Volunteer Friday #47: DESMOND SMITH

Volunteer Friday #47: DESMOND SMITH

Every other Friday, we take a moment to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed StudentsSunday TeamsCatapultBloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.

This week, meet Desmond!

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DESMOND SMITH

Volunteer Area(s): 

Band, Production, Lead Team

Why did you choose to volunteer in your area(s)? 

I’ve always been a musician and the emotional impact of being able to create and share music in a corporate setting has always been really powerful for me. In both the band and the production team, I get to have a part in setting the ambiance, the feel, and the energy for the gatherings at Watershed. 

I’ve also been a Lead Team member since 2012. The Lead Team is a small group of volunteers that serve in an advisory role to Matt and Scott in making decisions regarding staffing, facilities, and the overall progress of the community. It functions a lot like a board of elders or deacons in other church settings. It’s a commitment that I take very seriously and I value the opportunity to represent the community in this way.

What has been one of your favorite moments as a volunteer? 

There have been a lot but most recently has been the long hours that it took to move into our  first home. It was amazing to see so many volunteers from so many different facets of Watershed coming together to pour our own spirit and energy into our new space. For me, it felt like it had a powerful impact on our sense of community.

If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be? 

Freeing

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Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

When I can’t get there in person, I need to start my day with some Enderly Coffee at home. There’d be some Mountain Biking in the morning, some exploring in the afternoon, and an evening with my wife, Kristy, at a brewery (or grabbing Fish and Chips at Workman’s Friend) to finish off the day. 

All in all, my perfect day would have to include Seth, people I love, some outside time, yoga, decent food, and maybe a dog.

 

NEXT I'D LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE KYLE YANCEY because…

Kyle Yancey because I’ve seen some of that dude’s dance moves and it would be a shame not to share it with everyone! Also, he’s a great guy.

Volunteer Friday #46: Ginnie Hinkle

Volunteer Friday #46: Ginnie Hinkle

Every other Friday, we take a moment to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed StudentsSunday TeamsCatapultBloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.

This week, meet Ginnie!

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GINNIE HINKLE

Volunteer Area(s): 

I volunteer in Green House (GH), the GH band, and I've been a part of Video Production for the Watershed Christmas series 2017 and 2018. I also just joined the Morning Production crew to help run sound, lights, and more during service.

Why did you choose to volunteer in your area(s)? 

I volunteered in GH because I grew up babysitting and love kiddos. The ability to mentor, ask a child how their day is, help them see their presence as important, or just giggle with a child is one of the most important things I feel like I can do. The opportunity to play music for GH was an offer I couldn't refuse. I love playing music and the combo of playing for kids makes for unforgettable sessions. I also have a passion for film production, so being able to create for a space I so deeply cherish has been a real honor.

What has been one of your favorite moments as a volunteer? 

I've enjoyed collaborating with the creatives at Watershed. Becky Santoro was the genius behind creating the GH band, which has been some of my favorite Sunday mornings at Watershed, especially when we would sing Shake It Off by Taylor Swift for the GH kids. And I've loved working with the amazingly talented Taryn Hofert and Austin Smith to create visual concepts to show for the Christmas series the last two years. I love getting to bring forth my passions such as kids, music, and video, and mesh it with my other passion of connectivity with people. It's great when a community celebrates everyones difference and talents, and allows them to bring anything to the table. I feel like Watershed provides a space where people at any age are able to bring their dreams and ideas forward. 

If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be? 

Bonding.

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Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

My perfect day in Charlotte. Hmm. It would definitely be a Sunday, my boyfriend, Seth, would have to be in town. We'd wake up, go to a Power Flow class at Yoga One, followed by a recharging breakfast of Rico's Acai Bowls (Rainbow Bowl with double Nutella is my go to.) Next, we'd hit the second service of Watershed, get some BOGO sushi at Akahana after service, and discuss the message we just heard over California rolls and Veggie rolls. After that, I'd love to go on a bike ride, long board, or walk around Freedom Park for a few hours (ask a friend to let us borrow a dog?) all the while trying to look as disgustingly cute and lovey as we can (because we're that couple.) To top the day off, I'd love to start a bonfire back at the house while the sun is going down, and enjoy the flames as the night rolls in. I'd definitely want a home cooked meal for dinner, probably opt for tofu tacos or a veggie burger with sweet potato fries. I could invite some friends over to hang, play some music, eat, drink, and talk. Or I could kick everyone out and just enjoy a movie night with Seth. If this perfect day happens to be anytime between April and May 2019, we'd probably be watching Game of Thrones.

