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YOUR STORY MATTERS

Everyone has a story of where they come from, how they came to be here at Community and how God has touched people’s lives through their faithful service to the Lord. Each week as we highlight someone who has been called into ministry at Community Church, we pray that their story will encourage each of us to recognize how God is working in our own lives and how He desires to bless us as He blesses others through our obedience to Him.

Charlie Jones

by: Erin Keller

10/20/2019

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If you hear the words “Operation Christmas Child,” chances are that Jean Ingram is the speaker. Jean is the voice of Operation Christmas Child (OCC) in Guthrie and surrounding towns, and she is passionate about the mission of the organization: evangelism, discipleship and multiplication. She says, “You see that being carried out even in what we (the local church) are doing. First of all, it’s to evangelize and to tell people about the Lord. It’s not just about a box or the gifts. Then discipleship means that the kids are being discipled afterwards to learn how to be a follower… read more

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If you hear the words “Operation Christmas Child,” chances are that Jean Ingram is the speaker. Jean is the voice of Operation Christmas Child (OCC) in Guthrie and surrounding towns, and she is passionate about the mission of the organization: evangelism, discipleship and multiplication. She says, “You see that being carried out even in what we (the local church) are doing. First of all, it’s to evangelize and to tell people about the Lord. It’s not just about a box or the gifts. Then discipleship means that the kids are being discipled afterwards to learn how to be a follower of Christ, and the multiplication happens when they take it into their homes. I see multiplication happening in Guthrie because we are able to share it. Everywhere we can say, ‘Would you like to hear about it?’”

Jean says she’s a “country girl from Deatsville, Alabama.” Her parents were devout followers of Jesus, and the ladies in their little church who influenced her the most were the ones who loved God’s Word. “They taught me just to love Jesus. I don’t remember when I didn’t love him,” she says.

She became a special education teacher and taught for three or four years, but she says God’s call on her life was to do fulltime work for the Lord one day. After she and her husband, Al, moved to Pensacola, Florida, she volunteered at the church and eventually was asked to lead the children’s ministry, which she did for 25 years, until she and Al moved to Guthrie to be closer to their grandchildren. She had packed shoeboxes for years, but once in Guthrie she jumped in and is now a year-around volunteer and is the Prayer Mobilization Coordinator for this area. Jean also teaches in the Community Kids ministry here at Community. “I know how important it is to reach little kids for Jesus. I love them. I love playing with them…. God says you’ve got to use your gifts no matter where you are…. My purpose is to prepare, not just myself, but other people around me. How many people will I take to heaven with me? That’s what life’s about.”

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Jean Ingram

by: Erin Keller

10/13/2019

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If you hear the words “Operation Christmas Child,” chances are that Jean Ingram is the speaker. Jean is the voice of Operation Christmas Child (OCC) in Guthrie and surrounding towns, and she is passionate about the mission of the organization: evangelism, discipleship and multiplication. She says, “You see that being carried out even in what we (the local church) are doing. First of all, it’s to evangelize and to tell people about the Lord. It’s not just about a box or the gifts. Then discipleship means that the kids are being discipled afterwards to learn how to be a follower… read more

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If you hear the words “Operation Christmas Child,” chances are that Jean Ingram is the speaker. Jean is the voice of Operation Christmas Child (OCC) in Guthrie and surrounding towns, and she is passionate about the mission of the organization: evangelism, discipleship and multiplication. She says, “You see that being carried out even in what we (the local church) are doing. First of all, it’s to evangelize and to tell people about the Lord. It’s not just about a box or the gifts. Then discipleship means that the kids are being discipled afterwards to learn how to be a follower of Christ, and the multiplication happens when they take it into their homes. I see multiplication happening in Guthrie because we are able to share it. Everywhere we can say, ‘Would you like to hear about it?’”

