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At moments like this I often think of a song by the Byrds with the lyrics "To everything, turn, turn, turn, there is a season, turn, turn, turn, and a time for every purpose under Heaven".   My time as the Deacon Guide on the Network has come to an end.  I have thoroughly enjoyed journeying together, sharing thoughts and ideas, learning and growing.  I thank you for allowing me the privilege to serve in the capacity for over 2 and a half years.  

On February 4th you'll be formally introduced to the new Deacon Guide, Jack Kooyman.  I hope you, like me, are eager to hear from a new voice as we continue to strive for excellence in our diaconal work!

May you be blessed as you continue in your faithful service!


Farewell, Melissa!   On to the next phase of the journey!  Thanks for your service here!  I cannot believe it's been over two years!   OK, enough exclamation marks!  May God bless you as you continue to serve him.


It's been great getting to know you and reading your blogs. Thanks for sharing your experience and perspectives with us. I hope you'll continue to give your voice to future discussions here on The Network. 

Thanks for your service Melissa. You have done an outstanding job during your time as Deacon Guide! You and your predecessor, Karl Westerhof, have both provided a wealth of timely and useful information, thoughtful and engaging posts, encouragement, guidance, and inspiration for those engaged in and committed to diaconal ministry. I look forward to--and, truth be told, am somewhat nervous about--following the example and maintaining the standard which you and Karl have set. I will almost certainly be looking to you for advice and ideas . . . so I hope you stay close and stay connected. Godspeed!

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