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Volunteer Friday #4

Volunteer Friday #4

WELCOME TO VOLUNTEER FRIDAY!

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 Adam!

ADAM DESAUTELS

Volunteer Area(s): Greenhouse: currently in Redwoods, but I have served in every area except Sprouts. Former Rove leader and Bloc leader, but having kids and going to grad school, I have had to step back from those areas for a time!

Why did you choose to volunteer in your areas? 

I believe that there are many expressions of faith in our community and providing opportunities to meet God in unexpected places has driven me to go where I am called.  

In Rove, people new to Watershed have often sought to experience nature and have a communal experience that isn't as focused on the core doctrine of a church. There are opportunities to see who we are in action without being super committed to a weekly Bloc full of people you've never met.

In leading a Bloc for men, I found a calling to come around some brothers and study our faith and challenge each other to grow. I think it is important for people to experience a relational Bloc or two before really getting into the nuts and bolts of how you personally can strive to be a better steward for Jesus.

Finally, Greenhouse is something I have done since before I had kids. It provides me with joy to see our kids having a faith experience that is truly special and different from what I knew as a kid. We have a lot of great people who want these kids to know they are loved by God and their community. I typically want to go where I am needed most, now that I have kids I actually want them to experience what our volunteers offer without it coming from mom or dad. I feel like this reinforces the good news that they are so loved!

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

I can only pick one?! I would have to say I have been floored by many of our kids as they find their voices and let us into their worlds. Just last week, there was a brother and sister who helped demonstrate Jesus' servitude by washing his disciples feet. They did this despite other kids calling it gross! It gives me such hope to see that kind of character in our kids.

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

Nomadic. Seriously, we move more than someone in the military (if you can't tell by now I am a jokester!). Fruitful. The kids keep piling into GreenHouse and they ain't comin' from storks!

That's two words, Adam! But we love you, so we'll let it go! ;)

Describe your perfect day in Charlotte.

Sundays are family days for my family. We try to do things together with intention. I am always down for Watershed (of course), chores, hanging out with friends, the next honey-do project, or some crazy parental activity like Carowinds. Sometimes, I get to go out Saturday night and catch a band and hit up the diamond for a burger. I'd say that's probably the perfect lead into a Sunday because good music can recharge your soul.

 

NEXT TIME I’D LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE TONY SANTORO BECAUSE… HE'S ALWAYS BEHIND THE SCENES VOLUNTEERING 40 WEEKS IN A ROW SO YOUR KIDS GET LOVED ON. I ADMIRED HIM STEPPING UP THIS SUMMER TO GIVE SOME VOLUNTEERS A BREAK AND I BET WE'LL LEARN SOMETHING WE DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT HIM... 

Volunteer Friday #3

Volunteer Friday #3

WELCOME TO VOLUNTEER FRIDAY!

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 Mary!

MARY SHELBY

Volunteer Area(s): Greenhouse (Evergreens & Redwoods), Catapult (Girls on the Run Coach at Byers)

Why did you choose to volunteer in your areas? 

I always feel more connected to a community when I'm actively participating in it. When I first started coming to Watershed, Greenhouse seemed like the perfect way to do that. Plus we have great kids, who are so much fun to teach! I became involved with Girls on the Run on a whim, after I received an email asking if anyone had any weekday afternoons open. Since becoming a coach 2 1/2 years ago, it has easily become my favorite part of the week. It also opened my eyes to a part of Charlotte that I was ignoring. Being thrown into this new environment has given me a whole new perspective on this city I call home.  

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

My favorite moment probably has been the relationships I've developed as a GOTR coach. I have a couple students who I've coached since 3rd grade, that are now in 5th. It's been a real privilege to get to know these girls and walk beside them as they grow up. I had no idea that I would feel so changed by this experience, and I'm so grateful for it.   

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

Generous. I feel like the Watershed community is so generous with their time. I love meeting new people at Watershed and hearing about all the different ways they are either plugged in or giving back to our community. It's really refreshing to hear about all the different ways people are owning our church.  

Describe your perfect day in Charlotte.

My perfect day in Charlotte would be a sunny fall day, in the 70's, where I would walk my dogs to Freedom Park, meet up with friends to watch the Panthers win, then head to a couple breweries, eat dinner on Sir Ed's patio, and be home in bed with Netflix on by 9.  

 

NEXT TIME I’D LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE ADAM DESAUTELS BECAUSE… OVER THE YEARS I'VE BEEN ABLE TO SEE HIM POUR INTO THE KIDS IN GREENHOUSE AND SEE THE IMPACT HE'S HAD ON THEM!

Volunteer Friday #2

Volunteer Friday #2

 

Welcome to Volunteer Friday!

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 Hannah!

Hannah and her husband, Will

Hannah and her husband, Will

Hannah Rice

Volunteer Area(s): GreenHouse, Catapult

Why did you choose to volunteer in your areas? 

Service is a really important part of how I feel connected to Charlotte. It's so easy to feel disconnected in such a big place and serving allows me to connect more deeply with people. So, serving at Watershed seemed like a great way to get involved and get to know people in our faith community better. I love the controlled chaos of the Diggers classroom and am constantly inspired by their creativity and imagination!  

“Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” - MLK Jr. 

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

One of my favorite moments was when I was helping coach Girls on the Run several years ago. I told a girl that I ran so slow I might as well be walking backwards. The girl looked at me and said... "Ms. Hannah that's a hyperbole, you run just fine!" That's what GOTR is all about - building each other up! To this day I call all sorts of stuff hyperboles when I'm faced with self-doubt or negative talk in my head. Just further proof that I get more than I give when I serve. 

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

Embracing

Describe your perfect day in Charlotte.

First I would have a nice leisurely breakfast at home in the backyard. Then a bike ride to Inner Peaks to do some rock climbing followed by some lunch and a beer at Olde Meck. Then ride to Freedom Park where I would take time to read and take a nap in my hammock. Dinner at Macs Speedshop. Dessert is S'mores on the fire in the backyard. This of course is all taking place on that perfect Charlotte crisp fall day. 

 

Next time I’d like Watershed to feature Mary Shelby because… she is a rockstar! Not only does she lead in Greenhouse but she also coaches girls on the run! Such commitment and she does it all with a smile and positive attitude! She brightens the GreenHouse hall!

Volunteer Friday #1

Volunteer Friday #1

Welcome to our very first edition of Volunteer Friday!

Every other Friday we're going to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed Students, Sunday Teams, CatapultBloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.

This week we're kicking it off by breaking the rules... we'd like to introduce you to TWO volunteers instead of just one! Meet Kristy Yetman and Stephanie Costas. Kristy and Stephanie have served in GreenHouse together for EIGHT YEARS. This year they moved up to co-lead the Evergreens Classroom (K-1st Grade) to support GreenHouse's model of small groups and continue deepening relationships with the kids they've grown to love. GreenHouse Director Becky Santoro says, "Kristy and Stephanie have written curriculum for us, continually support families, and embody the mission of GreenHouse so well!" 

Without further ado, meet Kristy and Stephanie!

Kristy (left) and Stephanie with Stephanie's daughters

Kristy (left) and Stephanie with Stephanie's daughters

Kristy Yetman

Volunteer Area(s): Greenhouse Evergreens Team Leader, Bloc Leading, Catapult Tutoring at Byers

Why did you choose to volunteer in GreenHouse?

I remember the adults who poured into my spiritual development as a child and chose to spend time in a classroom teaching us their understanding of the scriptures.  I love being able to foster such an ancient act of passing on what has been learned from the generation before.  

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

My favourite moments are when the apprehensive new kids come for the first time and end up not wanting to leave because they had such a great time! :)

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

Open

Describe your perfect day in Charlotte.

Any day I can spend with my husband Des. 

 

Stephanie Costas

Volunteer Area(s): GreenHouse Evergreens Team Leader, Catapult Staff Pal

Why did you choose to volunteer in GreenHouse?

I started volunteering in GH after my first daughter was born.  I wanted my daughters to grow up seeing their dad and me giving of our time to our church community.  It has since become a steady rhythm in our lives.  There are so many adults investing in my kids' lives, and I am willing to invest in other kids' lives as well.  The kids that I get to work with in GH are amazing and so much fun!

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

Oh man!  There is no way I could choose one moment.  Every week there is something that happens... a conversation where a light bulb goes on, a comment that makes me laugh, a new connection formed, or a hug with a kid... all which make serving in Greenhouse filled with lots of favorite moments.

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

Big-hearted

Describe your perfect day in Charlotte.

With my kids or without them?!  The perfect day would start with yoga and a juice, then involve some outdoor time working in the garden, food from Viva Chicken or Luna's Living Kitchen, going to the park with the kids and hubby, and end with laughs and conversation with my family and friends around a campfire. 

 

Next time we'd like see Hannah Rice featured because she has done a awesome job in the Diggers classroom (3-5 year olds) of Greenhouse this past year, and she recently stepped up to fill the Diggers Team Leader role. She also volunteers her time as a Byers tutor!