Jean says she’s a “country girl from Deatsville, Alabama.” Her parents were devout followers of Jesus, and the ladies in their little church who influenced her the most were the ones who loved God’s Word. “They taught me just to love Jesus. I don’t remember when I didn’t love him,” she says.

She became a special education teacher and taught for three or four years, but she says God’s call on her life was to do fulltime work for the Lord one day. After she and her husband, Al, moved to Pensacola, Florida, she volunteered at the church and eventually was asked to lead the children’s ministry, which she did for 25 years, until she and Al moved to Guthrie to be closer to their grandchildren. She had packed shoeboxes for years, but once in Guthrie she jumped in and is now a year-around volunteer and is the Prayer Mobilization Coordinator for this area. Jean also teaches in the Community Kids ministry here at Community. “I know how important it is to reach little kids for Jesus. I love them. I love playing with them…. God says you’ve got to use your gifts no matter where you are…. My purpose is to prepare, not just myself, but other people around me. How many people will I take to heaven with me? That’s what life’s about.”

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Kathie Dellenbaugh

by: Erin Keller

10/06/2019

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"God is faithful, and God is good.” Those were the words that Kathie has believed and used as a foundation of her faith since she was young. She was raised in a military family, and church was at the base chapel, which preached a generic gospel. When she was 12, Kathie spent the summer with her grandmother and went to a Baptist church. That was the first time she really heard the gospel, and she said yes to Jesus and was baptized.
Kathie has seen God’s hand in ways that show her He loves her and cares intimately about her. She… read more

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"God is faithful, and God is good.” Those were the words that Kathie has believed and used as a foundation of her faith since she was young. She was raised in a military family, and church was at the base chapel, which preached a generic gospel. When she was 12, Kathie spent the summer with her grandmother and went to a Baptist church. That was the first time she really heard the gospel, and she said yes to Jesus and was baptized.
Kathie has seen God’s hand in ways that show her He loves her and cares intimately about her. She had preventive surgery which made her a cancer survivor without even knowing she had cancer. When her husband Danny was in the hospital with a stroke, his blood pressure was too high to give him the clot-busting drug. Pastor Bill, Kathie and others in the room texted everyone to pray that that the pressure would go down. It did, so he was able to receive the drug. Kathie was diagnosed with RA, but she doesn’t have RA. Her home overlooks a farmer’s field. She jokingly told her son to tell the farmer to plant canola, and canola is what came up that year.“I believe God did that to encourage me, to say I care about you. I really believe that an attitude of gratitude and looking for the goodness of God is so important. It’s not about being happy about a diagnosis. It’s being thankful that you have God to walk it with you, being thankful that God brought the diagnosis to light. It’s looking above your circumstances at what God is doing.“
Kathie has served as director of the children’s ministry and later as director of the women’s ministry. She is currently involved with the care calling ministry and subs for the Mother’s Day Out program and in the public schools.
God tells us to seek Him with our whole heart. Kathie says that as she has done that, she has had more opportunities to minister to other people, and she is blessed to see God work through her obedience. Are you willing to seek Him with your whole heart too?

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Erin Keller

by: Erin Keller

09/29/2019

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“But God….” Those are the words that are ever-present these days in the mind of Erin Keller. “Life can be falling apart, but God…. “
She and her husband Andy have had serious struggles in different seasons of their marriage, “But God” showed Himself faithful, and through those trials Erin learned to go to God first.

Erin and Andy spent years thinking they didn’t need to have relationships with other couples, “But God” has shown the richness and value of living life with good people who pour Jesus into them.

They bought land, but after building and living there for… read more

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“But God….” Those are the words that are ever-present these days in the mind of Erin Keller. “Life can be falling apart, but God…. “
She and her husband Andy have had serious struggles in different seasons of their marriage, “But God” showed Himself faithful, and through those trials Erin learned to go to God first.

Erin and Andy spent years thinking they didn’t need to have relationships with other couples, “But God” has shown the richness and value of living life with good people who pour Jesus into them.

