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Updated: Sep 19, 2022


What is this serving role all about?

The Camera Director/Switcher is responsible for what the final video looks like for our online worship service, as well as the live feed to any overflow rooms in the building (Mother's Room, lobby, Kids' rooms, etc.)

What's something interesting or unique about this serving role?

This role is super interesting because, while you are part of the main worship experience, you get to be a part of creatively translating that to a TV screen, computer, or mobile device so that we can engage people who are unable to attend in person.

How often do volunteers serve in this role?

We prefer volunteers to serve once a month, but we have some people who like to serve more often. Frequency depends on individual volunteers' availability.


Who's one of the superstar volunteers currently fulfilling this role?

Benaiah is one of our high school-aged volunteers in this role. He has an awesome eye for video and is always creative. I appreciate his musicality when planning shots for worship and he is always very receptive to feedback. Top that all off with an awesome personality and you have one awesome volunteer! I love serving with him.

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What is this serving role all about?

In our 1st/2nd grade classroom, volunteers show up 15 minutes before service begins to look over the lesson plan we've prepared and greet the kids as they arrive. A smile at the door is the best part of the day for some kids. Volunteers spend the hour fostering positive relationships with the kids, playing, and helping them grow in their love of Jesus

What's something interesting or unique about this serving role?

Kids are really beginning to grasp the Bible and the meaning of prayer at this age. Volunteers have a great opportunity to be an integral part of the growth process.

How often do volunteers serve in this role?

We ask volunteers to serve at least two Sundays a month, for one hour each time. This provides consistency for the kids. We also know life happens and we can be flexible.


Who's one of the superstar volunteers currently fulfilling this role?

Larry Houlihan is currently serves in our 1st/2nd grade classroom, and he's a rockstar!

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Updated: Oct 18, 2022


Each week since March of 2020, we’ve been bombarded with bad news of human suffering. I don’t have to list it, you know and have lived it too. Many of us have also suffered. Years ago I ran into an acquaintance out in public. I told her I would be leaving the following week to lead a team to Ethiopia. She proceeded to tell me how I was failing at my greatest ministry to my own children and husband. What she couldn’t have known was that I was already wracked with fear, guilt and what-if’s. Like Peter stepping out of the boat to walk on water toward Jesus when he noticed the waves crashing around him, the days before a trip I always ask myself, “What kind of a mother leaves her children…?” Her words left me feeling like garbage. What would have happened had she asked questions rather than assumed the worst about me? I think she would’ve found that I’m not such a negligent mom and wife after all. (Btw, that trip across the ocean led to 500 more children having the opportunity to become enrolled in Compassion and being rescued from a life of futile cyclical poverty. My kids didn’t mind sacrificing 2 weeks with Mom for that.) But don’t we assume the worst about God too? We languish, "Where is God in the midst of short staffed Covid wards, the war in Ukraine, the increased persecution of Christians in India and China and the overtaking of Afghanistan by the Taliban?" In John 14:12, Jesus told his disciples, “ Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” Think of all the miracles Jesus performed in front of his disciples--healings, feeding thousands with tiny amounts of food, walking on water and raising people from the dead. How could his disciples do even greater things than those? I’ll tell you how! When Jesus left, he sent his Spirit to live IN US. Not in one man, but in EVERY man, woman and child who commits their lives to Him. Multiplication that has spanned across the globe. From Israel 2000 years ago, what Christ alone was doing, now God’s children and His sweet Spirit in them is now active daily—light in dark places, in every single time zone around the world. From Covid units to underground churches in literally every country worldwide, God is actively on the move, right now, today. Week after week, I am literally blown away by the miraculous stories I hear from frontline churches around the world. God often uses tragedy and suffering to awaken souls to what is most real and important. My Pastor friend in Poland recently exclaimed, “This is an exciting time in our country! Everyone is open to the Gospel!” We can either look at suffering with human eyes or with the eyes of God’s Spirit within us. We are living in a time of immense opportunity. Psychologists are calling the current mental health crisis a languishing crisis. I submit to you one way out of languishing is to take up your God given right and responsibility to DO something! Each one of us has gifts, abilities, and ideas. Take some time right now and think about the thing that bothers you most these days. If your heart feels hard or weary, ask Him to break your heart for what breaks His. Then ask Him to show you what He wants you to do about it. Ask Him to show you how to start. And if you need some ideas, I always know of plenty of opportunities to get involved and I’d be happy to have a conversation with you. We live in exciting times! Don’t believe for a second that God isn’t good. He does His best work through His people. People just like YOU.

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