August 2, 2022

 

A Word from Walker

 
All of us look forward to the Summer. It is not only a time to enjoy the warmer days, it also beckons us to get away, even if it just for a few days. Gina and I just returned from such a much-needed break. We went to Surfside Beach which is just south of Myrtle Beach. We spent time in the sun, despite the blistering heat indexes that went over 100˚ each day, ate some really good food and just rested. I now know why people in Europe often take two weeks at a time when they vacate. I think it takes several days to de-frag from life’s pressures so that you can begin to dive deeper into rest and recreation.
 
On one of our days we went and visited Brookgreen Gardens. I had no idea that this place existed. It is a combination of museum, gardens and zoo all wrapped up in one package. We only spent time in the gardens and saw hundreds of sculptures that covered the gamut from a larger than life sized representation of Cervantes’ Don Quixote to meticulously crafted game birds. This was all started in 1931 by Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington, These folks were famous art lovers and philanthropists. I wondered if they knew the scope that their generosity would morph into ninety-one years later. Generosity can have that surging effect, like waves linking up and creating a much larger one.
 
But you don’t have to give millions of dollars to establish a world-class museum or create awe-inspiring gardens to have a lasting impact. You can simply live your life in such a way that through daily sacrificial service to others you create a ripple effect that will be felt for years to come. Such is the case with our friend and colleague Craig Clayton. Recently, the Personnel Team and Board decided to downsize his position. Due to weak giving during the Pandemic by some of our partner churches, we started looking at alternative staffing plans. The leadership of the Association felt that now was a better time to do this where we could offer him severance that could help him take the next steps in his journey in as least stressful manner as possible. Craig has done a good job and he will be missed. I am convinced that the good work he has done will have a lasting impact. If you get the chance share with him your appreciation and best wishes.
 
Despite this sad announcement, there are many good things in the works you will be hearing about. Be sure to stay tuned to our Newsletters and Constant Contact for updates to ministry opportunities. Once again, I thank you for your support and appreciate all our partner churches do to help us link up and do more together than we can do alone.
 
Yours in Christ,
Walker