The Gifts of God for the People of God: Paying it Forward
The church has always been a part of my life. My parents were good role models in volunteering their time and resources to the church. I walked to a small Lutheran grade school where there was one teacher for every two grades. Growing up in the country, church and relatives made up our social life. Even when going to a large public high school, most of my social life revolved around the teenagers in Walther League. In college I also had a circle of friends from the church as well as those I made in the dorm and sports. Later, when I transferred to Cincinnati as a divorced person, one of the first things I sought out was a church I felt comfortable in.
In the mid-90s when I moved to Anderson to be closer to my new job, I continued to go to the Lutheran church I joined when I moved here. Soon I realized it was difficult to stay involved when the church was 40 minutes away and not in the direction of my work. It took me a while to find LCR; I didn’t travel down Clough or Nagel Roads that much. So I decided to go with friends to some of their churches on the east side. Finally, I came across LCR. It was good to be back with Lutherans. I found the church welcoming and like my former Cincinnati church, very relevant in dealing with current events.
I have seen more articles about LCR in the local newspaper in the past couple years but feel strongly the new electronic sign will let many in the area know about the great things going on in our church.
While I have had setbacks and difficulties like everyone, I feel that overall I have been blessed in the opportunities I have had in my career – both the companies I have worked for and the mentors who helped me along the way. I have also been blessed with good health, a wonderful husband and many great friends. Last year when I retired from Fidelity Investments I was given a generous retirement package. I felt it only right to thank God and ‘pay it forward’. I am confident the new sign will generate new beginnings for many in the years to come.
About the Author: Pam Chidester is a member of Lutheran Church of the Resurrection.
About LCR: Lutheran Church of the Resurrection is a vibrant and welcoming community of faith and a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.