They bought land, but after building and living there for only three months, they had a house fire that took everything they owned. Erin says, “We had to grieve. It was a loss, and I just remember through that whole journey, saying, ‘This does not change who God is. He’s still sovereign and He’s still good.’ I realize now that in every season in life God is going to teach you something, through the easy or through the hard, but in this season I’m learning so much about God and His character, and I’m just kind of blown away by it all. There’s just this awe-ness. I love to say, ‘He loves to show up and show off,’ and He does, a lot of times in ways that we’re not expecting.” “But God….”

Erin serves Community Church on the directional leadership team, overseeing guest follow-up, host team, promotions and social media. She used to live in fear of messing up, in fear of not being good enough, “But God” has used her struggles to help her trust Him as she creates a welcoming atmosphere at church. “I love what I do. It’s not about the buildings or the donuts or the coffee, but those are tools for someone to encounter God…. When they’re here, if they can encounter Jesus, a life is changed, generations are changed….”
What are some of the “But God…” moments in your life? Spend some time looking for those “But God…” moments. As you find them, your faith will be strengthened, and the opportunity to encourage others by your “But God…” experiences will abound.

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Vickie Robards

by: Erin Keller

09/22/2019

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When you walk through the doors of Community Church, you will likely be greeted by Vickie’s smiling face. But God has taken her on a long journey to bring her to where she is today. Vickie grew up as the youngest of five children, and she was the only child in the home from the time she was 11. She was very close to her Dad, but he died when she was 23. “I think I have always had depression because of my Dad dying, and I never dealt with it in healthy ways. I would push Jeff [her husband]… read more

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When you walk through the doors of Community Church, you will likely be greeted by Vickie’s smiling face. But God has taken her on a long journey to bring her to where she is today. Vickie grew up as the youngest of five children, and she was the only child in the home from the time she was 11. She was very close to her Dad, but he died when she was 23. “I think I have always had depression because of my Dad dying, and I never dealt with it in healthy ways. I would push Jeff [her husband] away because if he left or something happened, then I wouldn’t have to feel that hurt all over again. So I put up barriers. I didn’t know how to love my kids in healthy ways.”
Vickie met Bill and Lauri Williams in 2000 at their kids’ soccer games and was invited to church, but it was several years later when Vickie was at her very lowest point that she realized God was the only One who could help her. “I had to literally fall flat on my face and say, ‘You’re the only One that can save me.’ I knew I had to come to Him or I would not be here.”
Since then, God has had Vickie on a journey. She has gone from isolating and not trusting people to feeling like the care and support of people is her passion. She has worked on staff in just about every department in the church: children, custodial, front office, Mothers’ Day Out, the treasurer’s office, and she is now on the directional leadership team overseeing administrative support services. She also volunteers on the host team on Sunday mornings, and you will find her loving on people and helping wherever needed.

Vickie’s favorite scripture is Psalm 40:2-4: “He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay and set my feet upon a rock and established my steps. He put a new song in my mouth—praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord.” ”If I had to give my testimony to anybody who doesn’t understand, I could show them that verse and that explains it for me.”

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Michael Manning

by: Erin Keller

09/15/2019

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Michael Manning should not be alive. He has two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star and spent almost four years in and out of hospitals before his medical retirement from the Army. Michael says, “If it wasn’t for God, I know without a shadow of a doubt I wouldn’t be here. When that RPG landed between my legs, it should have ripped me in half or taken my legs, so my faith has carried me through. He carried me through depression. He carried me through divorce. I gave it all to God, and he took it all off my shoulders… read more

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Michael Manning should not be alive. He has two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star and spent almost four years in and out of hospitals before his medical retirement from the Army. Michael says, “If it wasn’t for God, I know without a shadow of a doubt I wouldn’t be here. When that RPG landed between my legs, it should have ripped me in half or taken my legs, so my faith has carried me through. He carried me through depression. He carried me through divorce. I gave it all to God, and he took it all off my shoulders and I was at peace. Everything I’m blessed with now, it’s because of God. I know when I go through things, it’s just a temporary setback. God’s always going to be there for me…. He just keeps me grounded.”

