Volunteer Spotlight

When people come to the Community Life Center they experience physical, social, and spiritual growth through the activities and offerings of the Rec Center and Gathering Grounds. These positive changes come from cultivating a family atmosphere that is welcoming and by having talented, knowledgeable personal that seek to make members and guests alike feel at home in the Community Life Center.

The Community Life Center is primarily staffed by volunteers. These volunteers are people from our church and community who give of their time, talent, and energy because they believe in the good that the CLC is doing in our community. Below are their stories. Each month we will spotlight different volunteers to celebrate them and so that you can get to know these exceptional people that make the CLC work.

Virgil Thompson

Area of service in the CLC: I work at the front desk of the gym. My duties include checking people in; taking payments for dues, classes etc.; locking up; cleaning equipment and floors; showing visitors around and answering their questions

When did you begin service in the CLC? I started when we first opened. (July 2016)

Why did you want to be a part of the CLC ministry? I like meeting and interacting with people.

What has been a highlight of your time in the CLC? I have become friends with other volunteers and the people who use the gym.

How have you grown as a person and/or Christian since you began serving? I have become more accepting of others.

Share a story of how you see the CLC impacting our community. There are a number of families home schooling their children who have a place where they can provide physical education.

Are there any other thoughts that you would like to share? The CLC is serving as an important tool for outreach in the church; reaching people in the community who might have little to no other contact with our church and ultimately reaching people for Christ.

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Rita Philpott

Area of Service: Gathering Grounds, barista

When did you begin service in the CLC? When it opened in 2016.

Why did you want to be a part of the CLC ministry? I had previously been involved in the coffee ministry prior to the CLC opening and love being able to serve our community and contribute to the family atmosphere at Bonsack.

What has been a highlight of your time in the CLC? Volunteering at the Gathering Grounds is fun, sometimes hard work, but most of all rewarding. I’ve been so excited God has led me to this opportunity where I meet new people, get to know members better and enjoy a great cup of coffee! It’s great to share with visitors that the CLC is for the community. They are in awe. I’ve seen visitors become members because of the family atmosphere Bonsack offers.

Are there any other thoughts that you would like to share? Gathering Grounds is also a ministry to those who live in third world countries to improve their way of life by using Fair Trade practice. By using Land of a Thousand Hills coffee, we support people and missions in Rwanda, Brazil, and the Caribbean. It is a way for our people to impact the world by doing something that they do every day, drinking coffee.