Parish Council, Secretary
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My name is Lauri Palmer. I have been a parishioner at St. James since 1993, a year after my family moved to Ferndale. Over the years, I along with my husband, son and daughter have felt a deep commitment to our parish through many changes. We have embraced and felt grateful for the unique community of St. James and Ferndale as well as the merger with Our Lady of Fatima and the evolution of our new parish Our Mother of Perpetual Help. In the past, I served the St. James parish as a teacher of religious education and a liturgical minister for many years. Currently I am a liturgical minister and co-coordinator for the 11:00 AM Sunday Mass.
Perhaps service is the word I most identify with. My decision to volunteer for Parish Council is an extension of this. My intention in serving on the Parish Council is to be open to the necessary changes we have experienced and to be part of a unifying group helping to lead us forward as one merged parish. My hope is that we can continue to grow as a supportive, meaningful and relevant worship community for each other and the world around us. I encourage open dialogue and invite input from parishioners who welcome me as their "representative” on the council. I am honored to serve in this capacity. I am inspired by the commitment of those around me and am grateful to Father Paul for his leadership in this effort.
Professionally, I am a social worker in a school for students with Autism, work I love with a population that has taught me great lessons. I have many interests including reading, writing, cooking and riding my bike.