We've recently completed membership interviews with several people and I've asked some of them to talk about why they've become part of the Christ Church family. Here's Cassie Quesenberry's story:
Most of my life I have been pretty lukewarm about my faith. I went to church on Sunday, I prayed when I remembered to (or when I wanted something), and I would participate in a Bible study if it worked with my schedule. My relationship with God was on my terms. When I graduated from the University of Georgia in December 2009 I felt lost—I had always wanted to be a teacher but I could not find a job. It was not the first time in my life I struggled with depression. Finally, I got to a point where I was so broken that all I knew to do was ask for help—I began to pray again.
As I built up my relationship with Christ, there were several pieces missing. I felt guilty for turning my back on my faith and rebelling against God for so long—most days I disgusted myself and I assumed God felt the same way. I could not imagine how a Lord so sacrificing and so almighty could love me.
Around the same time I received an invitation to Christ Community Church and decided to give it a try. From the first Sunday I attended I have been amazed at how God has shown his love to me through the members of the church. In the beginning I just knew something “felt different”, but as I look back I know it was through God’s grace that I found a family. A few months after attending the weekly gathering I joined a Community Group and the feeling of acceptance and belonging instantly multiplied. Todd and Carol Harrison and the other members of our group weekly encourage me through love to show love to others. As I began to experience love from others and built my relationship up with Christ through prayer and studying the Word, I finally started accepting that God loves me as His child. What an amazing, freeing gift!
I decided to become a member of Christ Community as a response to the love that the church has shown to me. Just as God pursued me and I responded by turning over my life to Him, the church has been there for me and I know that now I need to support the church. It is time for me to pitch in with what this church is pursuing in our community rather than just showing up on Sunday evenings.
Currently, I work for the Office of Early Learning in Clarke County, teach Jazzercise classes a few times a week, and am working on my Master’s in Early Childhood. I will be in Athens through the summer working on that, and then I will be looking forward to what God has in store next for me.