Linda Shortley shares how she became a part of NorthStar’s Guest Services team.


I don’t remember how many years ago it was that I started serving as a greeter, but I know I volunteered in many areas before getting shortleymy post. Deb Chamblee and Jan were greeters at the door where I am now serving. Jan’s husband got sick, if I remember correctly, and her sister helped out when she was available. Then her sister was not available. After getting to know Deb better each Sunday, which included hugs, I asked if she needed help, while greeting alone. Helping out went on for at least a couple months. Heck, I’m standing here, why not help out?

So kiddingly, one morning, I said, “haven’t I earned a name tag yet?” The next Sunday she presented me with my very own name tag! I had graduated to officially being a NorthStar Greeter!

Over the years I’ve gotten to know so many wonderful people who come through “my door.” There are plenty of hugs to go around, too. The highlight of that position was when the congregation was asked to thank a volunteer with a post card and kind words. To my shock and a few joyful tears, I received seven postcards. I had no idea that what I was doing was making a difference in their Sunday morning worship time. I’ve felt so blessed volunteering at my wonderful church, NorthStar.