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Krista Celebrates One Year at Gloria Dei

Krista Celebrates One Year at Gloria Dei

by Krista Monson

When celebrating a “birthday person,” one of my favorite traditions is to ask them to share two highlights from the past year and one or two things they are looking forward to in the new year. June 4th is quite a significant day in my life. Not just because it’s my birthday, but it is also the day I started working at Gloria Dei. This year, I celebrated my birthday and the annual anniversary of being a part of Gloria Dei. So my response to a highlight from the past year was joining Gloria Dei!

Reflecting on the past year and my first year here at Gloria Dei instantly brings a smile to my face. I have met fantastic people. I have gotten to know youth and witness their growth inside and out. I am amazed and humbled to play witness to their questions, wonderments, and senses of humor. I laugh a lot here! My heart is gladdened to call people by name. I know them! Plus, sharing our stories and sharing in The Story.

I really appreciate hymns and have some favorites that date back hundreds of years. One being I Love to Tell the Story. It instantly transports me to standing on the pew between my grandparents, proudly holding onto the heavy hymnal, singing aloud in my Kindergarten voice that didn’t fully know the words, and listening to the clear voices surrounding me in song.

Stories and memories have been created with the Gloria Dei youth and community. Whether it be being mistaken as the mom of five seventh grade girls on a summer trip, “Wow quintuplets!”, or utilizing my Harry Potter knowledge to tame a wiley kid at VBS; the chance to sit with a sixth grade small group as they share the intense issues they face in middle school, or listening to a parent share current joys and concerns of his or her family; I am constantly awed and humbled by my opportunity to grow and learn alongside you.

In one year, we have shared many stories. I look forward to sharing more. I look forward to more moments when a child hears a Bible story and their eyes go wide in wonder. I look forward to unpacking The Story with middle school Confirmation students and connecting how it relates to us now. I look forward to sharing in experiences and building memories that become our shared story. What a blessing of connection we have here. I am so blessed to be a part of it.