A few Sundays ago, we had the privilege of seeing Willow Noltemeyer baptized at Sojourn. Every baptism is special, but this one was particularly meaningful, because Willow was the first child born into Sojourn:
I have been at Sojourn my whole life and was the first baby born at Sojourn. I love to read, write, swim and play field hockey. When I was younger, I started to read The Jesus Storybook Bible and my favorite story was the one about Rachel and Leah in the Old Testament. I liked this story because it showed me that God loves everyone, even if they aren’t the prettiest or the best.
I am a sinner and I need God’s help. I sin in many ways, and I need God’s help to be saved. I struggle with anger and I over-react when my siblings are mean to me, but God has helped me to control my anger and pray for forgiveness.
I also struggle with fear. Sometimes I see my friends doing things that are not godly and want to say something to them and preach the Lord to them, but I get scared that they might not like me for doing it–so I don’t say anything. But God will help me to preach the Lord to them and show them that what they are doing is ungodly. Whenever I sin, I immediately know it and sometimes I stop and pray for forgiveness, but sometimes I keep doing it, even though I know that it is wrong. Later in the day, I think back and see that what I did was wrong and I pray about it.
God is someone who loves and cares about me, but also shows me my sins. He is just, wise, and kind. He teaches me to glory Him. He always understands and loves me, even when I sin. God is forgiving and will forgive me when I sin.
During my life without God, I could never control my anger, and, even though I believed in God, I didn’t think much about Him or pray to him on my own. In my life with God, I realize my sins and pray to God about them. God helps me to control my anger and recognize my sin.
On September 1st, Sojourn Midtown is launching a ’50 in 5′ Fall Kickoff push. Over the five weeks of September, we’re looking for fifty people to step into service with SojournKids, our children’s ministry, and the Connect Team, our Sunday hospitality ministry. Here are the ways that you can get involved right away:
At SojournKids, our mission is to show kids God’s glory so they grow to be like Jesus and go to tell others about Him. There are several opportunities to serve right now. We’re looking for classroom teachers for 2 year-olds and Grades 3-5 classes at the morning services. We’re looking for classroom helpers in a couple of preschool classes. If you are interested in serving, please complete the online service application and background check authorization, and someone will be in touch with within a week.
The Connect Team at Sojourn is made up of ordinary people who are excited about helping others experience life with God by connecting to Christ and to Sojourn Church. Being on the Connect team involves serving weekly or monthly with a group of 10-20 people, helping empower and encourage each other towards a common goal. Membership is not a requirement for serving within Connect, although it is a requirement for serving communion. If you love people, serving, and helping others get plugged in at Sojourn Church, this is a great opportunity. We are currently looking for 10 new servants for each service. Sign up here.
Come and be one of the 50 new servants! We look forward to serving alongside you.
I work with a little girl with special needs through Sojourn Kids, and it has been such a blessing! I have seen her grow in so many ways in the short time I have known her and grown to love her more each time I see her. She is such a sweet and intelligent girl and she brings so much joy to everyone around her. Since I started working with her at the beginning of the year, God has been working in her and through her in so many ways. With a little encouragement, she’s begun to greet her teachers when she walks in, interact with other kids, and participate in some of the classroom activities and large group assemblies. It’s been an amazing experience to worship and pray with her during the large group worship time. In the classroom, the two of us have started multiple games of “ring around the rosie” and “red light, green light”! Just last week I watched her run to the front of the class, her eyes lighting up as she read the memory verse out loud to the whole class. Just that simple moment was such an encouragement; to be able to see such clear evidence of God working in her life through the special needs ministry at Sojourn kids. I’m so thankful that God has provided the opportunity for me to serve Sojourn in this way and so thankful for the wonderful work He is doing through this ministry in the lives of both the servants and the kids.