I am spending every free minute preparing for two events: Speaker for three sessions at the PAUMCS National Conference (United Methodist Support Staff) here in Phoenix and my book launch. As much as I enjoy working on these projects, I am missing writing–creative writing and am looking forward to continuing to work on “Preachin’ to the Pastor…and Anyone Else Who Will Listen”. Please consider sending me your stories of working in the church office. I’m looking for the good, the bad, and yes, the ugly things that go on that you’d like to tell your pastor about but are afraid of being fired! Go to my website for more information http://souly4youbylindagillis.
Now for a word of encouragement for humpday from page 22 of “The Donut Theory”
Lord, doesn’t it bother you that my sister has left me
to do all the work by myself?Luke 10:40
Jane served as the receptionist and membership secretary in our office. She’d slip behind her desk a few minutes before the office opened, could grab the phone receiver while pulling off her coat and tell the caller what time the Welcome Committee would be meeting, without looking at the calendar. I never needed to water the ivy on my desk, make coffee, or remind her to get ushers lined up for a funeral. At the end of the day, she’d put on her coat and shuffle toward the door yawning and muttering, “I’m pooped.” Her middle name must have been Martha.
Amy helped Jane with the phones and assisted anyone who needed an extra pair of hands. She’d chat with a mother whose child was at choir rehearsal, linger after staff meetings until everyone went back to their office, and as she passed by Jane’s desk, would flash her Shirley Temple smile and recite, “Sorry, Jane, I hope the phones weren’t ringing off the desk.” I wanted to ask her if her middle name was Mary.
A model assistant would be what I call an M&M—a combination of the biblical sisters Mary and Martha, one who shows up on time eager to serve, but knows when to shift into neutral and sit at the knee of someone who needs to talk. An M&M would look for opportunities to make a difference in how well the office runs for everyone.
Some days I’m a Mary; others days a Martha. My goal is to be an M&M.
Dear Lord, let us learn to be a little of Mary and Martha,
Rhode Islanders love their donuts. The density of donut shops is so thick that there is one shop for every 4,700 residents in the state.