Friday, August 01, 2008

On Being a Church Secretary

Thank goodness for Ronnica, who is trying to give me some hints on blog topics.  She asked me to talk about the favorite part of my job.

I have mentioned it a time or two before, but in case you haven't heard, I'm a church secretary.  I work part-time, just 20 hours a week, and I wouldn't really want it any other way.  I like part-time. 

There's something I must tell you, though, right from the get-go.  I am a terrible secretary.  Awful!  I'm positive I was born to do something else because I don't do very well on the phone and filing is not exactly my forte.  In fact, labeling files usually makes me nauseous, and I have no idea why.  You can see that my church is in very capable hands, can't you?  {ahem}

I do enjoy organization to a varying degree, but it sort of depends on the circumstance.  When you work at a church, keeping things organized is an ongoing job.  Every time the church doors are open, there is sure to be stuff left behind that needs to be rearranged, put away, or thrown away.  And the Lost & Found bin?  Seems like things are mostly lost and hardly ever found.  For example, there is a pair of glasses someone left behind weeks ago.  We have left them out in full view on the greeter's desk in the foyer for everybody to see when they walk through.  You can't miss them.  It's been four weeks since, and they are yet to be claimed by anybody.  Don't you think a person would know they lost their glasses and come back for them?  Things like that puzzle me.

What I enjoy the most, though, is computer work.  Could you have guessed that about me?  I like creating documents, tables, and working on Excel sheets, as long as they are simplistic, mind you.  Editing the Sunday bulletin is definitely my niche.

Of course, if there's any purchasing to be done, I always go online first to see if I can locate the item.  I love shopping online!

Now my favorite thing that I love, better than anything else about my job, is that there is a Starbucks right around the corner from the church, and I can grab a tall, nonfat, raspberry mocha with whip any day of the week.  But I have a feeling that isn't exactly the answer Ronnica was looking for.  Hey, you must admit it's definitely a fringe benefit!


  1. Any post that starts out thanking me specifically is bound to be a good post. =)

    Question: if someone lost their glasses, how would they see them to retrieve them?

    Well, there's nothing wrong with Starbucks being the best thing about your job. Thanks for the info!

  2. I think being a church secretary is a hard job anyway! Good for you! And you NEED the s'bux!


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