Welcome our new Minister of Communications Diane Kopasz

dkopasz2015I am thrilled to serve as St. Mary’s Minister of Communications. My 20 years of experience in the non-profit and corporate sectors pales in comparison to the collective wisdom of St. Mary’s, but I intend to make an impact with God’s help.

My path to St. Mary’s began at my youngest daughter’s pre-school. At that time, I was working as the Director of Communication for an association. One evening while picking her up, I happened to ask a parent where her family went to church. “St. Mary’s. You should come! The sermons are thought-provoking, and the people really care about each other.”

I don’t know why, but that was all I needed to know. Which is strange because I’m sort of a questioner. But the next Sunday I was at the 9:00 a.m. service.

Now seven years later, St. Mary’s is my family’s church. My daughter Olivia was recently confirmed. My other daughter, Pauline, just finished up in the 4th grade Sunday School class, which I led with another parent. I can assure you, this engagement has not been self-directed. It has been the words from others that have awoken me to get involved.

Mostly, the calls to action have been pretty easy: please stay in Children’s Chapel; sign up for the Shrove Tuesday pancake supper; you must go to Shrine Mont, it’s the only way to really get to know others.

A couple of years ago I heard words that made every hair on my skin stand up in alarm: “You are dirt!”

This was not a call to action. While these words spoken at the Ash Wednesday service were not directed at me in particular, they echoed. Soon a series of events: a toxic work situation, health and financial crises for my father, school and health issues for my girls, even our dog Henry needed surgery! Am I really powerless?

Who am I? I’m a Christian, wife, mother, a professional. I have built web sites, planned conferences and organized volunteers. I’ve written case statements, fundraising appeals, newsletters, speeches, annual reports and blog posts. I am interested in others and their journeys. The simple words we use warm hearts, chill bones and encourage us to take action; and at other times cause us to stop and take a serious look at just who we are.

Your words matter. And I look forward to telling the story of how God is working through St. Mary’s.