To 'officially' welcome me as "Youth Pastor's Wife" to Fair Oaks Church, our women's ministry leader (Joy) planned a special morning yesterday in the women's Bible Study to fellowship, celebrate, and get to know one another better.
There was a fantastic spread of breakfast and coffee, a "Katherine Quiz", a collection of notes from all the ladies (in which they made helpful recommendations for favorite restaurants and places to go), time for me to share with the ladies (I talked about a few of the times in my life that God has spoken to me), prayer for the youth ministry, and lots and lots of love!
The outpouring of love and hospitality from this church has truly overwhelmed me. Since we've arrived, people have been so giving, loving, friendly, and supportive. I've never heard about, much less seen, such a consistent and tangible show of support to ministry leaders. Though I've never doubted that this is the place that God has called us to minister, it is so affirming to see that the congregation is just as happy to have us here! You don't know how much it means to both of us. So, on behalf of Gary and myself, thank you so very, very much.