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!

Volunteer Friday #28

Volunteer Friday #28

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 Brady!

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BRADY NICHOLSON

Volunteer Area(s): 

Watershed Band, former Tear Down member (thankfully, no more with Watershed's permanent home)

Why did you choose to volunteer in your area? 

I hopped in to the Tear Down team after I'd been attending about a year. O'Neil reached out to me, and I felt that it was time to invest a little more in the community since I was receiving so much good from Sundays and the Blocs I had started to get into.

After 2 1/2 years, I was asked to attend the Catalyst conference in Atlanta with the group that was signed up. I'm so glad I said yes because, not only was it the exact fueler and refresher that I needed, I met and connected with a larger group from Watershed that I had yet to. It was pivotal. That weekend, I fessed up to Taryn that I'm a musician, and the jig was up. I immediately joined the worship band, and have loved being a part of it ever since. To loosely quote Conor Oberst, "Music (art) is a key way for me to make sense of the world and how I interact with it." That absolutely includes how I connect with God, experience the intricacies of the Divine, and hear Truth. I suppose if my vibrating guitar strings act as conduit for others to enter into to that kind of Communion, then I'm in the right place.

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

One of my favorite moments as a volunteer was the first Band/Tech Christmas party that I was invited to. It was so cool and inviting to get closer to my peers and see how being real and relaxed with each other fosters better collaboration. From then, there have been countless moments that I've been grateful for. An honorable mention is when we started the first service one day, and a member who will remain unnamed missed the entire first song because they were tending to some early morning "business".

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

Woven.

Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

My perfect day in Charlotte? Man, that can include a lot. I love to go on long urban bike rides. I love passing through Uptown, especially during business hours, then head South and East admiring the architecture of the city's homes and landscapes. And I like to top it off with a tasty brew from any one of the fine breweries we have in town. Oh, and giving out free hugs would make it all a perfect day.

 

NEXT I'D LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE KEVIN SNYDER BECAUSE... HE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST SMILING FACES THAT SOUGHT ME OUT TO INTRODUCE HIMSELF, AND WE'VE BEEN GREAT FRIENDS EVER SINCE! AND HE SLAPS A MEAN BASS!

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Volunteer Friday #27

Volunteer Friday #27

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 Ted!

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TED ROSENAU

Volunteer Area(s): 

I started playing acoustic guitar in the band during Watershed's second year and jumped into electric guitar about five years ago, ruining many eardrums in the process. I started running sound in the Actor's Theater days as well and am passionate about bringing a full, live sound to Sunday mornings.

Why did you choose to volunteer in your area? 

Music is a natural area for me and I love that I can, either accompanying or mixing the Watershed band, help create the kind of environment where folks can feel free and moved. 

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

Any morning we get to unleash some John Mark McMillan or other rock and roll monster is a good morning. I will never forget, however, starting off a song in the wrong key. Maybe that's why they don't let me sing anymore! Playing the first morning at our new home was a really special thing for me. 

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

Good magic. Family. Home. 

Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

Any day with bikes and breweries with good friends is a good day. Add some tacos and it might just be perfect. 

 

NEXT I'D LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE BRADY NICHOLSON BECAUSE... HE IS PROBABLY THE MOST "WILL GO OUT OF HIS WAY TO MAKE SURE YOU'RE OK" PERSON I KNOW... WITH AN EXCELLENT BEARD TO BOOT!

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Volunteer Friday #26

Volunteer Friday #26

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 Gwen!

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GWEN SAUNDERS

Volunteer Area(s): 

I currently play in the band. In the past, I’ve co-led a Her: Grow Bloc and served as a reading buddy at Shamrock Gardens.

Why did you choose to volunteer in your area? 

Music is how I best process and connect, and the worship is what really drew me to Watershed when I first visited – almost seven years ago! It is a blast to play alongside such a talented and authentic group of people.

I was part of a Her: Grow Bloc for a few years before serving as a Bloc Leader. I experienced firsthand how transformative it can be to have a safe place to connect with other women beyond the surface, and I wanted to share that.

As for being a reading buddy, kids are just fun! Being around them reminds you what's important in life.

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

Getting to be a part of something bigger than myself.

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

Gracious.

Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

A fall day, when the weather is perfect for a run around the booty loop! 

 

NEXT I'D LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE TED ROSENAU BECAUSE... (1) HE IS KNOWN TO WORK RADIOHEAD LEADS INTO WORSHIP SONGS AND (2) HE LITERALLY VOLUNTEERS FOR EVERYTHING!

Volunteer Friday #25

Volunteer Friday #25

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 Liz!

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LIZ THOMAS

Volunteer Area(s): Formerly teardown, but now will be a traffic controller! I’ll get to put my directionally challenged self to the test. I hope we get those cool handheld lights like those people on the airport runway. 

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Why did you choose to volunteer in your area? 

I like to sleep in. :)

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

Seeing all the Watershed community gather and catch up after each Gathering. So many hugs (and lots of plaid)!

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

Open. I believe Watershed embraces everyone from all walks and stages of life. We pour love into everyone and everything that we meet. 

Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

That’s a tough one. I would have to say April 25th because it’s not too hot, not too cold, all you need is a light jacket.

 

NEXT I'D LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE GWEN SAUNDERS BECAUSE... SHE'S EXTREMELY TALENTED, QUITE LOVELY, AND A BADASS!

Volunteer Friday #24

Volunteer Friday #24

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!

DAVID BELL

Volunteer Area(s): Tear Down Team (soon to be part of Parking Team)

Why did you choose to volunteer in each of your areas? 

Being a part of smaller church communities in the past that were very dependent on volunteer involvement, I learned quickly that the church, by its nature, functions when it is predominantly about giving and provision as its purpose instead of receiving. 

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

Visiting with new acquaintances while volunteering. They always help us out!

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

In-process (yes I added the hyphen to convince myself that's one word)

Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

Sept 24th (kidding)! I gorge myself on brunch at some dainty nouveau restaurant that I'll have to own up to later, go to WWC for a run while Christen hits the rock wall, my buds and I mosh pit with strangers to a bluegrass or jazz band, then we drive home sweaty with pico de gallo hot dogs from Carlos at 36th & Davidson in terrible need of electrolytes and a plan for how we can't keep doing this to our bodies anymore.

 

NEXT I'D LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE LIZ CROSBY!

Adventure Awaits: Camp Tekoa 2018!

Adventure Awaits: Camp Tekoa 2018!

WATERSHED SUMMER CAMP AT CAMP TEKOA

Watershed is excited to announce our second year of summer camp experiences for children and students ages 7-17!  Your child is invited to spend a week (or half week depending on age) with us at Camp Tekoa, a beautiful camp nestled in the mountains of Hendersonville, NC. This camp is a beloved summer camp of some of our Watershed GreenHouse/Shed Student leaders not only because they attended the same camp as children, but because they have been sending their own kids there as well for the past few years. We have tested the waters and we know you will love this place!

This Watershed summer camp experience is sure to be unforgettable for your child. Children will get to experience God in the context of nature and enjoy community with their fellow GreenHouse and/or Shed Student friends. Plus they are going to have a ton of fun given all the amenities and activities at Camp Tekoa. From arts and crafts to ziplines, swimming and campfires, adventure awaits your child!

Are you new to the whole camp thing? Never fear! Camp Tekoa offers ways to send your little campers email during their time away and they even have secured photos posted throughout the week so you can follow along with your child's journey!

Although registration will be done directly through Camp Tekoa, we ask that you respond to Watershed Children's Pastor Becky Santoro before registering so we can keep track of which Watershed families are also taking part in camp and help resource you with possible carpooling/transportation and child roommate request opportunities. Fill out this form to express interest and get in touch with her!


WATERSHED CAMP TKO WEEK 8: JULY 29TH-AUGUST 4TH, 2018

MINI CAMP (Ages 7-9): There is an option for first time and young campers to spend just half a week at camp. These shorter sessions give your new camper a taste of everything and might be more cost effective. Cost is $270.
FULL WEEK CAMP (Ages 8-17): This is the classic camp experience. From the thrill of the zipline to various lake activities and other adventures, your elementary student is sure to have an unforgettable experience! Cost is $570. 

