Well Done, Ladies

In the next few weeks it is our joy to celebrate together with three outstanding members of our leadership team. Each of these ladies is making a transition in her life and ministry. I pray you will join me in expressing your gratitude to the Lord and to them for their service at Emmanuel.

Mrs. Kay Allen is stepping down as the principal of Southeast Christian Academy in order to spend a little more time enjoying retirement. When EBC first launched SCA, we immediately saw the hand of heaven through the procurement of Mrs. Allen. A veteran educator and curriculum expert, she has been used mightily by God in the birthing of SCA.

Recently, SCA applied for accreditation through a major, DOE-approved agency. By the end of the first day, our accreditation advisor gave rave reviews about the work being done at SCA. This man is a retired teacher, coach, principal, and superintendent from the public schools. In other words, he knows his stuff! While we are still awaiting official action, he has already recommended to his board that SCA be “accredited with quality.” That is the highest level of official accreditation that a school can receive. He was so blessed by his observations that he has even recommended that the accreditation be made retroactive.

That news is shared in this context because it is a testament to the work performed by Mrs. Allen and her faculty. The SCA board, faculty, parents, and church members have long witnessed numerous examples of her competence and commitment. Now we are on the verge of having an official state-sanctioned affirmation of the incredible job she has performed. We know that God is the One who has been shaping and molding these young hearts and minds. But we’ve been blessed that He has chosen Mrs. Kay Allen as one of His instruments. Congratulations Mrs. Kay! And we pray God’s richest blessings on this next season in your life.

Mrs. Christi Jones has ably served as our nursery director since December of 2003. She and her late husband Kelly were actually two of the first people we met in Sunday School when we came to EBC in the Fall of 1996. On May 15th, Christi is scheduled to become the bride of Mr. Brian Cowart. They will be making their new home in the Stilson area, southeast of Statesboro.

All 3 of our children have been a recipient of Christi’s service overseeing our ministry to birth-2 year olds and their families. We will miss Christi around Blackshear, around EBC, and around our family. We pray the Lord’s favor on your marriage and your transition to a new town. Your church family will miss you and your children.

Mrs. Brandy Ricketson joined our support staff in January of 2008. She brought her skills in accounting and bookkeeping to our finance office. Although her ministry has been “behind the scenes” for most members, her service has touched the lives of every member of this congregation. With the birth of their 3rd child, she and Rick sense the call of God for her to become a full-time, stay-at-home mom and we rejoice in that decision. Rick, Brandy, Tatum, Sam, and Layne are a vibrant part of our ministry here at EBC. We will still see them around the church but we’ll sure miss her around the office. Thanks Brandy for a job well-done!

During the next few weeks, please take an opportunity to share your thanks with these dear ladies. They have been an integral part of what the Lord has done at EBC in recent years. As I consider their contribution here I am reminded of Paul’s words to the Philippians, “I thank my God on every remembrance of you.”