Our stories link us to each other, fusing unseen bonds that connect our hearts in camaraderie. Stories engage the whole person. They draw us in, engaging us mentally and emotionally, and often igniting physical responses like knee-slappin’ laughter or heartfelt tears of empathy, or an offer of sympathy through a hug, a note, or a text message. We always react to stories with our whole selves: mentally, emotionally, physically.

 – Amanda Erickson

Too often we limit ourselves to our own experiences of God. But when we share our stories with each other, we come away will a fuller appreciation of the many ways in which God works in our lives. Our understanding is increased as we are open to the perspectives of others. On this page we will hear stories from our church community and about our church community. Our goal is to share with you insights from the past year regarding how the Holy Spirit is using Forest Grove Community Church as an instrument to facilitate Transformation in Jesus Christ in the lives of our church body.

Servant Hearts

Below is a Story of Transformation from Maureen Brown. Maureen serves as Children’s Pastor at the Attridge Congregation of Forest Grove Community Church.


servant-heart-3Both Stephanie Rediger and Allyce Brown have servant hearts and that was shown again this spring when they served at Preschool Fun Camp while on mat leaves with babies in tow.

They both began serving at FGCC Attridge as youth leaders and agree that some of their original reasons for  serving were because of the positive experiences and great servant-heart-2memories they had while attending youth themselves. However, what they soon realized was the community that was created among the other leaders was such a blessing for them in their spiritual walk.

Both Steph and Allyce served in Children’s Ministry as well before they had children. It was an opportunity to serve together with their spouses and to get to know some of the younger people within our church community. When asked to help with Preschool Fun Camp, it was easy for them to say yes. Being on maternity leave allowed them to serve in this new capacity and also allows them to do it alongside their children!

 It is so neat to think that the Fun Camp Director, Jodi Enns, was in my small group when I led in youth and now she is my leader.

– Allyce Brown

 

Serving in these ways, has given us the great opportunity to witness first hand how God is working and doing amazing things through the Youth and Children’s Ministries in our church!

– Steph Rediger

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Corporate Worship Gatherings

Below is a Story of Transformation from Laurie Pauls. Laurie is involved in a number of ministries at Forest Grove Community Church and is a member of the Attridge Congregation Worship Design Team.


img_1399I am a practical, penny-pinching gal who loves to worship God. This year I have learned not only that celebration is a spiritual discipline, but that there is great value and joy in extravagant worship!

Through the Sunday mornings focused on worship, celebration, and creativity – experiencing the balloon drop, kites, waving ribbons, confetti canon, and beautiful flags – I have experienced the value of taking time to celebrate! Those Sundays were good for my soul, for my children (ages 3 &5), and, I believe, very good for our church body.

img_5640The Easter Sunday celebration definitely engaged my kids as they loved waving ribbons and going on stage to do actions to a song. These are the Sundays that light up their eyes.

I am grateful that our church offers many different ways of responding in worship. When there are hands-on opportunities, my kids desperately want to participate! And lets be honest, so do I!

 

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Celebration brings joy into our lives, and joy makes us strong. “…For the joy of the LORD is our strength”

(Nehemiah 8:10)