NEWS & NOTES
Our church recently created the new staff role of Office Manager and filled the position with our own Madison Pattin. If you don't know Madison yet, you likely soon will as she has quickly become a vital member of the team. She shares her passion for church, people, and organization in this week's note:
My husband and I moved to Chicago a year and a half ago, with the initial purpose of finishing up our Bachelors. Since then, we’ve experienced a lot of life here. We’ve celebrated both of our wedding anniversaries here, changed jobs and schools, got a second dog, and so much more in between. Chicago has become home to us, and The Painted Door is a huge part of that. In fact, we knew we would call TPD home before we even moved to the city. Some friends of ours lived here for six months before we made the decision to join them, and we attended TPD as guests with them each time we visited. We knew right away why they loved it, and we were captivated by the authenticity of the community and reality of the Gospel. Early on, we became members, started serving on volunteer teams, and enjoyed events like the Seder Feast with you all. We love it here.
Fast forward to now, and I’ve been the TPD Office Manager for over a month. When Mark interviewed me for this position, I told him that I had wanted to take on a role like this for our church for a long time. He chuckled and made a joke that my desire was due to the need for organization in our church. I laughed and agreed, but my desire was rooted in a different place. I wanted to serve our church body in a way I was made for.
I am a One on the Enneagram, which means I am principled and detail-oriented (among other traits, some not too good!). So, an Office Manager position is right in my wheelhouse because of my natural inclination to be orderly and feel as though the details are taken care of. And so far, I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. I’m the one answering your questions, keeping our website up to date, and just about any other administrative task you can think of. I know it doesn’t sound glamorous, but for someone wired like me it’s a dream job!
Plus, the staff I get to work with is kind, patient, and diligent. They’ve shown me grace when I fail and have given me a seat at the table. I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to work and serve with! I’m thankful to work alongside such a great group, and am looking forward to many more months of growth and meetings!
- Madison Pattin, Office Manager
THIS COMING SUNDAY
DIVIDING WALLS: CHURCH DIVIDES
Pastor Morgan Gagne
Why are you a Christian? Family? Duty? Fear? Dunno? The answer to this question can either lead to an increase in faith or an increase in doubt. Faith grows from the inside out. Doubt turns you inside out. The Christian life is a life of self and Christ in process, and you're surrounded by a bunch of people going through the same thing. There’s nothing better that we can do for the whole than know and love our Lord Jesus. To be most loving to others, you need to forget all others, even yourself, and know only Christ. Your faith is not your project. Your doubt is not your project. Your life is not your project. Surrender to the call of Christ. Admit you are a Christian. Submit to the people He has appointed you to. Run into eternity with Him.