Reflections on Retirement
Updated: Dec 20, 2019
by Renee McClaugherty:
As I start my first week of “retirement,” it’s a good time to stop and reflect back on God’s goodness and faithfulness. I’m very thankful I’ve had the opportunity to work in the church office for the past 19 years. It has been a blessing in my life. It hasn’t always been easy—there have been good times and difficult times; we’ve walked through happy times and sad times together. The church is the body of Christ, and we at Canby Christian are just a small part of the church universal. But, this is our church home and where God has called Steve and I to serve. We’ve been members of CCC for 30 years, so we’ve seen lots of changes. But, God is faithful, and it is Him we worship and serve.
For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function,so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Romans 12:4-5 The best part of serving in church ministry for me has been working alongside fellow believers who also have a passion to serve. Over the years Steve and I have served together in AWANA Clubs, Life Groups, Financial Peace University, High School Youth Ministry, and Youth Mexico Mission Trips. I’ve also been involved in mission trips to Uganda, helped coordinate our church’s involvement in establishing Suubi Medical Center near Kacungwa in Uganda. We volunteered for all of the above ministries because of the call God put on our hearts. Working in the church office was a bonus on top of everything else. It was never just a “job” to me. My goal was always to serve the Lord.
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men. Colossians 3:23 ESV Something I’ve learned over the years is that serving in church ministry, while filled with blessings, is not easy! Please pray regularly for our pastors, staff, elders, and all their families. They love our church and give their best to serve the Lord here at CCC, but they carry burdens that you know nothing about, and they need and deserve our love and support. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32 ESV It’s been a joy to work with our staff members in serving the Lord by serving His people. I will miss working with our staff and seeing them on a regular basis, but God is not done with me yet! Retirement gives me more time to focus on my family and grandkids, and I look forward to continue volunteering in ministries God has laid on my heart. Steve and I currently serve in CCKids Ministry and host a Life Group in our home. I will continue to be an advocate for ARM and Kacungwa in Uganda, where I’m hoping our church family will sponsor more children. I also love serving as a Bible Study Fellowship Group Leader in the Canby Women’s evening class. Studying the Bible has been a lifelong passion for me and BSF is a great way to do in-depth study while learning to make practical applications. God’s Word has been a source of strength to me. Canby Christian’s Life Groups are also a great way to dig deeper into God’s word and get to know people in our church on a deeper level. We look forward to hosting our Life Group again soon. I hope to encourage people in our church family to serve with joy, and if you are not currently serving I encourage you to seek out ways you can get involved. All of us, even those with physical limitations, can serve by praying. Nothing is accomplished without prayer. Most of all, let’s work together to love one another. A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." John 13:34 ESV