Guest Blogger - Cindy Schulte
When my daughter Vicki and her fiancé Rich were looking for a church many years ago to start attending, they found Fellowship. She telephoned me to ask me to join her on a Sunday – my response was that I should not leave the church I had been going to for many years. In my statement to her I said that I had to go to my church. Her reply was “When you want to go to a church (not have to), try Fellowship." Hmmm.. sometimes you just can’t go against true logic.
I decided to go one Sunday – not knowing that I would need Kleenex galore as the message just spoke to my inner soul. I went every single week. How did the pastor know what was on my heart? How can you listen to a sermon for 35 plus minutes and want more? On that first Sunday I went home and wrote a letter to my previous church to take me off their list because I would no longer be attending. Did anyone call me to ask why? Never. Not once.
Within a month I knew that God had placed me here and I am eternally grateful to my daughter for inviting me. I got a Bible, not really knowing what to do with it or how to start. But each week I found the scriptures and looked them up (much difficulty in the beginning – even when I got the tabs – it was not alphabetical – ugh!!). But through Growth Groups (small groups that meet weekly), friends (who I met here at FC) and weekly messages the Bible has become such a source of support, comfort and knowledge that God is always with me.
Fellowship Church and its welcoming “come as you are” message treats us just as Jesus does. Even my husband, who was not attending church at the time, showed up just to see what I was "getting myself into."
The pastors (Steve and Andy Eiss) just shared with him what he needed to read to find Jesus. Bob had to investigate the phenomenon of Jesus and when he read the book “ A Case for Christ” by Lee Stroebel recommended to him by them….he was caught. What a wonderful transformation! This church brought him to Christ and when he was diagnosed with cancer 8 years ago – he had the foundation with Christ that brought him through it all – a true inspiration. This gave me a stronger faith as I watched Jesus through him. He would have so much joy in his heart trying to share with others the message of Christ until his dying day.
I cannot tell you how much this church has helped me through the death of my husband, it boggles my mind, but I will continue to strive to move “Up and to the Right” with a church full of family that I can rely on!
Thank you to my daughter Vicki for making that call 17 years ago…I know that God put it on her heart and she responded. My life is forever changed!