” WE SEARCHED FOR A VERY LONG TIME – OVER 10 YEARS AGO
WE FOUND A HOME – AND THIS IS WHY ”
Moving South was unsettling in more way than one.
We were churchless.
Our foundation in marriage was and is based on this concept.
We enjoyed many years in the little Lutheran church in Portville N.Y.
Raising the kids there – confirmation – and youth group.
Meeting life long friends –
memories of those who have moved on and those still there.
For the first 6 years in NVA we bounced around –
one church after another.
And it took the engagement of Tammy and Marcus Krohn
to finally find a HOME so to speak.
His parents belonged to Community Lutheran Church in Sterling Va.
And he was raised in this church
as his parents were among the founding members in 1972 I think.
Right away we felt and became very comfortable –
and a couple years passed and we joined –
Transferring our membership from Bethel in Portville – to this church.
Along the way – new pastors have come
and old one retired – it now is a two pastor church –
Two services on Sunday and one on Wednesday.
We have become involved in many facets –
from food pantry to distribution –
From Book club to adult Sunday school.
Trips to the ball park to watch the Nationals
to Women’s retreat for
Senior connection breakfasts once a month – yes we are SENIORS !
There is a living garden where 400 pounds of produce
was generated for the food pantry.
Back pack buddies – this is where 11,000 children in our County –
whom qualify for free meals at school –
go home every Friday with
food to eat over the weekend.
GOVERMENT OFFICIALS DO NOT eliminate these meal programs –
That is all they get to eat each day – now some are even including breakfast !
Outreach to addiction – AAA – single parents -there are cracks out there that PEOPLE fall through – Children fall through – Mental illness is real.
Our church is a pillar in the Community –
people search us out -and they are interviewed by our pastors –
a very tough job – but so much needed.
At the local coffee shop – every Friday – a table dedicated to our pastor- A sign on the table “FREE PRAYER” is offered -a place to sit down and talk.
Noisy offering taken up each Sunday – both services by the children -loose change gathered and put into a pail -each month a different charity – or a service performed -college students (two ) in Rowanda supported for education. Utility bills paid for families in need – the list goes on and on.
We found a home that has very deep meanings for us.
Recently – two signs were posted on the front door –
This one reads :
It is a fitting sign of welcome to a church home we found.
It is a place for people to come and feel welcomed.
It is the place we call OUR CHURCH – almost 10 years ago
we became members –
a lot of searching – a lot of going through doors-
And we picked the right one that shared our beliefs.
” WE SEARCHED FOR A VERY LONG TIME / OVER 10 YEARS AGO
WE FOUND A HOME AND THIS IS WHY ”