In 1994 I was working full time as a school principal. I was also immersed in my daughter’s struggles with a devastating eating disorder. That was the year I joined Old First and quickly found in this community a place of refuge, encouragement, strength and hope.
The ministry I immediately joined was the choir and subsequently the Worship and Music Committee, as we called it then. I never thought I would serve Old First in a different role but in 2009 when asked, I did help with administrative tasks as we waited to invite a new pastor, Reverend Caine.
Becoming familiar with the workings of our various outreach programs and other ministry has been both a blessing and at times challenging. As those who know me are well aware, I am not a very patient person when it comes to getting things done. If it needs organizing, cleaning, repairing I’ll work, or nag, to get it done.
You may wonder how this character trait of mine serves Old First. Simply, over the past several years, as I served on the Property Team, I began to see the need to ensure that our buildings are able to house the ministries we hold dear: the shelter, the food/clothing cupboard, the work camps, Christian Education and above all our worship of God each and every Sunday.As a good steward of what God has entrusted to our care, I believe I am responsible to help maintain the structures in which to carry out not only weekly worship but also all the other programs my time, talents and treasures support.
Simply put, if the heating, air conditioning, plumbing, and electrical systems are not working, then our programs cannot take place. I am asking you to consider supporting the capital campaign not only because it will help to give our sanctuary a face lift but because it will also ensure the long delayed improvements in our internal structures (HVAC; electrical; sound system) which will help sustain our current outreach programs.
God has blessed me immensely. I have seen God’s grace and mercy sustain and rebuild the life of my daughter, reestablish once broken relationships with family members and above all allowed me to continue to serve Jesus in this place. I intend to do so for many years to come.
It is for this reason that I have happily made my commitment to the Capital Campaign and invite you to do the same.