Breathin’ Easier

January 11, 2007 at 12:32 pm (ministry)

So, we decided last night not to go to the girls-only event we were planning on, since one of the girls was unable to go.  It didn’t make sense to just take one.  So, I actually get to be home Friday and Saturday!!!  I am happy.  GI jane and I are going to have girls date night on Friday, and invite the bride too.  that reminds me, I need to call her.  Or maybe I can swing by her work.

 Church council meeting tonight.  An update on the discussion of my questionable character for all ya’all:  The council pres called me yesterday and said they were going to continue the discussion some at council, and wondered if it would be ok if i left early, so that people could speak more freely.  I said that would be fine, and by that time too I was in full confirmation mode anyway.  As I thought about it more, I realized he hadn’t heard my side of the story.  So, I sent him the following email.  Please tell me what you think:

Hi (council president)
 
I realized after I got off the phone last night that I should have talked to about this, but I was so in confirmation mode by that time everything else just flew right out of my mind.  I would have liked to talk to you about this personally, but I didn’t want to bother you at work.  If you want to call me later today, please do.
 
I am not sure what all was said about me in the last meeting.  I want you to know how I have taken things that have been said to me.  This isn’t anything you need to share with the entire council tonight, but I felt that is was important for you as President to know.  I will admit to using the computer for personal usage at work.  I apologized for this, and trust me, it is no longer happening.  I feel like I need to clear my name a bit though, as I think I have been accused of visiting inappropriate sites.  I can guarantee you that none of the sites that I looked at are sites that I wouldn’t look at at the public library.  They may also have been sites that i discovered through our youth’s web pages that I was checking out.  I am sorry for using the computer for personal use, and it will not happen again.
 
I understand and accept the council’s choice to extend my probation.  I have no problem with attending counseling, as long as there is not an expectation that what I have discussed in counseling will be shared with anyone.  I have been assured that the only expectation is that I attend, and that the church can confirm that I have attended.  I think a faith mentor of some type is a great idea, actually, I think all church staff should have one.
 
Basically, I wanted you to know that I accept the precautionary measures the council has decided to take.  I am doing the best I can to do my job well, and to live my life in such a way that I can talk to our youth about all aspects of my life.  I hope that shines through more than this indiscretion.  Thank you for your time, and if you have any questions for me, please feel free to call me.  See you tonight.

I didn’t mention that I have had family members advising me to get a lawyer, because i think that was mainly advice from the other privacy invasions the staff has done.  So, we shall see how it all shakes out!  Pray for me please.

Ok, I need to go grab lunch, run by the hospice office (I am starting to volunteer there) and go visit one of my youth who is in the hospital.  This kid had surgery on both of his hips in late November and has been in a wheelchair until he heals, and now had his appendix taken out.  he is a 7th grader!  he is sick of the hospital and i can’t blame him!

 Peace!

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1 Comment

  1. Brenda said,

    Nice one, Jenna. And about the lawyer? Do. That. Your career is at stake, and you need to be protected legally. Thanks so much for the update!

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