At my recent stay with my family at the Great Wolf Lodge indoor waterpark in Grand Mound, WA, I was quite fascinated by the lifeguards. They were extremely disciplined in their approach, almost robotic. They would scan the giant wave pool width-wise then length-wise, shooting their eyes across the pool and then down alongside the near wall. Often, they would use their hand to point at what they were looking at and their necks were always moving from side to side.
Admittedly, I was slightly amused at the first lifeguard I observed. Her movement seemed unnatural and forced. In chatting with a few of the lifeguards throughout my three days there (and watching the Great Wolf Lodge episode of Undercover Boss…haha) I gained a greater appreciation for their disciplined routine and of course, their important role overall.
Much like lifeguards, we youth ministers are in the business of saving lives as well. While we may not have to jump into a pool or ocean (although it’s very possible), we’ll certainly be called on to help a young person who is drowning spiritually.
Continue reading When Routine is a Good Thing
This past Sunday, our assistant pastor said goodbye to our parish after three years of faithful service to our parish community. As Father Swann Kim reflected on his time at St. Paul’s at the end of Mass (one year as a deacon and two years as a priest), he choked up in a touching and genuine display of emotion. On cue, many in the congregation (including this writer) had to wipe away tears as we listened to Fr. Swann speak about how we had all become his family and that he was sad to move on.
Fr. Swann won’t be too far as he takes up residence at Our Lady of Assumption Parish in Port Coquitlam. As with many of the priests who have lived with and learned from Monsignor Luterbach, Fr. Swann will likely become a pastor somewhere in the not-so-distant future. Life at St. Paul Parish will go on, in large part to the strong leadership of Msgr. Luterbach and countless others in the parish community. As well, we are all excited as to what our new assistant pastor Father Rodney Nootebos will bring to our parish.
Continue reading It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye: Transition in Leadership