Celebrating Fifteen Years of Fruitful Ministry

Well, it is hump day and I hope your week is going better than you could have hoped. For me, often the challenges I face during the week are about the perspective with which I face each new challenge. Perspective is an important thing for each of us in all we do.

One area of perspective I want to shed light upon deals with a key staff member who will be retiring from the Ministry Staff of Church of the Servant. “Who is it?” you ask.  She started on October 15 of 2003. In that same year, Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected Governor of California, Lord of Rings: The Return of the King was a block-buster hit, and I was five days shy of celebrating the birth of my first child, Mackenzie.  I can hear you now, “Who is it, Matthew?”

Cathy Hersom, Director of Children’s Ministry, has formally asked to retire on the final Sunday of June this year. Doing this was not easy for her and will not be easy for the staff or the members of our church. It will definitely not be easy for the children Cathy lovingly serves day in and day out.

As we begin to prepare to celebrate fifteen years of fruitful ministry, I ask you to surround Cathy and Church of the Servant in prayer. My hope is that a new Children’s Minister will be in place by June 1st. This will enable a careful and intentional transition. Thankfully, Cathy plans to remain part of the Servant family.

To prepare for the transition and hire of the best possible person to serve our Children, I want to invite each of you to consider yourself a stakeholder in Children’s Ministry and to attend one of two important Discovery Sessions. These Discovery Sessions will enable all our voices to be heard in an important way. Scott Smith and I will be leading these sessions, and we hope to hear your hopes and dreams for our future.

  • Children’s Ministry Discovery Session I:  Sunday, March 4, 12:30—1:30
  • Children’s Ministry Discovery Session II: Wednesday, March 7, 6:30—7:30

These two sessions will have the same format; participants should plan to attend only one meeting. The locations of the meetings will be announced the week of the sessions.

Finally, please let Cathy know how much she has meant to you, your family and others. Yes, we are entering into a season of change.  In the months ahead, be looking for more information about how we will honor Cathy for the GREAT THINGS GOD HAS, IS and WILL DO through her!

With the perspective of Senior Minister and a Dad of two of Cathy’s Kids at COS,

Matthew