This month we are celebrating Cathy Joss’s 30th anniversary as part of our staff team at Highlands! We are so grateful to Cathy for her faithful service over the years, and for the impact her work in ministry has had on our church family and our community. While it’s impossible to encapsulate 30 years of ministry into an article, Cathy kindly took a few minutes to share these reflections with us:

What do you enjoy about being part of the staff team at Highlands?
The best thing about working at HCC is the people. I get to work alongside a great staff team and have the opportunity to get to know lots of wonderful people in our congregation. You are my friends and my family!

30 years is a wonderful legacy of ministry. What has encouraged and motivated you to serve faithfully for so many years?
I really do believe this is where the Lord wants me to be. I love the people of Highlands Community Church. You are my family! I am grateful for the privilege of being able to earn my living in ministry and as an introvert, I thrive in a support role. In my early training as a believer, one theme that was heavily stressed is found in Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord not for men.” There is a lot of variety in “whatever I do,” and I enjoy the challenge as I strive to serve Jesus and Highlands Community Church well.

In your administrative support role, you are often a first point of contact, as we care for people as a church. What do you find rewarding about being on the “front lines” of ministry and caring for people each day?
I like helping people and when people phone, email, or come in, I get to help them with whatever has brought them to us, or figure out how to get them the help they need. One of my favorite tasks is reading all the prayer requests that come in over the weekend on Monday mornings. When I come across situations that the church staff can/should address, I alert the appropriate department so that we can follow up and do so in a timely fashion.

A significant part of your role happens “behind the scenes.” What are some things you get to do that people might not be aware of?
Facility scheduling, worship bulletin, weekly email, tracking attendance stats, office supply purchasing, watering the lobby plants, making sure the coffee pot in the kitchen is turned off before I leave work every day.

Outside of ministry life, what are some things you enjoy?
Spending time with my nieces and nephews, live theater (especially at Taproot), reading, playing Wordament, watching Seahawks games, line dancing, craft bazaars and rummage sales.

What is a verse or passage of scripture that is meaningful to you?
John 6:68-69, “Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.’” As a young adult, I went through a rough time and asked myself if I wanted to walk away from my faith. This interaction between Jesus and Peter came to mind, and I realized that I could echo Peter’s words. These verses became a solid stone in the foundation of my Christian life.