It’s basically an unwritten rule of journalism that a journalist should report the news and not be the news. It ensures both objectivity and good reporting. And while it’s a good rule to follow, generally speaking, there are times when a reporter becomes part of a story. It just can’t be helped. Such is true with this one.
During the Diocesan Convention held at St. Margaret’s this past weekend, three members of St. Margaret’s were honored by the Diocese and received awards from the Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook.
Glenda Erdman was a recipient of the Bishop’s Servant Ministry Award. Glenda is one of the leaders of our newcomers and welcome ministry, where she organizes nearly 30 people who serve as greeters and who leave no entrance to the church unstaffed. She also takes the lead in planning the Newcomer Luncheons that occur during various times of the year. And her giving volunteer spirit was evident during the Convention when she served as the volunteer leader. Glenda devotes many hours of service to St. Margaret’s.
Jan Romerdahl was a recipient of a Bishop’s Cross. In addition to serving on the Vestry for the past four years, the last two as Senior Warden, Jan is very involved in the work of the Diocese as well. She has served on Executive Council, has been on the Finance Committee, including service as Committee Chair, is involved with the Healthy Congregations project and the Diocesan Leadership Academy. She has given her time generously to the diocese and driven many miles to meetings in San Diego. She is a graduate of EFM and also serves as a Eucharistic Minister here at St. Margaret’s.
And that leaves one person left – me. I was honored to receive the Bishop’s Servant Ministry Award at the Convention. Part of it comes from my work as the volunteer Public Information Officer for the parish who writes and edits stories for St. Margaret’s News. I’m also the creator and host of a podcast called “St. Margaret’s in a Minute,” which posts weekly on the news site as well. In addition to using my journalistic abilities, I am a member of our Mission Possible Evangelism team, and I’m also a licensed Worship Leader (Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer). I’ve even led Good Friday and Ash Wednesday services on Princess cruise ships! As the leader of that ministry, I hope to grow it in the coming months. Stay tuned for more details.
Diocesan Convention banner courtesy of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego