Martha and I started attending CCUMC on Easter Sunday of 2014. Standing in the narthex, the pastor came by and introduced himself along with his wife and her introduction. The pastor asked us how we heard of this church and we told him, mostly through Shirley and Frank Andress, and occasionally Al Sergel and Bruce Guardiani would speak to me, very highly of this church.
The real reason I am here today is to tell you a story of what happened to me over 40 years ago and also attempt to tie this story in with two separate testimonies that I heard over the last year.
About two months ago, a small group of people became members of this congregation. The second testimony of the day was from a young lady who said something along the lines of, there was a long period in her life where … Continue
The reason I came to the confirmation class was, well because my mom made me. God says that sin is always a bad thing but in some ways it can be a good thing, if you learn from your sins and repent of your sin and correct yourself on the path of righteousness. If you do not repent of your sin and you do not learn what you did so you can correct yourself you are getting farther away from the path if righteousness. Even if you are going the complete opposite way, God will be there to help you turn around and return back, because God loves you and will always be there for you.
The way you can come back to God is by repenting of your sin’s and realize that God is the only one who will always take care of you and will always be there. … Continue
Gary upon joining the church
I was brought up a Christian with Christian values so I didn’t experience any earth shattering revelations that God or Jesus had intervened in my life. That does not mean I am a non-believer but the only time that I felt an intervention was last year when I destroyed my knee ligaments and tendons. I was always a self-doer (stubborn) so when I had to lie in bed and have others take care of me I relied on God as a guide to my patience. Ask others there and they will tell that I was not listening. I was determined to get back in control of my life but again got taught a repeated lesson 8 weeks later that I need to humble myself. (You weren’t listening). At that time it was the understanding that maybe I am not alone on this journey through life … Continue
I started coming to Confirmation Class because I didn’t feel I had a very strong relationship with God. I felt like I needed to get closer with him and I wasn’t sure how, so I started coming to class in hopes of learning how to be closer with him. I like everyone have sinned. I was scared that even though Jesus had died for our sins there may not be forgiveness. I was afraid of no forgiveness because of not having a strong relationship with God. I go to church weekly and attend Sunday school but still felt like my relationship could grow. I saw the class as an opportunity to finally gain the close relationship with God I had been searching for.
In the class we had discussed many topics. Including ways to connect with God. I prayed occasionally when someone was sick or I needed guidance but I … Continue