Sunday, June 10, 2007

ARE MY EYES SMILING? appears that my volunteering to do the weekly church bulletin, has taken on a life of it's own. It almost immediately morphed into taking over the responsiblities of the treasurer too. Yes, I have a talent for numbers. Bank statements don't scare me. I understand debits and credits, but double-entry bookkeeping is still a little hazy. I know how to deposit monies, and I can certainly write checks (I'm very good at spending money). I can't use an adding machine without looking, but maybe that will change. And using an accounting software program is a totally new thing. I'm old-school, paper and pencil. But that's all I know. Is it too late to teach this old dog some new tricks? I hope not. Apparently my church doesn't think so. (But then, they are just eager for someone to take over the job who isn't ready yet a retirement home.)

The deacons tell me that they are glad to have me on board, and that they will find lots of things for me to do. Pastor would like me to re-vamp the church directory, and says the church's constitution needs some work. His wife thinks a monthly calendar of activities would be nice to include with the bulletin the first of a new month. (I agree on that...we used to do it.)

So it sounds to me like "would you volunteer to do the weekly bulletin?" has turned into a real live secretary/treasurer position. I guess that's what I get for volunteering. And NO ONE has said anything about this being a PAID position. I'm not sure I want to be paid. When you're getting paid, it implies a certain responsiblity to the position. If I'm volunteering, I should be freer with the hours I spend there...and when....and should be free to say no to something that just doesn't fit my schedule. (If you know me well, you will know that it's almost impossible for me to say "no.") So if they ever offer money, I'll have to think that over.

I'm actually kind of excited about it all. It's the kind of work I did for years....both in State employment, and when we ran a business from our home. I'm just a little rusty. But it's wonderful to have something to do! To actually have a purpose to the day other than doing laundry, shopping, cleaning, and fixing supper. I think I'm going to like it. And so I'm smiling.

1 comment:

strauss said...

Great Kathleen. I am happy that you will have the opportunity to get to know your congregation on a deeper level and learning more skills in doing so is an added bonus. It is a great feeling to be involved in causes and organisations one feels strongly about.