May 29, 2007

Losing my Laurie

Many of you already know that Laurie Schenhals (Women's Ministry Director) is stepping down and her last event is the Women's Breakfast on June 2, 2007. I am so sad that I cannot even form the words to explain how upsetting this is for me.

I know it is time. She has been faithful to us since January 1, 2004 and she has been working a full time job at Messiah, has 2 teenage daughters, a loving husband & the world's most spoiled dog... Lilly to take care of. I know all this and I understand it but it doesn't take away the emptiness I feel inside.

Laurie, while working as a Ministry Assistant to Pastor Tim Spirk, took me under her wing and taught me so much about being a great assistant. She is so dedicated to whatever she is committed to, and does it with everything inside her even when her world is falling apart. She never lets the circumstances determine how she is going to feel that day. I love that about her! She is a rock that carries so many when they need her the most, pushing her self aside and loving on who ever needs her.

She has taught me so much just by being herself. I have never had a boss that I have loved more and probably never will. She is my boss, my mentor, my sister& my friend and I will cherish the time I have served under her.

Thank you Laurie... I love you!!!!


TCC said...

She is priceless.

Classic MaMa said...

I know how hard this will be for you, for all of us, but now is your turn to be Laurie to someone else. She is an awesome teacher and friend and so are you. :) She won't go far, she's not allowed. There are too many babies who need her.

Laurie, we love you!

whitneygang said...

What an awesome tribute! Yes, she's been a rock for so many and a mentor to far more young women than she can know. You were so blessed to work so closely with her and gain the benefit of her godliness and wisdom, and her FABULOUS sense of humor. But Classic Mama is right, now it's your turn to mentor and disciple someone - you've been trained by the best, now pass it on :) And if we are really lucky, maybe Laurie will start a blog :)

Thrills said...

She is wonderful. You and "her board" made a great tribute to her at the breakfast.

Beautiful Grace said...

What a wonderful way to honor Laurie!!! Keep up the encouraging words, they are beautiful!