Christmas Memories with My Family
I’d like to share with you one of my favorite moments and earliest memory as a family member of Marshfield First Baptist Church.
It was about 18 years ago and it occurred in Reed Hall after an evening of caroling. Cookies and cocoa had been prepared for us and the fellowship hall was illuminated by candlelight. I remember looking around and being overwhelmed with emotion because I felt I had finally found a church family who really felt like family. Sure, Todd and I had been members of other churches in our early married life as we moved from college to different jobs; but here at Marshfield First, I finally felt like we were really part of a church family—and I hadn’t had that feeling since attending our home church in Mountain Grove where Todd and I both attended before we got married. I certainly had missed the feeling of belonging, and I really had to fight tears in that candlelight caroling service those years ago. (Thank goodness for dim lighting! ☺)
In the time since, I have become even more attached to my family here at First. Many experiences have caused this attachment—Eli and Emma’s salvations and baptisms; Bible schools from the ocean, to the arctic, to New York City, to the wilderness & outer space and back to the ocean (just to name a few!); and getting to know more and more of you as we serve together in Upward, leading the super kids in our Children’s Ministry and in so many events in our church through the years. All of these events & memories are the cement which keep me connected to you, my wonderful church family.
I hope you have felt this same connectedness to our church family, but if you haven’t, I challenge you to place yourself in a position through involvement and service to meet others who worship here with us. Initiate it by doing your part to be present, getting involved and speaking to others. All of us in turn should be doing the same thing to welcome and include others around us so this feeling of belonging can be felt by all who attend Marshfield First. That belonging then becomes part of the cement which makes us a powerful & unified church reaching others for Christ.
I absolutely count it a pleasure to be part of our church family, and it is a very high privilege to be serving the children of our church as a staff member. Thank you for making me feel like I belong all those years ago—even before I became part of the staff. I wish all of you, my brothers and sisters in Christ, a most wonderful Christmas and a great New Year serving Christ and growing in discipleship in 2019.
Children’s Ministry Director