All in all, my perfect day would have to include Seth, people I love, some outside time, yoga, decent food, and maybe a dog.

 

NEXT I'D LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE DESMOND SMITH because…

Over the last few years, he's been one of my favorite faces to see on a Sunday morning. And funny enough, he's always doing something different. Whether he's on stage slappin’ bass, in the back running sound, or greeting people, he always puts a smile on my face and has the best sense of humor. He's such an active and valuable person in the Watershed community, and I admire his ability to always make me feel seen.

Volunteer Friday #45

Volunteer Friday #45

Every other Friday we take a moment to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed StudentsSunday TeamsCatapultBloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.

This week, meet Becca!

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BECCA WORTHINGTON

Volunteer Area(s): 

Greenhouse Willows Volunteer

Why did you choose to volunteer in your area(s)? 

Out of the most selfish motivation possible, I have always volunteered at the nursery in whatever church I've been a member of, because it's a scientific fact that kid cuddles are a cure for absolutely everything.

What has been one of your favorite moments as a volunteer? 

I usually volunteer with the Willows because PreK kids say the most wonderfully inappropriate things and make the weirdest and most disgusting food combinations with the play kitchen that I then get to fake-eat. But I actually think my favorite Greenhouse moment was one week when I was having a particularly rough personal time and felt I couldn't sit through the service, I walked tearfully into the back hallway on a day that I wasn't scheduled to serve and asked Becky, "Do you happen to need any extra help today?" She looked at me and touched my hand gently and said, "Do you need me to need extra help today?" I nodded yes, and she squeezed my hand and said, "I think we need extra help with the babies." I went gratefully into the baby room, and one of them began to cry from its seat, so I unbuckled him and picked him up and began singing softly to him and walking the room. He hushed almost instantly and fell asleep on my neck and slept there, breathing peacefully, for the entire service. It was literally the most healing thing I've ever experienced in my life.

If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be? 

Creative.

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Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

I have my literal dream job as the lead children's librarian at ImaginOn, so honestly, as dorky as this sounds, my perfect day would be spent at work. Preferably on a day when I have multiple programs, like baby storytime and family storytime. And a puppet show. And an elementary school program building fairy houses. And then I'd spend the afternoon on a mountaintop cliff, so close to the edge that my feet are dangling off, running lines for whatever play I'm lucky enough to be acting in at the moment. Aaaaand let's be honest, if it's a truly perfect day there will be burritos.

 

NEXT I'D LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE GINNIE HINKLE... because she's been in my Her: Grow bloc for years and has an incredibly talented creative mind (and awesome hair).

Volunteer Friday #44

Volunteer Friday #44

Every other Friday we take a moment to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed StudentsSunday TeamsCatapultBloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.

This week, meet Cheryl!

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Cheryl Bohlin

Volunteer Area(s): 

I have volunteered and led in Greenhouse (mostly in Seedlings).  I've also tutored at both Byers and Shamrock Gardens for several years.

Why did you choose to volunteer in your area(s)? 

In both areas it is in part because I really enjoy kids!  Their wonder, excitement, and vantage is a wonderful juxtaposition to my work-a-day world in banking.

I chose to turor to help open up the world of reading.  A couple years in, though, I ended up with a scholar who had a greater need in math.  That was then my focus for a couple years.  As a math major and an analyst it has been fun to help kids see the "puzzle" in equations and to wrap thier heads around it all.Desire to be a positive impact, to be in relationship with people.

What has been one of your favorite moments as a volunteer? 

Last year, as we entered the Spring semester, my scholar had something click into place around 2nd grade math.  She quickly went from dreading it all to wanting to show off and work as many problems as she could.  Fantastic!

If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be? 

Acceptance.

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Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

Coffee and a morning chat with a friend, some time outdoors at Freedom park, a creative pursuit for a couple hours, and then a fire pit with friends.


