"I first started attending Bethany Community Church when I was a freshman at SPU. I use the word 'attending' fairly lightly…Between basketball practice, classes, homework, and any attempt at a social life, church involvement didn't place too high on my priority list. For me, church was a place to get fed, to worship, and to make sure I was spiritually in check. For some reason, I allowed myself to feel exempt from serving, volunteering, or giving back to my church community because I was either too busy, too young, or didn't see the perfect opportunity.
"After graduation, I started church shopping in hope of finding that perfect place that would fit all of my needs...It quickly became apparent that I was trying to make it all about me! I decided to come back to Bethany and do my best to make it my church home, fully knowing that it would not be perfect, just as I am not perfect!
"My prodigal return to Bethany not only meant attending on Sundays but also finding a way to serve and give back to the church. I emailed pastor Nick and asked if we could meet to discuss any volunteer opportunities with Bethany’s youth…I jumped into the Sunday morning middle school class and was quickly blessed and encouraged by the stories and lives of the kids I got to know. Of course, there have been moments when I still feel as though I am not making a difference or I am not saying the right words. However, after speaking with others in the church community, they are quick to remind me that God has me right where He wants me and is using me for His good, even if I cannot see it for myself."