Sunday, August 12, 2012

1 Year at Eagle Brook Church

  Last year at this time I felt like I had no control over my life and everything was spiraling downward. I felt like something was missing. I started analyzing my life trying to figure out what was missing and what I needed back in order to make my life better. I came up with many answers, but one idea was church. I hadn't gone to church on a regular basis since 8th grade. I went on holidays here and there throughout high school and college, but it was not a priority in my life. I started praying again and as the days past I felt this push to go to church the upcoming weekend. I tried to ignore it, but it became stronger and stronger. 
      I decided to go to Eagle Brook Church where I had gone 4- 5 times on holidays over the past few years. I asked my family to come but they were busy or did not want to. I didn't have any Christain friends, but I put the offer out there anyway and they declined. I kept using excuses about not wanting to go alone, but that voice inside of me did not go away. 
     Saturday came and I went to church. The worship service was outstanding and the message could not have been more relevant to my life. After the service I went to Information Central to ask about volunteering. The man working told me there was a volunteer meeting upstairs in ten minutes. He walked me around the campus and brought me upstairs to the meeting. I signed up to volunteer in Kid- O- Deo and couldn't have been more excited about it. 
     I have been at Eagle Brook for a year now. I believe God led me there and I am glad he did because going back to church changed my life. The Holy Spirit has been working through me this last year. I would have never talked so openly to nonbelievers about my faith, gone to church alone, or joined a small group. God is using me and he put me at Eagle Brook Church for a reason. I don't know what he has in store for me, but I am excited to find out. This has been the best year of my life; I have learned more about Jesus than I ever knew, I am closer to him than ever before, and I see him working in my life and how he is using me to work in others lives.

Yesterday's Facebook Status: "One year ago today I went to church for the first time in years. All it took was one service for me to call Eagle Brook Church "home." This year I attended every weekend, volunteered in Kid-O-Deo, and joined a small group. The best part is, I have loved every single minute of it!"

10 Favorite EBC Videos:
- EBC Lino Lakes iBAND
- Spring Break Weekend
- Don't Stop Believin'
- Born is the King (It's Christmas)
- Sync or Swim (Counterintuitve Series)
- Raising Amazing Kids Promo
- A Year in Review

10 Favorite Memories at EBC:
- Worship with my Small Group
- Global Leadership Summit
- What's the Difference Message Series
- Power Pack Backpack Drive
- Easter Service
- Volunteering in Kid- O- Deo (Large group/ Kid-O-Whampus!)
- Serving as a Baptism Volunteer
- Connect Groups
- Matt Berry singing Matt Kearney's songs during Worship
- Oshae and Mary interview- You can read their story here:

Here's to another terrific year at Eagle Brook Church!

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