Thank you Susan
We have some staff news to share with our congregation. Our Director of Children’s Ministries, Susan McLain, will be retiring from her job of 11 ½ years. She has done an outstanding job and leaves behind a good foundation to build upon for the future. She will be missed as Children’s Director. We will miss her as a church and I know by our staff. Over the next few weeks, I know you are going to want to join me and thank her for her many contributions to the children’s ministry.
As I am writing this tribute, I am imagining the thousands of children and parents who have benefited from Susan’s leadership for over a decade. This would include eleven different Vacation Bible Schools, Blue Lake Camp, Fish Factory, Summer Camp, FCA, and many other weekly programs along with special events. The number of children influenced would be immeasurable.
Also, noteworthy are the hundreds of volunteers that Susan has recruited and put to work in this time. The Vacation Bible Schools alone have assembled an army of volunteers. Under Susan’s leadership, the children’s ministry has become not only vibrant within our church but also extending into the community. Programs such as After School Care, Bus ministry, and FCA have expanded the outreach for Shalimar UMC. We are indebted to Susan for leading the children’s ministry fruitfully all of this time, through transitions in the church, and bearing fruit for the Kingdom!
Where do we go from here? Our SPR has put together an interim plan for our immediate future. In the next few months, two dynamic persons from Susan’s team over the last eleven and half years, will serve as interims. They are Jennifer Leibold and Dawn Rozofsky. These two outstanding ladies will split the duties. We always knew Susan did the work of two people! In January, the SPR will begin addressing the needs present and future of our children’s ministry. They will also begin seeking a new director to fill this position hopefully for the next 11 ½ years! We know good things are ahead for thechildren’s ministry at Shalimar UMC!
When she retires, Susan will be spending time with her family. Also, we want to thank Mike, Katie, and Molly for sharing Susan with us. We know she has served above and beyond the hours required by her job description. Our staff often acknowledges we see the staff more than our own families. We pray the additional time together for the McLain family will be a blessed and favored one from the Lord. One more good word is that Susan tells me Shalimar UMC will remain her church home. We pray God’s blessing on this new chapter in Susan’s life and want to say THANK YOU SUSAN!