August 15, 2016 marks the anniversary of my first Monday at North Holland. I can’t believe I’ve been a Pastor for nearly a year! I’ve definitely been in a reflective space as I consider all that I am learning about myself and about ministry over the past twelve months…
“Pastor Audrey! How was Alaska?”
“Yeah… wow… it’s just Alaska.”
Is it strange that if I have a daughter some day, I’d like to name her Alaska? It has to be one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen… so many gorgeous mountains, colors, smells, and hikes. Who knew somewhere with absurdly late sunsets could be that stunning.
One year ago this Thursday, my Grandpa Bill died.
I miss him.
This past weekend was our fourth Ridder retreat (my second) in northern Michigan. Ridder is “an intensive, two-year process that includes leadership development for pastors and a team of six lay leaders from each church.” Through five three-day retreats, homework assignments between retreats, faith-walking, and lots and lots of accountability, we learn to equip ourselves as disciples and leaders (snagged some of that from the Ridder Church Renewal page off the RCA’s website). North Holland has been participating for two years.
Well, it’s been a minute since I popped on the blogosphere. Life has certainly been crazy – my job picked up pretty significantly, my old apartment has been extra cranky, and my mind is whirring with all the things.
Cool things from February:
- first Winter Retreat with my middle school youth group was a success!
- co-led our Elder and Consistory meetings due to Steven’s absence
- hosted a Ladies Night fundraiser, and became the last minute speaker (obvi I took a stab at the Proverbs 31 woman)
- spent lots of time crafting a schedule that prioritizes self-care / exercise