At Bayshore Christian Ministries we love our Board! We want to introduce and welcome the newest board member, Kathy Welsh.
Kathy is married to Justin and has two sons in college. They are long time members of Menlo Church where Kathy has served as both a Deacon and an Elder. In addition to time spent with her children and at schools in Mountain View and Sunnyvale, Kathy currently works at Stanford as a Outreach Coordinator in Global Studies. Her heart for youth ministry and her many connections to people who have been involved in BCM over the years has brought her to the BCM Board. She recently attended the BCM staff retreat and has shared some of her thoughts below:
The staff retreat took place January 15th-17th at Redwood Christian Park, also known as the Ark Park. It was a rainy weekend in the beautiful redwood forest. I am a new board member, still getting to know most of the staff, and I arrived in the dark on Friday night after a long drive on wet, windy roads. I found the rest of the group in the dining room enjoying the first delicious meal of the weekend, where there was time for relaxed conversations and getting more acquainted.
The focus of the retreat was on prayer. We learned about Petition: Asking God directly for something for myself, and about Intercession: Prayer for another person, place or situation. We prayed over the city of East Palo Alto, including leadership in business and government. The speaker came with his wife and son, a talented seventeen year old who led worship with vocals and guitar while our own Stefie played the drum. On Saturday afternoon, Amy led us all in a hilarious game of celebrity charades!
The entire group of BCM staff and interns, along with a couple of board members, volunteers, staff alumni, spouses and children numbered to a total of twenty. I was struck by how well we represented many demographics and came together effortlessly in our love for and dedication to our Lord, Jesus. It was like a glimpse of Heaven. In said environment we finished on Sunday morning beginning with a worship service followed by a most fitting teaching on our Unity in Christ led by Pastor Marcus Givens.