I found Epworth exactly when I was supposed to. I believe I was led there by divine intervention and everything has happened exactly as it was supposed to…I was adopted at 6 days old and know nothing of my biological background. I was raised in a Conservative Jewish family. I went to Sunday School, was Bat Mitzvahed, went to services on the High Holy Days and celebrated the holidays with my family. The only problem was- I was missing a spiritual connection to the religion and had only continued to practice as to not disappoint my mother. It was 2015 and Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish Calendar. It was also the day the Pope came to the U.S. and I stayed home from services to watch him. It was then that I had an epiphany! I wanted to explore the Christian faith. I was giddy with excitement for my husband to come home so that I could share with him that I knew what was missing from my life and just like that a true clarity came over me. I started reading and researching what it meant to be a Christian. I asked endless questions of my Christian friends what it meant to them to be a Christian. My husband was very supportive in my endeavor as he was raised in the Presbyterian Church. We started “shopping” churches and one of my closest friends guided me in my pursuit. Easter of 2016, I professed my belief in Jesus Christ at a church we were testing out. It was one of the most emotional experiences of my life. Tears of joy spilled from my eyes and my heart was overwhelmed with love as I acknowledged my belief in our Lord Savior.
It was shortly after that, that we decided to try out a service at Epworth. Epworth wasn’t a stranger to us as our son was in Scouts and they were our sponsor, but we had never actually attended a service there. We were warmly greeted entering both the church and the doors to the sanctuary. Walking into the sanctuary I told my husband, “This feels right.” We started attending regularly every Sunday thereafter. I had found my new spiritual home. My church family. My children and I were baptized, we became members and we have planted deep roots in our church. Our children attend Sunday School classes and S.W.A.T (Students With A Task) We volunteer for Serving 419, where we go out into the community and help others while spreading the love of Jesus Christ. I serve on the Children’s Discipleship team and have come full circle as I am one of those faces that may greet you as you come into our welcoming church. I hope that you find it as inviting as I did and feel welcomed and supported by the Epworth community.
The love of Jesus is felt in every corner of our church. My faith continues to grow and flourish every day for I am blessed, truly blessed to have found my church family. They have embraced me and my family. Everyone is accepted for who they are, for God has made us this way. To know the teachings and love of Jesus have made my life complete. God gives us what we need, when we need it. I am no longer searching. Thanks Be to God!
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