I resigned myself to seeking God’s message and meaning in my work and in everyday life. But as life went on, I felt a need to re-connect with God in a community and I (we) also began to feel that our children should have a similar opportunity to experience God in a way that both my wife and I did, in an engaging and open community.
Over the years of our marriage and life, we have tried a few Christian worship venues including Presbyterian while living in the midwest, and later Methodist and Episcopalian when we moved to the Frederick area just over 7 years ago. We even visited a Unitarian Universalist congregation a few times...but Episcopalian for us was a nice (compromise), mixing traditional catholic themes during worship with an open and accepting Christian community.
Life got busy after moving to Brunswick in early 2013 and we stopped going to All Saints in Frederick, but we knew that we wanted to get back to an Episcopal church that was closer to home; so after a couple drive by’s to stare at Grace’s beautiful Gothic Stone facade, we decided nearly 2 years ago to come to Grace on the first Sunday of Advent in 2015.
Since then, I have been roped in to managing the Food Forest, Stacey begrudgingly serves on the Vestry and Altar Guild, and Millie just mouths the words while standing up here with the choir...Bazinga!
We all love Grace, and have enjoyed the people and the ministries we have each taken on to contribute to the needs of Grace and Brunswick.
For my part in Grace ministries, I am the BFF manager., For me, this was a no-brainer to help with the BFF ministry. I have always enjoyed gardening, and managed to grow tomatoes, squash, pumpkins, and peppers on a very small home garden scale beginning at an early age and throughout my life. BUT to grow vegetables on a quarter acre to bring produce to the needy in Brunswick? Wow!
Working in the BFF allows me to connect with Nature in a way beyond just enjoyment-I achieve an almost meditative state while working in the garden where at times I feel a connection to God and at times even proclaim his name (mostly in vain when I would stand up after crouching for long periods to sow seeds or pull weeds Or when Mother Anjel would sneak up behind me).
Even more, It has afforded me opportunities to interact with others at Grace and the broader community.
We love it here, and feel fortunate that God showed us the way into the Grace family.