I’ve been at Bethany for 3 ½ years and I love it here. I love the incredible pastoral staff I get to work with. I love the students that I minister to. I love the volunteers I work with week in and week out in Jr. High and in High school. I love the people in this church who make up our community of believers.
So the question is why. Why do I love them? What makes me care?
The answer is just as simple as the question. Because of the relationships I have.
I have some great memories with different people here at Bethany. Most of them are with students and volunteer staff with the youth, but there is one instance at Bethany that I’ve cherished and that I’d like to highlight.
My first week at Bethany was 3 weeks before I was hired. I went to the first service because I was going to another church at 11am because for the first time in my entire life, I didn’t have a church family. That morning I was really nervous. I was also trying to be inconspicuous. I didn’t want anyone to treat me differently because I was a candidate for the youth pastor position. I wanted to see what the church was like as someone who just walked in. And I’ll never forget what happened. I was sitting near the back of the church and the lady in front of me talked to me. And she didn’t stop talking to me. She asked me questions about who I was, where I was from, and even told me that there was another service at a later time that probably had music that I would like a little more. She then invited me to sit by her.
Before I came to Bethany, I went to 4-5 churches that I had heard great things about and only at two of them did someone actually talk to me. But Bev talked to me. She instantly cared. Now she’s on my prayer team and prays for me consistently.
Bev McDannald didn’t really do anything that was out of the ordinary. Or maybe she did. And maybe the fact that talking to someone who is new at our church is something that should be changed. Make it a point to talk to people who are new, even if it makes you feel a little uncomfortable.
VBS is quickly approaching and greeters are needed. All that’s being asked is that we talk to people and care about them. Then we talk to them again the next night when they drop off their kids. Then on Sunday, June 17th when they come for the kids singing during service, they’ll know someone and you can talk to them again. For me, it made all the difference. I’m confident that it will also make a lasting impact on someone who doesn’t have a church and doesn’t know Jesus at all. But people are needed. Be the Bev McDannald who ends up in a blog years down the road because you cared enough to talk to someone.
Thanks Bev. I appreciate you.