As most of you know, Mike’s final day on staff was this weekend on Serve Sunday. There is a poetic alignment about that fact that we need to not miss. For the last seven years at RVCC, Mike has been incredibly servant-hearted with a creative can-do spirit about him that continues to endear him to all of us. As he steps away from vocational ministry for the next season of his life, we want to say a big giant “THANK YOU” to Mike for all the ways he has led, served, cared, and lived among us as a pastoral staff member.
Mike is a gifted communicator, a systems thinker, a compassionate leader, and a creative problem solver with a healthy work ethic. We’ve needed all those character traits on our staff and when paired with a fun sense of humor, he’s a guy that’s easy to love and value. He has been our Parkland Pastor, our Teaching Team leader, a member of our Executive Team, and most recently the primary communicator at Parkland while leading a revitalization of our Student Ministry. If I put my coaching hat on, the phrase that best describes Mike is that he is the “ultimate team player”; willing to do whatever it takes to help the team succeed. For that, we can’t thank him enough.
But we’re going to try!
October 30 is Celebration Sunday at RVCC, and so we’re going to take a piece of that morning to honor and thank Mike for his time on staff. Look for details later this month, but it will include a chance to bring a card, have a reception, hear from Mike, and say thank you in person. Put that day on your calendar. The best part of all of this is that Mike and April and the family are not going anywhere! They will continue to worship with us, serve alongside us, live in community with us, and be a part of what Jesus is doing at RVCC. I can’t tell you how much that means to all of us.
We encourage you to say thank you to Mike and the Parejos in your own way (nothing awkward, please!) over the next month and then look forward to a more official thank you on Sunday, October 30.
On behalf of the staff, leaders, and people of Rainier View, “We love you and are SO THANKFUL for you, Mike!”