While Michael deals with short-term memory loss, PTSD and the effects of his injuries, he enjoys volunteering his time to the church. He says Community Church is the only other place besides his farms where he feels safe, and serving at the church helps him to keep his mind and his body busy. “I’m blessed that I feel safe in church because I know a lot of guys that don’t…. I love Community Church. It’s more of a family. No one judges you. No one looks at you differently. My son Christopher is autistic and nonverbal, but I have never seen anyone look at him differently here. The kids treat him like anyone else, and it shows a lot about their characters. It shows a lot about the future of this church.”

Michael believes that giving back to the church is part of what it means to be a Christ follower, and he invites everyone to discover and use their God-given gifts and abilities to serve God and others in their sphere of influence and for the good of the body of Christ.

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Alberto Segura

by: Erin Keller

09/08/2019

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When Alberto was 17 years old, he waded across the Rio Grande River from Mexico to Texas. He didn’t know how to swim, and as the water rose above his neck, he was sure he was going to drown. Looking back, he knows that God was watching over him even then when he didn’t know God. He made his way to Guthrie, Oklahoma, and met both the love of his life, Mary, and eventually Jesus, the lover of his soul. When he met Mary, he didn’t speak any English and she didn’t speak any Spanish, but they communicated through sign… read more

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When Alberto was 17 years old, he waded across the Rio Grande River from Mexico to Texas. He didn’t know how to swim, and as the water rose above his neck, he was sure he was going to drown. Looking back, he knows that God was watching over him even then when he didn’t know God. He made his way to Guthrie, Oklahoma, and met both the love of his life, Mary, and eventually Jesus, the lover of his soul. When he met Mary, he didn’t speak any English and she didn’t speak any Spanish, but they communicated through sign language over burgers and fries.
God reached Alberto and Mary because some friends invited them to church, but God planted seeds the day before when an old friend he hadn’t seen for years stopped by and told Alberto, “I accepted Jesus in my heart six years ago, and I’ve been praying for you because I don’t want my friend to go to hell.” The next day Alberto went forward during the invitation, and Mary also accepted Jesus. His family wasn’t happy with his decision, but his mother and father both later became believers. He prays that God will send someone to witness to his brothers and sisters who have not yet come to faith in Christ.
Alberto was “mainly a regular church member” for many years, taking care of the grounds and facilities and caring for people’s needs. He became an elder in 2000 and joined the staff in 2013. He feels that “it’s a God call because I enjoy doing it. It’s not work.” When asked what God is showing him now, Alberto says, “I feel that God gave me a passion for everyone, but within the last six months, He has really given me a passion to get involved with the younger generation…. I don’t know if it’s because I didn’t have that when I was growing up, but I want to mentor.”
If you are looking for connection, someone to help you grow as a Christ follower, or a place to serve, spend some time with Alberto. He will encourage, exhort and point you to Jesus, who watches over you just as He has done and continues to do for Alberto.

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Charlie & Teresa Evans

by: Erin Keller

09/01/2019

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Charlie and Teresa have been married for 39 years, and this is a second marriage for each of them. They went to church together as kids and then both met and married others. Several years after their marriages had ended, they were reintroduced to each other. Teresa had been praying, and she says she “just knew” when she met Charlie that he was the one God had picked out for her. Charlie says he “went south” as far as his relationship with the Lord as an adult, but over time with Teresa’s gentle urging, he came back to faith. “My… read more

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Charlie and Teresa have been married for 39 years, and this is a second marriage for each of them. They went to church together as kids and then both met and married others. Several years after their marriages had ended, they were reintroduced to each other. Teresa had been praying, and she says she “just knew” when she met Charlie that he was the one God had picked out for her. Charlie says he “went south” as far as his relationship with the Lord as an adult, but over time with Teresa’s gentle urging, he came back to faith. “My faith is a daily thing now … no flashing lights, no major, instant transformation. It’s a daily thing. I know that I stumble and fall every day, and I know He picks me up, dusts me off, kicks my butt and sends me on my way.”

Charlie and Teresa credit DivorceCare with helping to strengthen their marriage. They served as facilitators of that program in Guyman for several years, and they will serve as leaders of the Peace After Divorce class that will start on September 22 as part of Community “U.”

You will also find Charlie and Teresa welcoming people at the front door of the church on Sunday mornings. “We love getting to say hi to everyone who comes through the door, and I love giving hugs,” Teresa says. Charlie says, “We really enjoy Community Church. The Spirit is there when we walk through the door. We enjoy Pastor Bill’s passion. It’s important to be praying for the leadership.”

When asked how their life was different because of Christ, Teresa’s response was, “We wouldn’t be together,” and Charlie said that he has experienced God’s peace that passes understanding.
If you are in the middle of or have been through a divorce, consider joining the upcoming Peace after Divorce class. Charlie and Teresa will welcome you with a smile, a hug, and absolutely no judgment. If you are looking for a place to connect with others, consider joining them on the Host Team. There is a place for you at Community Church.

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Cathy Trout

by: Erin Keller

08/25/2019

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Cathy’s favorite scripture is Joel 2:25-28 because she has seen how God has repaid and restored “what the locusts have eaten.” “I love that He is a restoring God. Not only does He restore, but He restores to a greater magnitude than before the locusts hit. God has given me back my life in a greater way than I could imagine.”

Cathy is a life-long church goer, but it wasn’t until 2014 that her walk with the Lord became intentional and real and that He started to make visible changes in her life. “I’m not the same person I was… read more

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Cathy’s favorite scripture is Joel 2:25-28 because she has seen how God has repaid and restored “what the locusts have eaten.” “I love that He is a restoring God. Not only does He restore, but He restores to a greater magnitude than before the locusts hit. God has given me back my life in a greater way than I could imagine.”

Cathy is a life-long church goer, but it wasn’t until 2014 that her walk with the Lord became intentional and real and that He started to make visible changes in her life. “I’m not the same person I was in 2013, praise God. I had an addiction problem, and God walked me through that…and I was able to surrender my addiction to the Lord.”

Shortly after that, Cathy was introduced to Celebrate Recovery, a 12-step recovery program, which has helped give her tools to deal with other addiction issues, long-buried hurts and codependency, and has helped her to learn who God is and who she is in Christ. She continues to participate in CR and practice the 12 steps. “Recovery is a journey, not a race,” she says. “When people hear the word ‘recovery,’ they think it’s just about drugs and alcohol, but it’s not. It’s for people hurt through divorce, through grief, through childhood issues that they’ve never been able to resolve.” When asked if God has given her a passion for anything in particular, she says, “I feel overwhelmingly drawn to working with women who are hurting, who have addiction issues and who want someone to just sit down and be real. I’m not educated in that department, so God is doing the training…. I really hope and pray that there is a day that Community is able to either reopen CR here or a different kind of recovery ministry, and I would love to be a part of that.”

What ministry would you like to be a part of? With God all things are possible. Ask him to help you grow into the vision he gives you and then jump in!

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Janis Brown

by: Erin Keller

08/18/2019

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When you meet Janis Brown today, you meet a woman who has been transformed by her faith in the power of a loving God and who passes that love on to others. Janis grew up in what she calls “that cult, that crazy church.” She was raised to believe that she was worthless, that she just occupied space. She had no education. Until she was saved, she had no confidence that she could do anything. After she was saved, doors started opening up for her to express herself through art and through clowning, but she was afraid to let people… read more

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When you meet Janis Brown today, you meet a woman who has been transformed by her faith in the power of a loving God and who passes that love on to others. Janis grew up in what she calls “that cult, that crazy church.” She was raised to believe that she was worthless, that she just occupied space. She had no education. Until she was saved, she had no confidence that she could do anything. After she was saved, doors started opening up for her to express herself through art and through clowning, but she was afraid to let people in, and she still thought she had no value.

Janis was introduced to Community Church through her clowning. Mom-O the Clown was invited to participate in the Children’s Festival about 15 years ago. Mom-O was outgoing and fun and happy. Mom-O got to meet people and interact. Mom-O was everything that Janis believed she was not. She said, “The people from Community at that event were so nice and helpful and friendly. I just knew that’s where I wanted to go to church, so the next Sunday I went, and I became a member right away. But I would slip in and sit on the back pew and never make eye contact or talk to anyone. As soon as the service was over, I was the first one out the door.” Janis’ walls started to come down as people made an effort to include her, and over time the layers of protection have fallen away. Now Janis is able to be outgoing and fun and happy. She doesn’t need Mom-O to do it for her anymore.

Janis is now involved in the care calling ministry, funeral meals, host team, and prayer team. Mom-O makes occasional appearances in the Community Kids ministry. And a new area of ministry that she’s passionate about is hospital and nursing home visitation. She says, “There’s just something about being there for people who are hurting, people who are scared.”
If you’re struggling to understand how Jesus can transform your life, talk to Janis. Her story will encourage and amaze you.

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Kay Champ

by: Erin Keller

08/11/2019

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You can find Kay Champ sitting by herself in a corner on Sunday mornings. She is back in the corner of the Worship Center by the cross and the prayer wall, and she is there because she is a prayer warrior.

Kay and her husband Bill started attending Community Church about 10 years ago after they had moved to Guthrie. “We came, visited one Sunday and never left.” They got involved in the greeter ministry and, “After a couple of years Bill felt like we needed to be more involved in a prayer ministry. He felt that lots of… read more

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You can find Kay Champ sitting by herself in a corner on Sunday mornings. She is back in the corner of the Worship Center by the cross and the prayer wall, and she is there because she is a prayer warrior.

Kay and her husband Bill started attending Community Church about 10 years ago after they had moved to Guthrie. “We came, visited one Sunday and never left.” They got involved in the greeter ministry and, “After a couple of years Bill felt like we needed to be more involved in a prayer ministry. He felt that lots of people needed prayer but wouldn’t go down front, … so the prayer corner was created.” Bill and Kay also started an intercessory prayer group on Sunday nights, which has grown and blossomed over the years. When Bill passed away in 2015, Kay felt convicted that she needed to carry that ministry on, both the prayer corner and the Sunday night intercessory prayer group. “As the mother of a pastor, you learn very quickly that you stay on your knees, and so I’ve known a long time that you have to stay on your knees because you’re fighting a war, spiritual warfare.” Kay also helps to count the donations each week with a couple other ladies. There is a lot of laughter in that corner of the room, and it continues as they go out to breakfast each week after they finish.

Kay’s favorite scripture is Psalm 91. She reads that and other scriptures every day and … “that gives me what I need to get through the day, to help others and help myself.”
If you haven’t met Kay yet, stop at her “corner” on a Sunday morning and say hi. If you would like someone to pray for you or with you, look for Kay or for anyone who is wearing a “Prayer Partner” tag. And if God is calling you to be more involved in praying for this congregation and the Big C church, feel free to join the intercessory prayer team at the prayer wall on Sunday evenings at 5 p.m.

