The springtime of the year reminds us that there is a “rhythm” to life. An ebb and flow. What we all know beyond a doubt from our personal experience is that change is inevitable—nothing ever stays the same because it can’t. Like the old wisdom that says you can never step into the same stream twice—the stream is forever changing.
And so it is with mixed emotions that we announce that Josh Vegors, our Director of Communications, will be leaving us in mid-May. The “mixed” element in our emotions is that Josh has received a great job offer that he and his family couldn’t turn down. For that reason, we are happy for Josh and wish him only good things. At the same time, we are sad to be losing him—we didn’t have Josh with us as long as we had hoped.
Josh has begun to transform a lot of the ways in which we “talk” to each other and to the community at large. With his help, we have begun to rethink how we get information out in an effective and efficient manner. Whoever we find to follow Josh will have a good leg up in this effort.
I hope you will make it a point to drop Josh a line or come by the church in the next week and offer your thanks and best wishes.
I used to be a pretty big fan of the T.V. show known as “The West Wing”. The West Wing was about a presidency and those who worked around him. I always thought it was a really “smart” show. One of the signature elements of the show was how often the President said “What’s next?” With the kind of schedule he faced every day there was a need to be on the move constantly. And so when one “task” was completed, he would almost always ask, “What’s next?”
I think people of faith should adopt that same attitude about life. As much as we sometimes want nothing to change around us—either because we fear change or because we are so comfortable with the “now”—we should forever be reminded that we never step twice into the same stream. Life moves quickly and change is the dominant feature of the world we inhabit. The most creative way to deal with such a world, I believe, is to be able to ask, “What’s next?”
The same will be true for our church. Please offer prayers that we will locate the best possible person to step into this role and help lead us into a better future.
Kristin Clark-Banks is the pastor of Forest Hills UMC.