Twice a week during our “KNOWN” sermon series, we will be sharing stories of people who have found community at River Valley Church. This is part 4 of 8.
How did you find River Valley Church?
We had just moved back from college and had our first teaching jobs when we were looking for a church to attend. Tom’s mom suggested we check out River Valley Church. It was unlike the church that I grew up in, but we were both amazed by the energy, presence of God and how much we learned each week.
Tell us about how you became “Known” at River Valley Church.
It took us a little while to get connected at River Valley. We didn’t know anyone and were always coming to church late and leaving early. About six months after we started attending the Eagan campus, I was teaching a kindergarten class and in walked Pastor Jesse and his wife Renee ! I joke that I felt star-struck since we had never introduced ourselves to them. Their daughter was going into kindergarten and they were taking a tour of the elementary school. Pastor Jesse was the last one to walk out the door and I yelled to him “Hey! I go to your church!” Surprised at this crazy star-struck kindergarten teacher, Jesse laughed and planned on meeting us on Sunday to talk more. Jesse and Renee were so kind to us and were so passionate about helping us find our place at River Valley. Not only did they help us get connected, but they started a friendship with us. Renee helped me get involved in Sisterhood and later Tom and I went through Alpha together. While we were in Alpha we got engaged! Jesse and Renee also helped us find a young couples lifegroup to get involved in and after two years we finally jumped on board and started serving! I serve in Go Kids and Tom serves in Security.
How has your day-to-day life been impacted by being connected in community at River Valley?
Being connected at River Valley has given us a purpose-filled life. I have made so many great friends that I get together with and go to for prayer and support constantly. As a couple we have made great friends that we not only see at church and lifegroup, but we can get together with outside of church. We are blessed that we got connected with amazing marriage mentors to help prepare us for marriage. It made such a difference in our relationship and helped us talk about things we never would have thought of! Pastor Jesse performed our marriage ceremony where we know the Holy Spirit was moving and lead many people to the Lord. God is so good! He has blessed our lives in so many ways since becoming connected and we love giving back to the church by serving. Our routine of going to church late and leaving right away has changed because we have so many friends that we love to connect with. We try to get there early and always end up staying late catching up with people.