Moving Forward Together

Moving Forward Together
What is the most difficult decision you have ever made? What factors did you consider in making the decision? One of the questions we might ask in making a decision is, “Who will be affected?”
Every time we attend a Presbytery Gathering we are asked to make decisions. Most often a group of people familiar with the subject has thoughtfully pondered and discussed it over a period of time. Then the Presbytery carefully and prayerfully decides after discussion and debate. When I was in college, I frequently attended worship at a nearby Quaker meeting. Serving as a Resident Assistant responsible for a floor with 67 women, the silent prayerful atmosphere of the Friend’s meeting provided a welcome time of centering on God. Quakers make decisions differently, waiting patiently for consensus.
Sitting in silence, listening for God’s “still small voice,” is one of my frequent spiritual disciplines. The more anxiety I experience from others and within myself, the more I need to be still and listen. Certainly during the past several months as the Presbytery has made difficult decisions about structure and staffing, I have spent time in silence, listening, and I know many of you have as well. Please continue to pray for the Presbytery as we transition to a new Mission Design. And for the Presbytery staff as we face changes.
The Personnel Team has met with members of staff to discuss next steps and offer options. Over the next several months, we will be saying good-bye to some staff members who have served the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy well over many years. I hope you will take time to appreciate the service they have rendered faithfully to the Church and to thank them.
Another challenge facing the Presbytery concerns the disposition of the funds received in the Bonhomme settlement. Already several people have approached me about how the funds “should” be spent. At our recent Presbytery Gathering, Giddings-Lovejoy members were elected to serve on the teams and commissions of our new structure. Orientation will take place on May 12. The Presbytery will be better able to develop a budget and financial plan once our new design is functioning.
Let us pray for the newly elected members of teams and commissions, and may God’s grace abound in the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy.
Blessings,
The Presbytery Leader- Anita Hendrix