Did You Know? - Bernadette Gutierrez Edition
May 9 7:19 AM

Did You Know? - Bernadette Gutierrez Edition

May 9 7:19 AM
May 9 7:19 AM

We are continuing our series on Getting to Know your church leaders a little bit better. Read along to learn more about Bernadette Gutierrez, who serves as our church administrative assistant. 

Where were you born, and do you still consider that home, or somewhere else?

I was born in Albuquerque at the old St. Joseph’s Hospital and yes, it’s still home. Well, east of Albuquerque now. 

What did you want to be when you grew up – and is that still a dream?

I don’t have any memories of wanting to be anything specific, I always thought I’d be a mom. 

What or who was your earliest spiritual influence?

Probably my mother. She would pray with my sisters and I regularly. She made sure we were in church every Sunday and she was faithful to follow the requirements of the Catholic Church. My faith and relationship with God grew from that foundation.  

How and when did Christ call you to Himself?

My relationship with Christ became my own when I was in high school. A friend would occasionally take me to Calvary Church. I was amazed at what I heard and realized this could actually be true. It made sense to me and gave me a desire to learn more, however, I rarely had transportation to get there. So later, when I could drive myself, I would go to the Wednesday evening study and despite lots of detours, my relationship continued to grow and is still growing. 

What is a scripture you often read or share with others?

There are so many that I love but my mind comes to this verse because I will occasionally share it with my kids.  

“My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body. Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.” Proverbs 4:20-27  

What is a special answered prayer you’ve received from the Lord?     

The Lord is so faithful to answer prayers but most recently when Paul stepped down, I thought it would be difficult to find another who did so much and was always patient and kind. I prayed for another co-worker that would be faithful, patient and kind and we got Cruz. What a blessing and answer to prayer.  

What is a blessing and what is a challenge in serving as administrative assistant to the church?

I really enjoy working here at the church because I love the people and want to serve. This is where I feel God wants me to be right now. The challenge for me is trying to find extra time to do all the other things I fill my life with.   

What are your hobbies and how did you get into them?

I do enjoy making places look nice, having things organized. I like going on camping trips with family/friends and I enjoy traveling in the states and abroad. I think I got these hobbies from my parents. Mom always made things nice and Dad always had an adventure planned.  

What is your favorite family tradition?

Christmas Eve and Good Friday dinner with my family. It’s always a special time together. 

How do you enjoy spending a day off?

I’m usually cleaning, organizing or doing laundry (I enjoy getting it done). If I can get a workout in, that is always good and I do occasionally enjoy time with friends…whether it’s a hike, lunch or shopping. 

What is the perfect meal?

One that someone else makes.  

Who or what never fails to make you laugh? 

My husband, Eddie. He’s got a very dry sense of humor but makes me smile or laugh hard often. 

We asked Eddie: 

What is your favorite trait of Berna's?  
She's always sees the best in people. She's also always willing to help when someone is in need.
What does Berna do that can always make you smile? 
She pretends that she doesn't like the dog and then goes out of her way to prepare him delicious meals. She often laughs at herself.


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