NEXT I WOULD LIKE WATERSHED T0 NOMINATE JEREMY EDWARDS because of his natural ability to connect with people.

Volunteer Friday #43

Volunteer Friday #43

Every other Friday we take a moment to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed StudentsSunday TeamsCatapultBloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.

This week, meet Clay!

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Clay Barlow

Volunteer Area(s): 

Bloc Co-Leader, Set-Up Team

Why did you choose to volunteer in your area(s)? 

Desire to be a positive impact, to be in relationship with people.

What has been one of your favorite moments as a volunteer? 

Hosting the social before the showing of The Heretic movie.

If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be? 

Acceptance.

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Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

A relaxing day spending time with my wife.


NEXT I WOULD LIKE WATERSHED T0 CHERYL BOHLIN because of her natural ability to connect with people.

Volunteer Friday #42

Volunteer Friday #42

Every other Friday we take a moment to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed StudentsSunday TeamsCatapultBloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.

This week, meet John!

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John Nance

Volunteer Area(s): 

Cafe/Welcome

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Why did you choose to volunteer in your area(s)? 

This area allows me to meet and great as many people as possible on any given Sunday.

What has been one of your favorite moments as a volunteer? 

I value all of the smiles, hugs, handshakes, and greetings each Sunday.

If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be? 

Exemplary.

Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

A long run on the greenway followed by a great meal at one of Charlotte’s many great restaurants. 

NEXT I WOULD LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE CLAY BARLOW!

Volunteer Friday #41

Volunteer Friday #41

Every other Friday we take a moment to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed StudentsSunday TeamsCatapultBloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.

This week, meet Tierra!

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Tierra Kirkland

Volunteer Area(s): 

GreenHouse

Why did you choose to volunteer in your area(s)? 

I was looking for a way to get involved in church, so my cousin Levon told me about GreenHouse and working with the kids, so I decided to volunteer!

What has been one of your favorite moments as a volunteer? 

Just seeing the kiddos have fun and grow individually.

If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be? 

Diverse!

Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

A perfect day for me in Charlotte is sitting on the porch with some beautiful weather enjoying the company of my awesome friends!!



NEXT I WOULD LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE JOHN NANCE BECAUSE HE’S AN AWESOME INDIVIDUAL!

Volunteer Friday #40

Volunteer Friday #40

Every other Friday we take a moment to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed StudentsSunday TeamsCatapultBloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.

This week, meet Levon!

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Levon Edwards

Volunteer Area(s): 

Greenhouse

Why did you choose to volunteer in your area(s)? 

I chose to volunteer in Greenhouse because ilove working with children. I worked the field of education, and believed that God gave me that gift of being a great teacher for children and wanted to extend that beyond the traditional classroom. 

What has been one of your favorite moments as a volunteer? 

One of my favorite moments as a volunteer has been seeing the growth of the children we serve. Seeing the love and understanding they have for God. 

If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be? 

Love.

Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

My perfect day would be 70 degrees weather, walking or bike riding, lunch in the park. Enjoying life and enjoying time with love ones.

Next I would like Watershed to feature TIERRA KIRKLAND BECAUSE SHE IS A SELFLESS PERSON WHO GIVES TO THE WATERSHED COMMUNITY UNCONDITIONALLY.

Volunteer Friday #39

Volunteer Friday #39

Every other Friday we take a moment to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed StudentsSunday TeamsCatapultBloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.

This week, meet Oliver!

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Oliver Manalac

Volunteer Area(s): 

Production Team, Kindred Bloc, Relationality Bloc (recently retired)

Why did you choose to volunteer in your area(s)? 

I've come to realize that in order to continue growing in my faith and spirituality, I needed to work on my "living in community with others".  Therefore, even though I am very much an introvert and an individualist (#4 in the Enneagram), I volunteer to get out of my comfort zone and, ultimately, deepen my relationship with God.

What has been one of your favorite moments as a volunteer? 

Seeing how Watershed community has reciprocated in kind, especially towards the Kindred Bloc. 

If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be? 

Unconditional.

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Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

Really just lounging and piddling around with my husband Mark.

Next I would like Watershed to feature Levon Edwards because in the time I've gotten to know him--particularly in the Kindred Bloc--he has continued to lean into the community and make a difference within it.

