We have been going to Discovery Community Church since January of 2007. We started going there after Becky, a then friend of a friend mentioned how much she liked her church. We were looking for a church (we had already been to 5 since moving to WA) and were anxious to find a church home . Even though the pastor didn’t ask Brian to play drums on the first day (as was the case in the last two churches we had been members of in previous states), we knew Discovery was the church God was preparing us for. Our small group was great. We jumped right in and felt no akwardness in being the new guys.
Fast forward to later that year. We were small group leaders, Brian occasionally played drums, I helped out here and there when I could. That summer we even got to go on our first church camping trip. It was so much fun. By that time we were pretty much immersed in this amazing church. Then we got pregnant with the twins. It was a difficult pregnancy, but once again, we had an amazing church family to help out.
Church members I barely knew were handing us buckets of produce after hearing that was a need for our family (I was having a hard time leaving the house to do simple things like grocery shopping on a weekly basis). We had Safeway gift cards given to us by annonymous givers so that we could have groceries delivered to our house. A good friend offered to fold our laundry, watch our kids, etc. I was given a BABY SHOWER. These are my third and forth babies, I never once thought anyone would want to give us a baby shower for this pregnancy! People were amazing.
After the twins were born the blessings didn’t stop. Whole small groups were offering to help in many ways. My laundry was washed and folded, house was cleaned, children cared for, etc. They never stopped thinking about us.
I have heard time and time again that a pastor alone doesn’t make a church great, that it is also the members that can make or break a church. Pastors, however, can obviously be a huge factor in a church. They are busy people. They have many people to lead and a huge responsibility, especially around Christmas. Teaching of Christ’s birth is a big deal. So imagine my surprise when one of our pastors wanted to come on base to give the military families of our church a Christmas surprise. They wanted to take out time from their busy day at this time of the year for our families, wow. I mean, even my husband got off of work early today!
Pastor Rob, poor guy, called us around noon and unfortunately could not figure out a way to get to our house. Most roads to our house were blocked. So he trudged forward and found a way to get here, all to bless our family this Christmas. He left us with a kind card and generous Christmas gift. It doesn’t matter if that gift was a $5 Starbucks gift card or a new washer and dryer set. He took time from his busy day to come to our house and bless our family this year. Wow. Do you realize that our church isn’t exactly just a couple dozen people? There are more than a couple hundred people. He chose to visit with military families to thank them for their service and wish our family a Merry Christmas. That alone meant a lot to us. Thank you Pastor Rob (and Jon too!). You guys mean a lot to our family and we are so thankful that God brought us to Discovery. I pray that I am able to express just how much this church has been a blessing to our family. Thank you.