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New chapters often do come with transitions. Over the past several months, Amber, our Associate Student Minister, has prayerfully discerned the Lord's calling to a new adventure in ministry. Her last day at Christ Church will be August 17.
I’m so thankful for Amber. I’ve seen just what an amazing leader, teacher, and minister she’s been to our students. She is an inspiring model of what Paul wrote to Timothy: “present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).
I invite you to read Amber's farewell note below and join me in prayer as she leaves staff. We wish her all the best and I know we are all so thankful for her time here at Student Ministry.
Please join me in prayer for our students as well as we look to the new chapter ahead of us this fall.
First of all, I am so proud of you. In two years I have watched you grow—in stature, patience, your sense of humor, your hunger for and understanding of your Creator. I’ve watched you befriend each other, and get mad, and work out problems. I’ve watched you start to read the Bible, or pray, or worship Jesus, maybe for the first time because you actually want to. I have watched you begin to understand what the life of Christ might mean for you. Watching that dawn on you is like watching a sunrise. I am so proud of you and see that you have so much going for you, so much ahead of you that you can be excited about!
Before I say goodbye, I want to leave you with a final word: Don’t settle.
Don’t settle for less than being God’s child, 100%, no matter what anyone says you should look like, or what clothes to buy, or what memes to know, or how many people should love your Instagram, or whether you have the right kind of phone. Those things don’t mean much. They're not you. And God sees you—you as you really are—and He is always hopeful for you. Don't settle!
When I was in my early 20’s, I was seeing a counselor about anxiety. I wanted to know how to really live the life God had given me and not be so afraid all of the time. One day at the end of our session he looked at me and said, “I think you’re ready for a change. Go West, young woman!” What he meant was this: be a pioneer in your own life. Find where God is challenging you to grow, and instead of avoiding it, go for it and see what happens. Don’t settle!
I remembered those exact words when I moved to Texas two years ago. I did go West—literally! And God put me with you. But I've heard those words again in my heart, and I’m trying to listen carefully.
I’m really excited for the next adventure. Please keep me in your prayers, as I have prayed for you!
I have had such a great adventure with YOU, and I am very, very grateful! How talented you are—how artistic, how musical, how sensitive, how hilarious, how witty and intelligent, how kind, how passionate, how athletic and strong, how graceful, how tasteful, how creative! How beloved and lovable you are! Stay in church; build each other up as a community. Deacon Creighton is already taking such good care of you. Love your leaders and listen to them!
You have taught me so much, my friends, and I will miss you!
In His love,
P.S. Here’s my email if you want to keep in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rev. W. Creighton FriedrichCurate for Student Discipleship
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