Volunteer Friday #38

Volunteer Friday #38

Every other Friday we take a moment to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed StudentsSunday TeamsCatapultBloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.

This week, meet Jeffrey!

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Jeffrey Smith

Volunteer Area(s): 

Greenhouse Maples Teacher

Why did you choose to volunteer in your area(s)? 

I began volunteering at Watershed with the Cafe Team over at our Plaza Midwood location, shortly after I joined “Diggers”. I think my original reason for taking part in these areas was to break out of my shell and try to get to know more folks within the Watershed Community. I tend to be a bit socially introverted and thought this would be the easiest way to do so.

What has been one of your favorite moments as a volunteer? 

I think my favorite moments being a Greenhouse Volunteer have been just watching the children grow. I’ve hopped around the rooms and cared for two year old’s all the way up to five year olds. I have also been surprised to have parents recognize me and tell me stories of their children mentioning me and other volunteers during their week away from the church. I often see some of our kids while I’m at work, since I’m in a mall all day, and it’s a great feeling when the family recognizes you and stops for a chat and a hug.

If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be? 

Safe.

Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

The perfect day in Charlotte is waking up late, going out for brunch and finding a movie theater to watch a film with a close friend or love ones. 

NEXT I'D LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE OLIVER MANALAC WHO SERVES ON THE PRODUCTION TEAM!

Volunteer Friday #37

Volunteer Friday #37

Every other Friday we take a moment to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed StudentsSunday TeamsCatapultBloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.

This week, meet David!

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DAVID AVALOS

Volunteer Area(s): 

Greenhouse Ferns Lead Teacher, Bloc Leader, Guatemala Discovery Trip 2016

Why did you choose to volunteer in your area(s)? 

GreenHouse is where God led me. I showed up to Watershed one Sunday and was introduced to Co-Pastor Matt. The following week I returned and Matt remembered me and asked me to serve in GreenHouse. I remember thinking, "Okay, anywhere but the 2 year olds." The following week I was introduced to former children's pastor Nate George, and was told I was going to be a Sprouts volunteer (Yes, the 2 year olds!). God has a wonderful sense of humor. He doesn't always give us what we want, but he always knows what we need. I fell in love with the Sprouts room and have been volunteering in there for the last 5 years. Being able to see these kids grow up in an environment where we plant the seed of God's Love and we see it nurtured over the years.  I've seen a lot of transition in Watershed and in GreenHouse. Not just the physical locations, but within the community itself.

I was in two Charlotte Blocs before I decided to form my own Bloc in Mount Holly. I enjoyed my Blocs, but it was always so difficult to travel all the to Charlotte. When I found out there were many Watershed folks living in Gaston County, I decided why not. It has been a wonderful experience, and I hope my Bloc members feel the same.

I went on a mission trip to Haiti in 2011. I had such a wonderful, humbling experience that I knew I wanted to do it again. Going to Guatemala reminded me so much of my father's home town in Mexico, it was amazing. Being able to serve as a translator was an added bonus. I wold love to return perhaps in a different capacity. Because of my training as a registered nurse, I have a desire to participate in medical missions.

What has been one of your favorite moments as a volunteer? 

I have many moments that I can say are my favorite and it is because they all give me a sense of accomplishment, a sense of pride. All my favorite moments center around the same emotion. Many times we have had some kids that are not so excited about being dropped off in Greenhouse. Several times I have had different kids see that I was the "Teacher" for the day and they stopped giving their parents a hard time and came in to give me a hug. This give me a sense of accomplishment, almost like a sense of purpose. I was put in here for a reason.

If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be? 

Inclusive.

An inclusive community: Does everything that it can to respect all its members, gives them full access to resources, and promotes equal treatment and opportunity. Works to eliminate all forms of discrimination. Engages all its members in decision-making processes that affect their lives. Values diversity.

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Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

Attend first service at Watershed. Volunteer in Ferns during second service. Go have lunch with Watershed friends. Spend the rest of the day with Jeff and our dogs Luna and Frankie.

 

NEXT I'D LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE JEFFREY SMITH... BECAUSE I INVITED JEFFREY TO WATERSHED AS MY FRIEND. HE BEGAN ATTENDING REGULARLY AND WE ENTERED INTO A RELATIONSHIP SHORTLY AFTER. I HAVE SEEN JEFFREY GROW SPIRITUALLY AND MATURE IN HIS FAITH. I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR HOW HE ANSWERS THE SAME QUESTIONS I JUST DID! 

