The Staff Parish Relations Committee, an elected group of lay leaders, is charged with regularly assessing the staffing needs of the church to help the church best fulfill its mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. As we look at the current needs of the church, SPRC has opted to transition away from participation in the Cone Congregational Nurse program, including the employment of a congregational nurse, effective July 1, 2017.
This was a difficult, prayer-filled decision and is not a reflection upon Vicki Williford. Vicki has served faithfully for nine years at Christ Church and her presence on our staff team will be missed. Our involvement in the congregational nurse program began with the creation of a part-time role, funded largely by Cone Health, that was focused on providing health education, wellness opportunities, and connections with community resources. Over time, this grew into a full-time role that was funded wholly by Christ Church. As the ministries of the church continue to evolve, we have now accomplished many of the goals for which the position was created, and the need for the Cone Congregational Nurse program is not what it once was. This decision was not taken lightly, but seeks to account for the changing needs of the church. We have been blessed by Vicki's service and know that she will continue to serve others with love and grace in the next phase of her career.
A Note From Vicki
It has been a privilege and honor to serve as Congregational Nurse at Christ United Methodist Church for the past 9 years. Thank you for welcoming me into your lives during your most vulnerable times. I feel honored to have shared many joys and sorrows with you on your journeys. One of the roles I hold most dearly, as your nurse, was as a healer by offering support and advocacy in my service to the members of this church and the community, sometimes in very stressful situations.
In 1986, I journeyed to Africa to work in a hospital. On a six-seater plane in a rainstorm, a verse was especially meaningful to me:
Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Those words still ring true today. Our God is an awesome God. May you find strength and resilience in your faith wherever your life journey takes you.—Vicki Williford BSN, RN