An important bit of family business.
Good afternoon, church! I wanted to make sure that you all know about an important change that was announced this morning at our Christ's Church Albany service. The below is the text:

Jon Hentrich:
One of the things I love about this church is what we call the “WE.” That church is not a building, or an organization, but a group of people. And together “WE” want to reach our community! We want to love Jesus, each other, and the world. 

We are a church family. Today we have some important family news to share with you. To intro this check out this video.

Patti Gibbons:

I have a story to tell you. One afternoon, about 2 years ago, I got together for coffee with a guy I met a decade ago at a youth workers network lunch. That guy was Jon Hentrich, who over the years mentioned a few times about how he was feeling more and more strongly about starting a church in our Albany neighborhood. 

And guess what? Here we are, just finishing a Sunday service in an Elks Lodge. We are a church in my neighborhood! I love that!

After that coffee shop conversation, I started helping with a few writing projects, and eventually was offered a 10-hour-a-week position as we worked to get this party started. Jon and I talked then about how this role might not be the perfect long-term fit for me professionally, and we agreed that it was something we’d revisit. It was a value to us both, and you’ve likely heard us say it to people more than once, that the way you serve here should be a source of joy. It has always been that way and it always should be.

I am immensely proud of what I’ve been able to do here, but it became clear to me not long ago that I wasn’t using my full potential, and that my job description limited my options for doing that. I fought hard against that for a bit because I really love what we’re doing, and I love being a part of this staff — but that kind of struggle is no way to live.

I’m here now, to tell you that I’ve resigned from the Connections and Communications Director position effective April 10 — but it’s good news! 

What that means for me personally:
    â€¢    I can volunteer to do the things I love to do here beside all of you.
    â€¢    I am free to pursue something new vocationally.
    â€¢    AND I’m freeing up some ways to serve that maybe some of you will love to do.

I also want you to know that I am not leaving this amazing group of people! I love you and our story together is just getting started. I still mean what I said in that video.

Like Jon said, this is family business. I wanted you to hear this from me because you’re important to me. If you have questions, come talk to me and I’ll answer them. If you have prayers to spare, I’d love to have those, too, because this isn’t easy to do. I’d rather stay, because familiar is easier than change - but it will only hold us back, and I don’t want to do that. I want to be right where God wants me to be, even if I don’t know exactly where that is yet. 

So, there it is. It’s an unfolding story, and I’m really grateful that you’re all a part.

Jon Hentrich:
Thanks, Patti! I just want to say how much I appreciate you and the job you have done. It is very true that if you did not take on the roles you did in the early days of this church, there is no way we would be where we are. For that matter there are many of the people that wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you and your hard work. 

But, I am also so proud of the courage that you are displaying in taking this next step and I am confident that your best work with Christ’s Church Albany is ahead!  

Jonathan Hentrich 
Lead Pastor // Christ's Church Albany

Patti Gibbons
Connections and Communications Director // Christ's Church Albany
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