Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Not goodbye, but see you later

Note: I wrote the following for this week's church newsletter....

Almost exactly four years ago, (how time flies) I began to wrestle with God about my calling.

At the time, I was working for GateHouse Media in Joplin writing “advertorials” (copy that went on add-based pages) and a few features for newspapers within our chain.

I missed working with students and began to wonder if God had something better in store for me.

Through a series of “God” events, I found myself leaving journalism as a full-time writer and becoming your minister to families with children.

Fast forward to this week: I find myself through a series of “God” events and preparing to move on to another church.

I have accepted the call to be the new director of Children’s Ministry at St. James United Methodist in Little Rock.

My time in Siloam Springs is beginning to wind down, I can truly say you — as a congregation — have impacted my life in such a way that your influence will continue long after my geographical location changes.

You have nurtured, encouraged and helped me strengthen my children’s ministry "wings."  You’ve taught me lots of lessons and helped continue to mold my concept of children’s ministry and how it impacts today’s generation.

You have also walked with me as I’ve continued to struggle with my calling and as I pursued ordination as a deacon within the Arkansas Conference.

Your friendship, support and encouragement means the world to me.

So rather than say goodbye, I’ll simply say “see you later.” I know, we will see each other again — either in the present on email and Facebook — or in the future, in heaven.

Thank you for helping me transition away from the newsroom, and for giving me a place to grow physically, spiritual and mentally.

I know you will guide, direct and support the same for whomever steps into the ministry next.

With much love and thanks,
Kaylea

While my last “physical day” in the office will be July 14, I’ll still be around later this month, going with the older elementary/middle school students on Destination: Jonesboro.
My contact information, for now (I’m still apartment hunting) is: 



Kaylea Hutson
c/o St. James UMC
321 Pleasant Valley Dr.
Little Rock, Arkansas 72212
Church Phone: 501.217.6700
E-Mail: kaylea.hutson@gmail.com

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