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Stories of Serving - Emily Zheng

Stories of Serving - Emily Zheng

Written by Lindsey Taylor

Emily’s family owns a Chinese/sushi restaurant in town called Chopsticks. She’s involved in numerous things at school and work, and with every free time she gets, she states she jokingly wastes by relaxing. She really likes watching movies, cooking terrible meals for one, and anything artistic. She also likes pretending she’s “a world-class ukulele player.”

Emily’s been coming to SCC's youth group since her sophomore year, but her family actually attends a church on the south side of Indianapolis called Aldersgate Free Methodist Church, where there is a Chinese service along with English. For the past several months, she’s been attending SCC on Sundays.

She’s a part of the High School Youth Group at SCC, and helps serve at the Middle School, where she is a high school leader for the girl’s 7th grade small group. She loves getting to know younger students from all different backgrounds and being able to be a part of their life every week. She says she always thinks back to her middle school self, listening to friends talking about youth group, and wanting to go so badly. She feels extremely lucky that she can now be someone who helps these children get to youth group, and is incredibly proud to be a part of something that can be a safe haven for all kinds of children.

She states serving at Middle School has changed her in countless, positive ways. “It's not something that you notice from week to week, but every time I take a moment to reflect, I'm always overcome by gratitude. Serving at the Middle School has made me a more confident, compassionate, fearless servant, and a more inspired leader. I've learned so much from the other leaders and especially from the kids. As much as we're supposed to help the kids grow, I've grown myself. I learn right alongside them!”

Serving has also made her more fearless in her relationship with God. In her group, she’s been told "We win when we experience what they [the kids] experience," which has really rung true for her over the past year and a half. Before the Middle School group, she was not nearly as bold as she is now in sharing her faith with others. She says, “I wasn't brave enough to raise my hands during worship. I didn't have the guts to pray in front of people. I definitely didn't have the guts to stand in front of a room full of middle schoolers and dance to "Party in the USA." I've become more intentional and passionate about my relationships, in big loud ways like dancing, and in small, quiet ways, like prayer.” 

Stories of Serving - Amanda Catt

Stories of Serving - Amanda Catt

Written by Lindsey Taylor

Amanda is married to her husband Alva. She has 2 step children, ages 22 and 24, and a 7 year old daughter. She also has 3 dogs. In her free time, Amanda and her family like to go fishing, sit out on the porch, and play games with friends.

Amanda has been coming to SSC since 2011, and currently serves in the KidZone. She states she knew it was the right church as soon as she walked in. She loves how it’s “come as you are”, and she always feels at home and welcomed.

She loves pouring God’s word into the children and seeing them understand what it means. She says, “When one of them comes up to you and tells you something we studied weeks ago, it is so awesome! I just love to watch them grow.” She enjoys watching how simple matters don't bother the children for long, “When something happens, not much later they are like, ‘Oh I'm over it.’”

In her time serving, it’s taught her how to improve her relationship with people by trying to think like a child herself, and not take offenses as much as well.

Stories of Serving - Dan Blackford

Stories of Serving - Dan Blackford

Written by Lindsey Taylor

Dan has been married for 30 years to his wife, Nancy. Together they have three daughters Kylie, Taylor, and Micah, that are grown and out of the house.

He and his wife just adopted a dog from the shelter named Hatchi. When he’s at home, he enjoys gardening and making the place look nice.

Dan has been attending SCC for 25 years and has served in various capacities ranging from leading worship to working in Kidzone. Dan currently serves on the tech team.

He likes the team atmosphere and the fact that, “We’re all pulling for the same end result, and that is to see Jesus lifted high.” He says it allows him to use the talents that God has given him and it lets him be around people that sharpen him.

Being in community with others completes him and helps him see who God is a little more clearly by doing ministry with them.

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Stories of Serving - Amber Nobbe

Stories of Serving - Amber Nobbe

Written by Lindsey Taylor

Amber is married to Roger Nobbe and has a daughter, 12 year old Marcie, and a son, 6 year old Drew. They have been attending Shelbyville Community Church for about 3 years. Amber originally got involved serving in the nursery before changing to tech booth, and has stayed with it for 2 years.

She says Todd Crenshaw is one of the reasons she serves, “He teaches and encourages me.  He also works with your schedule and understands the balance we all need to have in our lives.”
 

This semester, she’s also co-leading an online bible study with Pastor Jess. She’s learned so much leading this study, and loves getting to know other great women who struggle with the same things she does.She’s also learned much from Todd, Brandon, Brad, Jason and Jessica about how much God loves us and wants to be with us every moment of every day.


“I've learned from them that we are all broken and none of them claim to have it all together and it’s ok! As far back as I can remember I have understood and believed that Jesus died on the cross for us, but since I started to serve at SCC I understand that God wants a personal relationship with us.  I am learning how to listen for him.  I am also learning to show people forgiveness and grace, even when I don't feel like they deserve it.”
 

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