David Pressgrove: Taking the space to say 'thank you'

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No theology for me this time around in the faith column. I want to take this space to simply say "thank you."

In February, I spent a week at what Young Life calls, "Area Director School." It was basically a management class for people like myself throughout our international ministry.

One of the speakers that week emphasized that one aspect that area directors need to be good at is saying "thank you."

Since we rely completely on others supporting us by giving time, encouragement or finances, Young Life directors ask a lot of favors and/or are the beneficiaries of the grace and provision of others.

Sometimes that's amazing, and other times, the cookie jar or encouragement is a little empty.

Sometimes in ministry, at least in my experience, on the worst days (and typically on days I haven't spent enough time in the Word or in silence or in prayer) it can feel like a thankless and lonely job.

People on the outside like to ask, "What do you really have to do other than prepare a message on Sunday (or in my case) hang out with adolescents once or twice a week?"

I don't feel like I'm under the what-exactly-is-it-that-you-do microscope right now.

We are coming off of a great dessert banquet April 19. We had more than 30 community businesses or individuals sponsor the banquet.

We had more than 160 people attend and probably 30 people behind the scenes helping it happen. People came alongside me and offered anything they could. As I told the banquet attendees, Paul wrote that people who are a part of carrying out the Great Commission have beautiful feet. To all of you who were a part of our banquet, you have beautiful feet, thank you.

Two weeks later, the Craig Rotary Club presented us a check to help us to continue to walk alongside the youth of this area. The members there were complimentary and encouraging, and it was the highlight of my week. Thank you.

Finally, to anyone who has been a friend to Jennifer and me, thank you. We appreciate your friendship and support.

Baccalaureate

On May 20, the Craig Ministerial Alliance has organized the annual baccalaureate service for graduating seniors. We'd like to invite anyone to come and celebrate the Class of 2009.

It's a simple way the community can pray for, worship with, and encourage our graduates as they look to what's next.

It would be a great statement if we had a great turnout at 7 p.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church, 678 School St.

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