Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A full dunking...

Last week I got to the churches and found the signs looked a bit different! 

How exciting it that?  And very weird too... 

So, as it became 'sign' official, I was fully dunked into the pool of ministry and pastordom... 

Last week, I officiated at my first memorial service.  I was petrified.  I really was.  I froze when I was called and asked to do it and it took me a while to thaw out but lucky for me, I have some amazing mentors in my life who encouraged and helped me through it.  I think it went well, as well as a memorial service can go anyway.  No one yelled at me or fired me yet so I'm taking it as a good sign. 

And then, during worship Sunday, a member became ill and we had to call an ambulance.  It scared us all terribly but the person was cared for and is on the mend. 

See what I mean when I said I was FULLY dunked into the pool of ministry and pastordom?  I didn't get to just get my feet wet for long!  Week 3 was the week of dunking.  But it felt good to be there for those who needed someone.  It felt good to be in ministry.

As I went for now, my second hospital for visits, I remember a day back in high school when Daddy was going to visit an elderly member of the church in the hospital and he insisted that I go with him.  I always thought that strange and wondered why but now I'm ever so glad that he did.  He was preparing me well for today. 

I discovered, or was reminded, last week, that God knows better than I what I am capable of doing for him and I have to tell you, that is so comforting. 

Last week was a hard week but it was good too and I'm grateful for all those who offered words of encouragement to me and those who had such confidence in me as well.  You guys all ROCK!! 



  1. Congratulations friend on everything! The Lord truly has great plans for you!!

  2. I love your memory of your father taking you to visit someone in the hospital. It is often the seemingly insignificant things at the time that God turns into greatness for His service. It sounds like you are immersed in His waters, Sherri. May your ministry be blessed!

  3. Sherri, welcome to life in the ministry. :) It sounds like you're doing what you need to as a shepherd of your "sheep". I had my first funeral not too long after I started as a half-time lay pastor (I'm no longer in that position)--started in July, funeral was in August. The family specifically requested me.

    It's amazing how God gives us experiences years, perhaps even decades before we know the why.