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Keri Yates

by: Erin Keller

08/04/2019

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Keri has a passion for students that comes from her own struggles in middle school and high school. She says, “Looking back, I think I had a lot of empty places, a lot of voids that I was trying to fill with the usual—by worldly standards—teenage stuff: drinking and drugs and sex.” All of that carried into her adulthood. She got married at 19, and for a season she and her husband were heavily involved in what she describes as dark places. Keri’s story changed because of her sister-in-law Heather’s story. “She had just become a Christian, and she was… read more

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Keri has a passion for students that comes from her own struggles in middle school and high school. She says, “Looking back, I think I had a lot of empty places, a lot of voids that I was trying to fill with the usual—by worldly standards—teenage stuff: drinking and drugs and sex.” All of that carried into her adulthood. She got married at 19, and for a season she and her husband were heavily involved in what she describes as dark places. Keri’s story changed because of her sister-in-law Heather’s story. “She had just become a Christian, and she was sharing with me what God was doing in her life, what Jesus had done. She was going through a divorce. Her husband had been abusive, and I just assumed she was going to act like the rest of us, but she was filled with this love, this light. One day I went into my bedroom and broke down completely. It was like God was holding this mirror in front of me allowing me to see my filth and my dirt, my shame and ugliness and selfishness, and it hurt so bad. But in that same moment while He was showing me my filth, I was seeing how loving He was, how holy He was, how amazing He was. I remember crying out, ‘What do I do?’ And from the deepest part of my soul the word ‘Jesus’ cried out, and then everything made sense. I went down on my knees one person and stood up a completely changed person.”

“One of my passions is students because that was the hardest time in my life. I wish somebody would have told me that there was a God who loved me, that Jesus… because of him I didn’t have to feel guilt or shame or…. I walked so long trying to fix it on my own, feeling like a failure, unworthy, you know, and nobody told me the good news. So I’m passionate about the students knowing there’s hope in the darkness. I’m passionate about them knowing who they are in Christ, not what everybody else says about them or what they’ve done in their past.” Keri has found her ministry here at Community working with the students. Might it also be yours?

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Gayle Grubbs

by: Erin Keller

07/28/2019

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Gayle Grubbs ministers to 300 people every week as she serves as a volunteer and Board member at God’s Food Bank. “I really enjoy it because I like helping people in whatever way I can,” she says. “It’s a really good program because for $2 we can feed a family of four for a week. You have to really want to be there to do this because it’s hard work, but I need to tell you a story. There was a client that came in about a month ago. He stopped me and took my hands, and he was crying.… read more

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Gayle Grubbs ministers to 300 people every week as she serves as a volunteer and Board member at God’s Food Bank. “I really enjoy it because I like helping people in whatever way I can,” she says. “It’s a really good program because for $2 we can feed a family of four for a week. You have to really want to be there to do this because it’s hard work, but I need to tell you a story. There was a client that came in about a month ago. He stopped me and took my hands, and he was crying. I felt so bad for him. He said, ‘Gayle, this is going to be my last day here.’ I said, ‘Are you okay? Are you sick? Is something wrong?’ He said, ‘No. I got a job. I just want to thank you so much for all you have done for me and how this has helped me.’ This is why I am there. People like him make me want to go back every day. I just thank God that I can be a part of that.” When asked how the congregation or individuals can support the work of God’s Food Bank, Gayle said cash donations are always welcome, and they can always use volunteers.

Not only does Gayle minister at God’s Food Bank, but she also blesses the staff and the congregation here at Community by serving in the office every Thursday. She has a willing heart to do whatever is asked of her, and she does it well and with a smile on her face. When asked what God is showing her these days, she said she just wants to be closer to God. “My husband is one of those people who will do anything for anybody, and I want to be more like that, but I’m not there yet. Being here at Community helps with that because you all are so nice and are such good mentors. When I leave here on Thursday, I am so pumped up from being here. It really makes my week.”

Gayle and her husband, Larry, have been married for 45 years and are founding members of Community Church. They live north of town with a bunch of cows and Jack Russell terriers. You can find them sitting in the back row on Sunday mornings during the 9 a.m. service.

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