A minimum $50 non-refundable and non-transferable deposit by electronic check, Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express is required online to reserve a camp session. The full balance for camp must be paid by May 1st, but payments can be made between February and May to make it less of a financial strain.
 

Volunteer Friday #23

Volunteer Friday #23

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 TJ!

TJ SULLIVAN

Volunteer Area(s): Bloc Co-Leader, Tear Down Team

Why did you choose to volunteer in each of your areas? 

I got involved with tear down to be a part of the effort it takes to have our services on a Sunday. It's not a simple task to set everything up and tear it back down again each Sunday, but many hands make light work and I wanted to contribute to that! I jumped in to a men's bloc to build new relationships and have a place to be vulnerable and honest. Over the years that involvement morphed in to a co-leading scenario currently which I've enjoyed sharing with a couple other guys. 

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

Watching our church adapt to new locations (I've been a part of 3 moves and 3 unique spaces) and overcome those challenges to still create a welcoming environment has been very enjoyable. It's been fun to watch the logistics of what we're setting up and tearing down and how that all comes together throughout those different spots. 

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

Grace

Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

A morning on the couch with my wife and some coffee, a walk with our dog Finley, a bike ride on the greenway to a brewery capped off with dinner and a fire pit night in the backyard!

 

NEXT I'D LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE DAVID BELL BECAUSE... HE'S THE ROCKSTAR COORDINATING EVERYTHING TO DO WITH TEAR-DOWN!

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Volunteer Friday #22

Volunteer Friday #22

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 Paul!

PAUL PEARL

Volunteer Area(s): Production and helping facilitate a QCB Bloc

Why did you choose to volunteer in each of your areas?

I had done Cafe Team for a couple years then was working weekends so had to take a break. After that I decided to try something new so I joined the Production Team. You spend several hours on a Sunday morning with the team so it gives you more opportunities to get to know people more than just a hello and a handshake. I joined the men's morning Bloc to try to build some deeper relationships and figure out what spiritual growth looks like in my life - it's not something you get much of an opportunity to do on a daily basis as a dad with a couple young kids. 

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

I just enjoy meeting the other people on the Production Team each time that I serve and getting to know a little bit about each of them. 

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

Liminal

Describe your perfect day in Charlotte:

My favorite thing to do is walk through my neighborhood in West Charlotte with my family. Or go to one of Charlotte's great neighborhoods like NoDa or Elizabeth.

 

NEXT I'D LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE TJ SULLIVAN BECAUSE... I HAVE REALLY ENJOYED GETTING TO KNOW HIM IN OUR QCB BLOC.

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Volunteer Friday #21

Volunteer Friday #21

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 Allen!

ALLEN WALLACE

Volunteer Area(s): Worship Band, High School Bloc

Why did you choose to volunteer in each of your areas?

I chose to volunteer in the band because the music was what initially attracted me to Watershed. Everyone on stage seemed very authentic, and the quality was great. I decided to be a part of the High School Bloc because youth group was an important part of my life growing up in church. I actually went to college to be a youth minister, but now that plans have changed, this gives me an opportunity to pursue that dream in a different capacity. 

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

Singing Whitney Houston's I Wanna Dance with Somebody during the Stogies and Stilettos series, two years in a row! Also, being on stage during a baptism service, and experiencing that up close is really cool.

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

The one word I would use to describe the Watershed community would be Inspiring.

Describe your perfect day in Charlotte:

I like to go to the park with my wife and daughter. Sadie loves to play on the playground, and occasionally I'll get them to walk along while I play disc golf. The perfect end to a day would be a fire on our back patio with friends.

 

NEXT I'D LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE PAUL PEARL BECAUSE... WE WERE IN A BLOC TOGETHER, AND HE BEAT ME IN WEEK 1 OF OUR WATERSHED FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE.

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