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Monday, April 29, 2013

Church Honors Longtime Secretary

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I have heard of long term church secretaries through the years but never anything that came close to what Vera Thomas has accomplished. After 42 years of service to one church and with six different pastors, she has decided it is time to pass the button and title of church secretary onto another. She will be retiring at the end of May.
Vera has done an incredible job for our congregation with exceptional compassion, unmatched professionalism, and deep relational loyalty. She has served the church through some of our greatest challenges and helped us through countless transitions.
Working with Vera has been nothing but a joy. I trust her judgment. I respect her confidentiality. I appreciate her competence. I have witnessed over and over again her heart for our ministry and her commitment to the worldwide mission of our church. I have watched her juggle a hundred different task all the while maintaining the smooth running of our offices. She has dealt smoothly with hundreds of interruptions, met every deadline, and all the while maintained her integrity. We trust her with every aspect of our church from personal information to cash to signing the checks. And I have marveled at her ability to remember the life details of our people. Vera was made by God to be a church secretary. And we were blessed to be the church she served.
So often itís the person on the phone or at the door with the first contact that makes the greatest impact on peopleís impression of our church. Vera has been a perfect example of how to accomplish that well.

 I have had the great pleasure of working with Vera for nearly seven years. I credit her with making my transition to Lincoln easier. I couldnít have got started without Vera and I am relieved that she will still be an active church member and accessible for questions for her replacement.
From my heart Vera, thank you for everything you have done to protect me, inform me, warn me, comfort me, counsel me, respect me, and love me with the love of Christ. I will forever be grateful.

Ron Otto, Lincoln Christian Church

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