost, and to welcome fellow sinners along this faith journey with me. I have sat in Pastor Tom and Pastor Bill’s offices and been blessed with compassionate counseling on how to navigate the chaos in my life, from kid issues to theological questions, they have been a faithful and wise influence in my life. The Hope staff and so many of you are my very best friends. What an incredible gift that is! To know that Pastor Nick’s door is open and he is willing to lift me in prayer when circumstances seem hopeless and celebrate when they are good is truly a gift. He is a Godly leader and we are so blessed to have him. We are truly blessed to call ourselves Hopesters!
This past week, I have made one of the most difficult decisions of my life and it is only difficult because of the friendships I have built with you all over the past 17 years. After a lot of thought and prayer, I have accepted the position of Foundation Accounting Officer at Butler County Community College where I will start on August 12th. I truly believe this new position is a gift to my family from the Father, but it doesn’t make it any easier to step away from a job and the people that I have grown to love.
Shane and I have been at Hope for the past 24 years. It is our home and will continue to be so. Shane is firmly committed and established in his role at Hope and that will not change and we will continue to worship here every Sunday. This is a wonderful financial opportunity for me and my family that I cannot pass up.
I have fully enjoyed and thrived for the last 17 years as the Accountant at Hope and am committed to helping transition a new person into this role in whatever way I can help. I am willing to support that new person with training and helping with questions and decisions as long as they need.
Hope will always be my home and primary place of service and that, God willing, will not change. This has been an extremely difficult decision as my coworkers at Hope are my best friends. There are absolutely no issues or reasons for my departure other than being ready for a new challenge, being excited to re-enter the secular workplace loving people in the name of Christ, and meeting the financial needs of my family. I have the utmost respect and love for all of the pastor’s and staff here at Hope and it makes me very sad to leave but this is the new path the Father is leading me down and I am excited to see where it leads!
See you next Sunday, as always,