The Foleys had been part of a smaller church for several years; Cori and her husband both grew up in small churches as well. They never imagined they could begin attending a large church like Crossings, much less be able to get involved. It seemed overwhelming to them! That fear quickly turned to relief, as they realized, after just a few visits, how easy it is to get involved and how many opportunities there are to minister to others.
That fear quickly turned to relief, as they realized, after just a few visits, how easy it is to get involved and how many opportunities there are to minister to others.
They love the fact that they are part of a church that means just as much to their children. Their kids look forward to being at church and growing their own faith. Jason and Cori constantly leave challenged by Marty’s sermons and find it incredibly easy to worship God every Sunday through the music provided in The Venue.
Listening to God’s Plan
Late last November, Cori and her husband were put on the heart of Lindsey Haugen, director of Children’s Ministries, for a specific need she had in Children’s Ministry—traveling musicians, if you will. The 4- and 5-year-olds needed to have some facilitated worship time in their seven different classrooms, and Lindsey had a feeling this was the very couple who could fill that need.
Lindsey proposed the idea of the “Traveling Foleys” ministry to Cori over the phone; she was receptive but wanted to talk with her husband a little further about the opportunity. They initially came up with reason upon reason as to why they couldn’t do to it. Volunteering is no easy task; it takes a great deal of thought and prayer to commit to service.
Over the following month or so, Lindsey touched base with them, met them in the halls, and just prayed that the Lord would move in their hearts—that if they were the volunteers for the job, they’d have no doubt! Little did she know God would do exactly that!
Realizing the Blessings
In Marty’s sermon series, Almost, Cori and her husband came to the realization that they just needed to do this! Cori says, “We were tired of making excuses and decided to accept the opportunity God had given us.”
In a text Cori sent the evening following their first Sunday to volunteer, she thanked Lindsey for the opportunity to serve in this way. Lindsey was blown away and encouraged by God in that moment. It spoke volumes that people could be thankful for the opportunity to serve. If it met a need for one couple, couldn’t it meet a need for many others? And the effect is everlasting.
We look forward to worshipping with these kids, and we could’ve missed this opportunity if we had let our excuses get in the way.
They have shared how they immensely enjoy doing praise and worship every Sunday morning with the 4- and 5-year-olds. The children light up when they sing the songs Jason and Cori grew up singing themselves! It reminds them of the childlike faith we all tend to forget as we grow older. In Cori’s words, “We look forward to worshipping with these kids, and we could’ve missed this opportunity if we had let our excuses get in the way.”
Cori and Jason now feel a sense of purpose in the church as they have taken on this new role. Not only are they helping to grow these children in worship, but they are growing personally, too, in their walk with Jesus Christ.