Volunteer Friday #36

Volunteer Friday #36

Every other Friday we take a moment to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed StudentsSunday TeamsCatapultBloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.

This week, meet Mark!

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MARK SMITH

Volunteer Area(s): 

Kindred Bloc, Production/Media Team

Why did you choose to volunteer in your area(s)? 

It was a long-time goal to give a voice to our LGBTQ community within our church community and we were able to begin doing that two years ago through Kindred. As for the Production Team... when you work the slides and cameras, Scott and Matt answer to you! :)

What has been one of your favorite moments as a volunteer? 

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August 2018 will be our second year for Kindred to have a booth at the Charlotte Pride Festival representing Watershed. While I am extremely proud to give our LGBTQ community a voice in our church community, it is even more meaningful when I get to reverse that and take our church community to our LGBTQ community. After years of struggling with acceptance and faith, it's an awesome thing to be able to share the message of God's love from Watershed's unique perspective and tell others, who may have the same struggles, about our open, accepting, and loving church community.

If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be? 

Open-mindedness.

Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

Tailgating for a Panthers game on a Fall day with my spouse Oliver and good friends along with mimosas, local brews, and cooking out. 

 

NEXT I'D LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE DAVID AVALOS... BECAUSE THIS SHOULD NOT END UNTIL EVERYONE IN GREENHOUSE IS FEATURED!

Volunteer Friday #35

Volunteer Friday #35

Every other Friday we take a moment to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed StudentsSunday TeamsCatapultBloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.

This week, meet Eric!

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ERIC BLOUGH

Volunteer Area(s): 

Started in GreenHouse and now in Middle School Bloc

Why did you choose to volunteer in your area(s)? 

Started to be involved with my son and the kids in our community. 

What has been one of your favorite moments as a volunteer? 

With kids, you never know what happens so most are funny moments that you don't see coming and the smiles on the kids. 

If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be? 

Kindness.

Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

A Sunday morning when I teach MSB, then off to play soccer with my Sunday soccer family, finished off with a cold beer.

 

NEXT I'D LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE MARK SMITH... BECAUSE HE VOLUNTEERS IN A FEW AREA AT THE SAME TIME. 

Volunteer Friday #34

Volunteer Friday #34

Every other Friday we take a moment to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed StudentsSunday TeamsCatapultBloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.

This week, meet Will!

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WILL RICE

Volunteer Area(s): 

GreenHouse Diggers/Maples

Why did you choose to volunteer in your area(s)? 

My wife volunteers in there and I get to spend time with her while she is volunteering when I volunteer with her.

What has been one of your favorite moments as a volunteer? 

One weekend my wife was out of town, so I was volunteering without her. This one little girl, who I was pretty sure didn't know my name, came up to me when she got dropped off and said "Hello, Mr Will."  She is one of our favorite kids, and to have her know my name was pretty awesome.  then she looked around and asked "Where's Ms Hannah?" I started cracking up and couldn't wait to tell my wife that not only did this kid know who we were but somehow she knew we were together... or something. To this day that kid is one of our favorites and she always seems happy to see us and that makes us always glad we came to volunteer.

If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be? 

Unconventional. 

Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

Wake up kind of late. Breakfast on the back porch watching the birds. A bit of yard work or some other project around the house. Head off for some mountain biking or wakeboarding somewhere.  Or orienteering. Back home early afternoon. Nap on the couch or in a hammock. Mojitoes or margaritas in the afternoon watching and waving at cars on our street. Steak and potatoes for dinner.    

 

NEXT I'D LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE ERIC BLOUGH... BECAUSE THE KIDS IN MIDDLE SCHOOL SEEM TO REALLY LIKE HIM AND GET HIM. 

Volunteer Friday #33

Volunteer Friday #33

Every other Friday we take a moment to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed StudentsSunday TeamsCatapultBloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.

This week, meet Wyatt!

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WYATT CROMER

Volunteer Area(s): 

Band

Why did you choose to volunteer in your area(s)? 

