Exactly Where I’m Supposed to Be
When I moved to Findlay, I knew I would miss seeing my family and friends everyday, I’d miss my dog, and I’d miss my bed. Little did I know, one of the things I would miss the most would be my hometown church.
I grew up going to a lot of different churches as we tried to find the one that fit my family perfectly. In sixth grade, a friend invited me to go to her church’s youth group. I fell in love with that church and soon became a regular at Wayne Street United Methodist Church in Saint Marys, Ohio. I attended almost every Sunday morning and Wednesday night while living at home. It wasn’t until I moved to Findlay that I realized how much I really love my hometown church, and how lost I felt not knowing exactly where to go on a Sunday morning.
Luckily for me, Campus Ministry at UF is alive and well. Within the first week that I was moved into Findlay, I had already heard about Campus Ministry and some of the different events they offer. My first Sunday morning as a college freshman at the University of Findlay was spent in Winebrenner Theological Seminary (WTS), singing with the Revive band and listening to Pastor Matt Ginter preach, and I felt so at home. This was one of those “I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be” moments, and the feeling still hasn’t faded.
I really do not think that I could make it through these crazy school years without being involved in Campus Ministry. College is hard. Thursday night worship services at Revive (every Thursday at 9 p.m. in WTS!) is something that I look forward to every week, and is always a time that makes me feel better. Revive helps me get my brain off of the stress in my life at that moment, and points me back in the right direction of the one who controls all of my chaos. I’ve even gotten the opportunity to sing a few times with Revive, which has been amazing! It really has pushed me out of my comfort zone and brought me so much joy. Getting to worship with everyone at Revive, on stage or in the crowd, is always a big highlight of my week, and is one of my favorite aspects of my life here at the University of Findlay.
Being part of Campus Ministry has not only helped me with my personal relationship with God, but it also has brought some amazing people into my life. Getting to surround yourself with like-minded people is always awesome, and my Campus Ministry friends are so encouraging and kind! This great group of people always know how to put a smile on my face. I know that if I ever need anything, there is always someone I can reach out to. Even more, I get to live with a few of the girls who are part of this group in the Campus Ministry special interest house this year, which is spectacular!
University of Findlay’s Campus Ministry has really shaped my time so far here in Findlay in such a great way. I could never imagine trying to take on this crazy thing called college without this group of people supporting me by just being there with a smiling face.