BY KATIE WENCLEWICZ, BLOG MANAGER & VOLUNTEER EXTRAORDINAIRE
It was a Saturday two years ago when Zach, my long-term boyfriend, and I were driving to his house talking about our future. I remember looking at him and saying, “I’m not happy with our church.” He looked at me and confirmed what I was thinking when he replied, “Neither am I.”
While both attending Anderson University, Zach and I attended a church closer to campus. Once he graduated and I was still in school, we started church shopping. I grew up in “big” churches and felt at home when I surrounded myself with a big community. At school, though, I found myself attending churches with friends that were smaller and close for convenience.
I wasn’t happy though. I didn’t feel at home.
My senior year I knew that God was calling me to step out and really write down what I wanted for my life. I wrote on a piece of a paper that I longed for a real community where I could connect, feel loved, find great friendships, and ultimately – serve the Lord.
It was that Saturday two years ago when I told Zach that we needed to try Grace.
As Zach is a baseball coach at Fishers High School, I knew that Matthew Cherry, the head coach, attended Grace. I really didn’t know much about Grace, but I knew that Zach respected Cherry, which I thought would bring influence into trying it out one Sunday. So I insinuated that I would love if he would text Matt and ask if we could go with him.
From that Sunday on, we have been all in. All- meaning that we have been pouring our time and resources into making Grace a large part of our lives. It doesn’t stop there though.
After hearing all of the opportunities that Grace offered, I knew that I wanted to get involved. Right away, I felt a tug on my heart to volunteer at the Care Center. What started out once a month turned into just about every Tuesday night. My time serving at the Care Center is nothing but extraordinary. I am so graciously allowed the opportunity to use my God-given talents to pray for others, listen to many different stories, hold conversations with hurting individuals, and bring joy to those who need a smile.
While working at the Care Center was amazing, I felt God was also pulling me to use more of myself for his kingdom. That was when I got involved with the communications team. While working in the public relations industry full-time, the Lord has provided me with talents that I felt were calling me to glorify him at church.
The blessings at Grace are endless.
Not only am I involved, but I see my future partner pouring his heart into Grace Kids (K-1) every Sunday. As a leader, I see how Zach’s life has been changed and there is nothing more beautiful.
When I first began serving at the Care Center, I so desperately wanted Zach to join in. While I am an extreme extrovert, Zach is more hands-off. It’s not that he didn’t want to help; he just would repeat that he believed he would be more useful in a different ministry. It was through that search that I heard God say, “Katie, I have something special for everyone.”
Grace Church is a place where God has allowed us to use all of our talents for a purpose so much bigger than ourselves. I know that I can speak for the both of us and say that serving in different ministries at Grace has changed our lives. Not only are we involved, but we find ourselves making life-long friends that we cannot wait to grow with.
Grace is home and there is a place for everyone.
If you don’t know what your niche is, that’s okay! We have so many serving opportunities that are waiting for you to explore! Check out all of the opportunities here!