Belonging and Hospitality Ministry:
The Phillips' Story
The Phillips’ Story
Church of the Servant has been integral at many pivotal points in our life. We were married here in 2001 and then began attending services with limited regularity on Sunday. It wasn’t until just a few years ago that we made the decision to become members.
About a year before we transferred our membership, we found ourselves in desperate need of change. We were years into our marriage, two beautiful children to show for it, each of us had established careers, and we were painfully aware that we were unhappy. Chris had been in the restaurant business since before we were married and the hours and related stress were taking a toll on our relationship and our family life. It was during this time that I was volunteering on the VBS decorating committee – I would like to say it was out of the goodness of my heart that I volunteered, but really it was the child care offered that gave me a break and some time with other adults given that Chris worked opposite hours as me. It was here that I met Amy Weber who invited me to Sunday School. Chris attended with me a few Sunday’s later and met her husband, Troy. It wasn’t long before we made friends with many other couples in the class and began looking forward to lessons by our teacher Prudy Gorrell who always helped us see the difference we could make in the world around us. She was quick to point out that we were a witness by simply being in church and being willing to share our lives with each other.
Around this same time there was a weekend retreat for “Getting the Marriage You Want” that we signed up for, but then it didn’t make. We asked Dr. Nigh, who was to lead the sessions along with his wife, for private appointments. He obliged and through his Christian counseling, Chris and I really began dealing with the ugly feelings of resentment and disappointment that had crept into our marriage. It was with a lot of soul searching that we both finally become whole-heartedly recommitted to our marriage. We knew that spending time together was going to be critical to our family’s success and this would mean a career change for Chris. A couple of weeks later, Chris noticed the coffee cup a new friend, Brian (Perry) brought into Sunday school. They started talking about the food distribution company he worked for that was branded on the mug, which started the conversation. It wasn’t long before Chris had interviewed and gained employment with the same company. Beyond our children, this was one of the best things that had ever happened to our marriage as we now had nights, weekends and holidays to spend as a family!
Soon we were cheering on our kids together as they played soccer in the church sponsored YMCA league coached by Dustin and Laine Baker, we participated in “Stop Hunger Now” as a family, we were able to attend church, Sunday school and participate in WOW regularly. Finally we accepted Jeremy (Sanders) invitation and officially transferred our membership. When we think back about the impact of Church of the Servant on our lives we know that it has been profound. The most fascinating part is that it hasn’t been through contrived efforts; instead we believe it has been of intentional, yet natural, simple, and organic means…. invitation, friendship, fellowship, support, and love.
Thank you Church of the Servant. Without you, we never could have been on this rock.
- Chris and Lori Phillips
“Upon this ROCK I will build my church!” – Matthew 16:18
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Pledge Sunday – October 27