I love to play the drums, I love playing with other musicians and I love doing both of those things at church. I also love to see God work in others both in the message and lyrics of music, as well as the melody and beat of the music itself. 

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What has been one of your favorite moments as a volunteer? 

My favorite moments as a volunteer are during the unexpected times. For example, I might feel encouraged with anticipation about a song that the band is going to play on a given Sunday. At first, I may think, “What a great song this is going to be! This song could really speak to others and is especially relevant to this week’s series and message!” During the Sunday when I’m actually playing, I end up getting hit with the whole core of the song like a ton of bricks.

I feel like my expectation about what I thought the moment of that song “was supposed to be like” on Sunday resulted in a dramatically different outcome. Instead of the song impacting only somebody else in a meaningful way, it ended up additionally impacting me in ways that I wasn’t able to see until I finally played the song that 100th time.

If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be? 

Family.

Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

Anything that involves family, friends, free food and fellowship.

 

NEXT I'D LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE WILL RICE. 

The Potting Shed | Kids & Screens

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Parenting is really hard. Parenting these days is getting even harder. Questions like “What is a Snap story?”, “Where are the parental settings on Fort Nite?”, and “ Your friend posted what on Instagram?” are becoming all too common. And these are even the easy questions! They get more difficult or confusing from there. Our families need all the resources we can get!  

This was a big part of the impetus that brought me to Potting Shed last month. My name is Jessee Eppley. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist at One12:Counseling in the Ballantyne area, as well as a parent and avid supporter of GreenHouse. I was given the opportunity to meet with fellow parents to discuss what it means to raise kids in a world that is quickly becoming inundated with social media, device expectations, and a variety of other digital concerns. I was grateful to have the chance to share a bit of my professional expertise with my community. It was also amazing to hear the insights and stories you all brought to the table.  

The fact is that this topic is one that will not be going away any time soon. So, to that end, we recorded this most recent installment of Potting Shed, for any parents who were not able to attend the event. We wanted to make sure this information is available to anyone who might benefit from it. The link is below:

Potting Shed | Kids & Screens

One of the many things I loved about this past Potting Shed was the idea that none of us have to feel alone in this whole parenting gig. Many of the questions and ideas expressed were around how we as a community can encourage one another when setting boundaries and exposing our kids to a world outside of the screen. I think this is the best next step for our group. 

I think it is a great conversation and one that will continue to come up more and more as the days go by. I look forward, as a fellow parent and resource, to continue being part of that conversation, and I want to end by reminding you… It takes a village to raise kids, and we have one heck of a village here at Watershed Charlotte. You are not in this alone.  

Grace and Hope.  

Jessee Eppley

Volunteer Friday #32

Volunteer Friday #32

Every other Friday we take a moment to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed StudentsSunday TeamsCatapultBloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.

This week, meet Vangie!

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VANGIE WHITLEY

Volunteer Area(s): 

Seedlings - Babies/Toddlers

Why did you choose to volunteer in your area? 

Life is hectic. I always have a to-do list and no matter how much I do the list never seems to get shorter. I have an ailing elderly parent in assisted living that requires a lot of my time and I never really know when I’ll get a call needing me. As I’ve gotten older I’ve realized I have very little control over things that I deal with on a daily basis and being flexible with my time is a must. It’s chaotic, unpredictable and extremely stressful, but nothing more than what everyone else dealing with elderly parents do.

For me, there’s nothing more fulfilling than holding a baby, their innocent little eyes looking right up at you and the sweetest little smile on their face. It’s calming, rejuvenating and always makes me smile. I love children and just being around them. This is a needed service for parents to have an opportunity to continue their spiritual journey and I’m happy to help make that possible. (I know everyone is thinking, "But what about when that sweet little angel isn’t very happy and the crying can be heard throughout the church?" Well that’s when love and patience takes over and again, you just have to smile!)

What has been one of your favorite moments as a volunteer? 

Sitting on the nursery room floor with 3 littles ones sitting on me and we’re all smiling and playing.

If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be? 

Welcoming.

Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

The day begins without a to-do list, my mother is doing well and there’s no place I have to be. It would be springtime, my favorite season when everything is new and blooming, just minus the pollen! I can put a smile on the face of someone along the way, there’s time to play with Rudi, my Westie, and time to share the sunset and a glass of wine with my partner Cindy.

