It’s hard for me to believe I have been on staff as coordinator for senior ministries for a year this month, a position the Lord opened up and has used to bless me in many ways.
John and I moved to Newberg in 1985 with two young boys—Jamie, 5, and Mark, 3—for John to teach at George Fox. I was a stay-at-home mom until the boys were in school, then began working at Friendsview Retirement Community (in what was then called the infirmary) while John was home in the evenings. Later I worked as a medical assistant and eventually took a position at Providence Newberg Hospital. All told, I worked in the medical field for 20-plus years.
Caring for young and old alike has been a huge blessing. I have found that my love for reaching out to hold a hand, pray, and walk through a difficult time is truly a gift from the Lord.
After I retired from Providence Health Systems, I had more time to spend with my grandchildren, something I had longed to do. When this position opened up I thought about applying but did not think I would qualify. But my daughter-in-law urged me to look into it. So I did, and now I enjoy the best of both worlds!
I have been truly blessed to be involved with “my” Just Older Youth—visiting, eating lunch with them, praying with them, helping hang some pictures as we visit. I listen to their concerns, whether everyday things or health matters. I listen as they tell me about their growing-up years, their recent years, and their adventures.
Even more blessings include the JOY Breakfasts (which occur on the first Monday of every month at J’s Restaurant for food and one-on-one fellowship) and the day trips that Arnie Mitchell coordinates to various locations of interest, such as the tulip festival and the bird refuge.
I also enjoy time with my teammates at our Tuesday-morning meeting and lunch. It’s such a joy to get to know each one better as we share the life of the church through prayer for the congregation and planning events.
Yes! I am truly blessed.