A Word From the Pastor
Leave-taking is never easy. I often deal with it using denial; just not thinking about it and going on as if nothing is going to change. That’s the way I’ve responded to the news that Donna Etergineoso, our Administrative Assistant, will be leaving us at the end of the month. I feel like, ‘if I don’t acknowledge it, maybe it won’t happen." That’s silly but it is a coping mechanism so I don’t have to think about how sad I feel.
Donna has been an enormous asset to us as we fulfill our call to ministry and to me as the Pastor. Her skills and abilities are out-standing but it is so much more than that. It is her presence, her smile, her compassion and her can-do attitude that make the work she does so impressive and meaningful. A beautifully laid-out newsletter, a cheery hello on the phone, a bulletin that focuses us on God, a smile when you enter the office – in many tangible and intangible ways she lifts your spirit and lightens your burden. She does excellent, professional work. More significantly, she is a joyous and caring person and that makes everything she does so very special. It is a privilege to work with her and I thank God for bringing Donna to us. She is a blessing to us all.
When the time comes, I will say goodbye – with a lot of tears and a heavy heart. But until then, I’m in denial. I just want to make a good thing last as long as I possibly can.