 

NEXT I'D LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE WYATT CROMER BECAUSE... HIS MUSIC AND VOICE ALWAYS TOUCHES ME SPIRITUALLY. 

Volunteer Friday #31

Volunteer Friday #31

Every other Friday we take a moment to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed StudentsSunday TeamsCatapultBloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.

This week, meet David!

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DAVID MONTS

Volunteer Area(s): 

EVERGREENS

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Why did you choose to volunteer in your area? 

Evergreens is fun (read easy) age.  They are independent but listen to you most of the time.

What has been one of your favorite moments as a volunteer? 

Watching all of the children grow and develop. They change so much from the time they first get into the classroom til the time they leave. Just being really proud of who they are becoming.

If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be? 

Freeing.

Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

Waking up with our 19-month old and cooking some breakfast on a Saturday while momma and our 11-week old get a little more sleep. Walking to the park and maybe grabbing a sour ale on the way back at Sycamore Brewery if the little ones are not too cranky. Let's say its mid-spring so we get a baby sitter to put the kids down and go enjoy a baseball game at BB&T park. :) 

 

NEXT I'D LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE: Vangie Whitley

Volunteer Friday #30

Volunteer Friday #30

Every other Friday we take a moment to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed StudentsSunday TeamsCatapultBloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.

This week, meet Brian!

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BRIAN MILLER

Volunteer Area(s): 

Bloc Leader…for what seems like forever.

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Why did you choose to volunteer in your area? 

Connecting with other men can be a challenge, even on the surface. I love to see individuals just be together, talk about whatever and connect however. I’ve learned so much from the eclectic group of men I have the privilege of spending time around. Life is messy, why do it alone?

What has been one of your favorite moments as a volunteer? 

Any time someone shares a ‘weight or burden’ and then exhales afterward as if the weight has been lifted or lessened by speaking the burden into the air. People rarely let their guard down…and when the mask is removed people are imperfectly beautiful. That’s a pretty cool experience.

If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be? 

Centering.

Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

A day out at the park with the kids and wife followed by some ice cream…sans whining and tantrums of course. My kids are special people and sharing them with my wife is energizing.

 

NEXT I'D LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE DAVID MONTS, 'CAUSE HE'S AN INTERESTING CHARACTER.

Volunteer Friday #29

Volunteer Friday #29

Every other Friday we take a moment to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed StudentsSunday TeamsCatapultBloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.

This week, meet Kevin!

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KEVIN SNYDER

Volunteer Area(s): 

Watershed Band, Bloc Leader (Men's Bloc)

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Why did you choose to volunteer in your area? 

As a musician, music and worship quality was really what I looked for in a church.  So when I first attended Watershed in September 2010, the music was the first draw.  Within two months of my first service, I joined the band.  At that stage of my life, I was really going through a lot of personal change, working through some serious matters, and I was alone.  The Watershed band embraced me and the friendships that grew out of that truly gave me hope.  Many of those, now 8 years later, are life-long friends.   In fall 2009 I took the Bloc Leader training class and met Brian and Dre Miller.  Brian and I ended up starting a Men's Bloc soon after and we've been going strong for 7 years!  

What has been one of your favorite moments as a volunteer? 

The men in our Bloc has seen a lot of amazing things occur through the years.  But we've also had some tragedy and hurt.  For me, the support that these men have for those in our group that are going through the hardest times in life is incredible.  It makes me proud to have friends that are willing to sacrifice time, skills, money, and a listening ear at the drop of a hat.  We're truly a brotherhood that has each other's back no matter what. 

If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be? 

Life-giving.

Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

My wife Lindsay and I make breakfast at home, egg sandwiches with bacon, coffee and catch up on one of our shows.  We then take a nice long walk with our 1 month old, Logan, maybe down the greenway.  We'd grab lunch in Plaza Midwood, then head to a brewery for an "afternoon-cap".  I'd end the day performing with my band Radio Lola, with our amazing Watershedder lead singer Dani Engle at the helm rocking the venue!

 

NEXT I'D LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE BRIAN MILLEr, MY BLOC LEADER COHORt AND BEST FrIEND HEre IN CHARLOtte!