Friends,

There are certain records that will almost certainly stand the test of time. Some careers are so spectacular that eventually they become the stuff of legend. Just a few of the most significant I can recall off the top of my head are,

  • Jack Nicklaus, the decorated golfer, won 18 majors over the course of his career.
  • Cal Ripken, Jr. was in the starting lineup for 2,362 consecutive MLB games.
  • John Stockton made 15,806 assists over his 19-year NBA career.

Justifiably, we celebrate those men and women who left a legacy on their respective sports. But legacies and records extend far beyond the athletic world, and in the online Interpreter this week I want to take some time to recognize someone who has a record at the First Baptist Church of Augusta that will never be matched.

Lavinia Polatty, our Financial Director, has served in her current role for almost 45 years (March would mark her 45th anniversary). Over the course of her career, Lavinia has been a steadfast and faithful presence in the office. She has not only modeled what it looks like to do your work with excellence, more importantly she has been an incredible example of how to do your job in a fashion that honors God and lifts up other people. She has been a blessing from God to so many people that have had the good fortune to work with her.

Earlier this year, Lavinia informed me that she felt the time was right for her to retire from her role as the Financial Director. After 45 years of work in the church, I think we would all agree that she has more than earned a little rest and relaxation! Her final day in the office as our Financial Director will be January 15th. After many long conversations with Lavinia, we have decided that we will honor her and celebrate her retirement this Sunday at the 9:00 service in the MAC. Our celebration of her career will happen at the conclusion of the service, so if you regularly attend Sunday School and the 11:00 service, simply come to MAC at 9:40 and you can be a part of the celebration.

While Lavinia is retiring from her role as Financial Director, I want you all to know that she will maintain her presence around the church offices. I, along with Lavinia and Kelly Rose, are currently working to create a new position that will allow Lavinia to maintain her relationships with church members and also keep her institutional memory in the office!

On a personal level, I want to take a moment to say “Thank You” to Lavinia. There is not a day that goes by where I do not find myself in her office asking questions about members of our community, the history of the church, or making sure that my outfit looks suitable to wear a meeting. Frankly, I don’t know what I would do without her. She is a source of encouragement to me as a pastor, but more importantly, she has become a beloved friend. I am grateful for her presence in my life and I look forward to the new days that are ahead.

Grace and Peace, Will

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