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Layperson of the Year
Each year we recognize a member in
our church family who goes above and beyond the normal church attendance. A
person (or couple) who is always willing to go that extra mile for the cause
of Christ and good of the church is selected Layperson of the Year. With the
majority vote of the congregation under the auspices of the Church Council,
the recipient is granted this award with a lunch fellowship on the month of
Past recipients: Betty Hickey (1992); Doris
Porter (1993); Jim Hickey (1994); Ken Meader (1995); Phyllis Knight (1996);
David Williams and Andrew Nowak (1997); Charles Henry (1998); Yvel Sylvain
(1999); Sharon Strum (2000); Lisa Jacobson (2001); Charles Huddy (2002);
Marilyn Glover (2003); Jose Lantin, Jr. (2004); Frank and Irene Hofmann
(2005), Noreen Jacobson (2006) ,
and Dottye Foxon (2007). , Steven
Lacey (2008) , Claire Stevens (2009),
Paul Patrie (2010),
Launa Cooper (2011)
Layperson of the Year 2012 -
Nowak has been selected as our Layperson of the Year by the Church
Council, based on the number of nominations he received and the many
John has literally grown up
in our church - attending Sunday school and youth group, singing in the
children’s choir and ringing in the youth hand bell choir, and serving as
a deacon. John was baptized in our church in 1996.
He currently serves as a
congregational representative on the Church Council, Sunday school teacher
and Head Usher.
While he is quite visible, the myriad of tasks he
undertakes frequently go unnoticed ... until now.
Below are excepts from some of the nominations
that highlight the reason John is this year’s honoree:
A few words to describe John would be - always
pleasant, dependable and a gentleman. I feel John deserves this honor
because to me there does not seem to be a task, large or small, that John
is not willing to tackle with ease and confidence.
Congenial - Cooperative - Caring - Cheerful –
always willing to go that extra mile.
John is an outstanding example of a Christian.
He grew up in this church and has been a dedicated participant in all
aspects of the life of our church. From opening the gates to greeting the
people coming through them, John is one of the “first impressions” people
have of us and we are fortunate, in this age when young adults appear to
be in short supply in church leadership roles, to have John as a “face of
John Nowak does whatever is asked of him. ....
John spends Sundays, while we are in the Parlor, out in the hall
protecting the building - and does not get to enjoy the heat in the
winter months or the cool in the summer. He greets everyone with his
warm and genuine smile each Sunday morning. John has been an active and
faithful member, and it has been a pleasure to see him grow from a
toddler to the man of God he is today.
John has quietly worked for years, since he
was a young child, in our church. He is always present, always working,
always demonstrating our church motto.
Since he was a small boy, John has been a
perfect member. At about 5 or 6 he would sit in the front pew with the
other children, and he was the only one with an open Bible - just
because he wanted to. He helps on everything that is needed. He is
dedicated and loves his church and serves constantly.
We will honor John at the 11:00 a.m. worship
service on June 3 and the catered luncheon that follows immediately
after the service. Tickets for the meal ($8) may be purchased through
the church office or at Coffee Hour on May 20 and 27.
Pastor Martha Dominy
Rev. Martha Dominy has been
serving the church for 22 years and became Senior Pastor in 1997 to the